The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades.

Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

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Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities
NDI will advance its efforts to mainstream participation of people with disabilities and DPOs throughout all NDI programs to expand their access to political life, increase their positive visibility and support policies that address their priorities. This effort will prioritize young and adult women with disabilities.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
NDI will encourage all its field offices to expand new, or strengthen existing, relationship with DPOs, in particular DPOs representing women, to facilitate increased program participation by people with disabilities.

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data
NDI will conduct research and produce a manual on gender-sensitive disability-inclusive monitoring and evaluation practices for democracy assistance programs.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
NDI will begin work on the manual in summer 2018 and produce the manual in 2019.

Adopt the voluntary OECD-DAC disability marker
People with disabilities will be directly involved in program design and implementation, including monitoring, data collection, interpretation and analysis for disability-focused NDI programs.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
NDI will pilot a disability-inclusive program design, monitoring and evaluation methodology in its next disability-focused program, anticipated to begin fall 2018.

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Year: 2018

NDI will consider reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities in all program budgets. 

NDI will strive to ensure that all field offices and event spaces are accessible and that all program activities provide reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.

Theme: Other
Year: 2018