National Democratic Institute (NDI)
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Liberia is in transition. Celebrating more than a decade of peace since the end of its civil war in 2003 and surviving the Ebola crisis, the country is moving past a focus on political stability and towards building a resilient democracy that delivers for its people. After electing Africa’s first woman head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 2005, Liberians face another historic election in October 2017 when the country hopes to usher in its first post-war democratic transfer of power. NDI first worked in Liberia to assist in voter education and election monitoring for the country’s 1997 elections, and has continuously worked in Liberia since 2003. NDI is currently partnering with the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), a network of civil society organizations, to monitor the upcoming election process, including voter registration, the campaign period, and election day. NDI is providing assistance to Liberian organizations to encourage those traditionally marginalized from political processes, including women and youth, to engage in the upcoming elections by mobilizing around issues that they find most important in their daily lives.
Contact person: Laura Nichols (Resident Director)