In 2004, NIMD established its first democracy schools in Indonesia. Since then, NIMD has established over 20 democracy schools, divided over Mozambique, Burundi, Tunisia, Egypt, Indonesia, Myanmar, Guatemala and Georgia. In these countries, NIMD has provided political training to over 3000 students. In addition, many alumni have become relevant political actors in local politics or were elected into national or local governments. Many others became influential leaders of unions or community and civil society organisations. Moreover, the focus on training women and members of underrepresented groups has contributed to increase their political participation.


NIMD has five democracy schools in Indonesia working at a local level and training politicians, people working in civil society organizations and civil servants to build capacity and skills to strengthen the functioning of multiparty democracy. One of the aims of focusing this training on the local level is to achieve bottom-up change which can filter through to the national level. Our approach is practice based, which means that at the start of a 6-month democracy school programme the participants identify a specific issue in the local community on which they work towards making a policy proposal or piece of draft legislation which can be presented to the local Parliament.

Results in Indonesia

  • 1738 alumni trained
  • 179 alumni on the parties lists of the general elections of 2014, 16 were elected


In 2009 NIMD in Mozambique set-up a democracy schools programme. The main challenge was to enhance political accountability, transparency and service of local governments by strengthening the cooperation between local governments and citizens. More than 300 young societal and political leaders have been trained in the provinces of Manica and Nampula. Several alumni have taken a seat in the local councils of these provinces or became leaders in newly established unions and associations. The courses enhanced the leadership skills of the participants and led to improved service delivery and policy implementation at local level.

Results in Mozambique

  • More than 300 alumni have been trained
  • Over 20 alumni have been elected in local government positions


In 2011 the Jasmine revolution started in Tunisia against unemployment, corruption and for more freedom and democracy. The same year, NIMD founded a political academy for members of political parties. The aim of the programme was to increase the capacity of political youth and to encourage their positive and policy-oriented involvement. In this school, the opportunity was created for young members of different political parties to work together and build their capacities to apply democratic practices to come to consensus based solutions. In this way, we support the emergence of a new generation of politicians focused on dialogue and transparency.

Results in Tunisia

  • 188 alumni trained
  • 39 alumni were party leaders during the general elections of 2014