What we do
At the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, we believe that democracy can only thrive when all voices are heard, and inclusive and respectful dialogue between politicians, political parties, civil society, and citizens is crucial to achieving that goal.
We build all our democracy support programmes around that core belief, ensuring we help empower everyone – from traditionally marginalized groups to established politicians – to play their role in political life and work for the common good of their country.
Working across five key thematic areas, we focus on dialogue and trust building. Whether it is a formal dialogue platform, an informal gathering, a Democracy School class or an internal training session, our intervention strategies are aimed at bringing people together to collaborate.
Our approach is non-partisan and independent. We are not affiliated with any specific political denomination or institution and work impartially with all parties across the political spectrum. However, our impartiality should not be confused with neutrality: NIMD is driven by the democratic values underpinning our vision and mission.
To NIMD, inclusiveness means that we work with both ruling and opposition parties. They are all welcome to take part in the dialogue on societal issues with an equal voice. The principle of inclusiveness also refers to our focus on fostering equal opportunities for under-represented groups to engage in democratic processes at all levels.
Flexibility is crucial to ensure the quality and the impact of our work. We adjust our programmes to changing circumstances, and have many tools to help us respond to the unique political histories and cultural contexts of the countries where we work. Starting with an in-depth analysis, we assess how we can contribute to positive change in the political system and political culture of the country. Then, together with our partners in the country, we develop a tailor-made approach to make that change a reality.
We work with our partners on an equal basis. Our programmes are rooted in the countries where we work and reflect local demands. Our country offices and partners are crucial to our success. Their national expertise ensures that our strategies reflect and respond to the needs and demands of that country.
It takes time to contribute to political transformation. You need to strengthen political parties and other actors; help build effective working relations between political forces; and facilitate trust building. Therefore, we invest in long-lasting relationships with those with whom we work. This applies to our partners as well as the political actors we target.