National Democratic Institute (NDI) views the development of strong, democratic, public-sector institutions as a critical component of its mission. It is through improved governance that the benefits of democratic development most directly impact the lives of citizens. Conversely, the inability of public sector institutions to function effectively and democratically undermines the sustainability of democratic reform.
Working with legislatures, executive offices, and local governments, NDI’s governance programs seek to promote effective public-sector institutions and processes that operate in a manner consistent with democratic values of transparency, representation, pluralism and accountability. The Institute delivers technical and institutional support to these bodies, while emphasizing the significance of their political dimensions.