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 five signature dialogue interventions help bring people together across divides

Our principles

Impartiality

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.

Inclusiveness
Inclusiveness

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.

Flexibility
Flexibility

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.

Local ownership
Local ownership

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.

Long-term commitment
Long-term commitment

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.