NIMD is a goal-oriented organization that maximizes its impact through working closely with a large and diverse network of local, national and international partners. Although there is huge diversity and overlap, we generally distinguish three types of partners:
- Our implementing partners work with us to implement our programmes on the ground
- We work with like-minded strategic partners to maximize coordination, experience-sharing and cooperation on our project portfolios
- Our diversifying base of funding partners support us and our projects in a variety of ways
Another key part of NIMD’s network are the seven Dutch political parties who are the founding members of NIMD. These give NIMD access to unique expertise, high-level networks and policy advice.
Each of NIMD’s tailor-made democracy assistance programmes is implemented through a partnership with an organization working on the ground. This ensures that country programmes fully benefit from the implementing partners’ detailed understanding of party-political conditions on the ground.
Our preference is to team up with an existing, locally anchored organization that must at the same time be both politically impartial and have a proven track record of financially responsible project delivery. In countries where such organizations are absent, NIMD helps establish dedicated Centres for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) or sets up country offices with local staff to act as the effective programme implementing partner.
CMDs are governed by the country’s political parties while countries offices are managed by a local coordinator working directly for NIMD.
In Benin, NIMD works with a country office based in Cotonou
In Burundi, NIMD’s partner is the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP)
In Ethiopia, NIMD works with a country office based in Addis Ababa
In Kenya, NIMD’s partner is the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Kenya (CMD-Kenya)
In Mali, NIMD’s partner is the Centre Malien pour le dialogue inter-partis et la Democratie (CDMID)
In Mozambique, NIMD works with the Institute for Multiparty Democracy Mozambique (IMD Mozambique)
In Uganda, NIMD has a country office which acts as the secretary for the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD)
In Zimbabwe, NIMD works with the Zimbabwe Institute (ZI)
In Colombia, NIMD works with a country office based in Bogotá
- El Salvador
In El Salvador, NIMD works with a country office based in San Salvador
In Honduras, NIMD works with a country office stationed in Tegucigalpa
In Guatemala, NIMD works with a country office in Guatemala City, which also acts as a regional office for Central America
In Indonesia, NIMD’s partner is Kemitraan – Partnership for Governance Reform
In Myanmar, NIMD and Demo Finland jointly founded the Myanmar School of Politics (MySoP)
In Jordan NIMD works with a country office based in Amman
In Tunisia, NIMD’s partner is the Centre des Etudes Méditerranéennes et Internationales (CEMI)
- South Caucasus and Ukraine
In the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) and Ukraine, NIMD works with the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD)
NIMD actively supports mutual exchange and cooperation with organizations working in the field of democracy assistance. The main goal of our strategic partnerships is to collaborate sustainably on a multi-project basis, through joint programme planning and joint fundraising efforts.
Strategic partnerships allow funding to be secured from a wider spectrum of sources, giving added strategic flexibility and responsiveness to changing country conditions and global trends. Involving other specialist organizations gives a broader perspective on the future context of country programmes and ensures results and experiences are shared.
At the same time, strategic partnerships allow NIMD to remain focused on its core specialism of political parties, by bringing in the complementary expertise of other organizations.
We work closely with other European democracy assistance organizations as part of a wider community that seeks to advance and strengthen democracy outside the EU.
NIMD also enters into strategic partnerships aimed at marrying specific specialist areas such as democracy education, where results can be maximized through close cooperation with other expert organizations.
Political Parties of Finland for Democracy, Demo Finland, functions as a co-operative organisation for Finnish parliamentary parties. It seeks to enhance democracy by carrying out and facilitating collaborative projects between Finnish political parties and political movements in developing countries.
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NIMD is a proud member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD). EPD is an organisation supporting democratic transformations outside the European Union. As a network of European civil and political society organisations, EPD advocates for a stronger presence of democracy support on the European Union’s agenda and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and good practices in democratic transformations around the world.
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