Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) is founded by seven Dutch political parties in 2000 in order to assist political parties in new and developing democracies.

NIMD’s vision is to support multiparty political systems and capacity building for political parties and political groupings to sustain stable, pluralistic democracies. Through its support, NIMD aims to contribute to deepening and sustaining democratic political institutions in young democracies.

NIMD’s niche:

Multiparty Dialogue - NIMD facilitates consensus-oriented interparty debate between governing and opposition parties on concrete political reform challenges, set up and owned by the leadership of all parliamentary political parties across the political spectrum. In several of the countries where NIMD operates, political parties have established Centres for Multiparty Democracy (CMDs). These centres provide a neutral setting where political adversaries have the opportunity to discuss how they can work together to strengthen democracy.  Furthermore, it enables parties to find shared positions on such issues as constitutional reforms; reviews of electoral systems; improvements in the management of elections; increased levels of participation by women and young people in the political process; and legislation on political parties (including governance, accountability and public funding laws).

Political Party Support - Absence of policy alternatives and an interparty competition based on policy, results in a lack of confidence in political parties where the public does not see their interests represented. The capacity to aggregate and articulate the interests of their electorate and present them in the form of policies (also in relation to their representatives in parliament) is recognised by NIMD to be key. The NIMD approach chosen to strengthen capacity of parties is twofold: strengthening processes needed by a party to analyse, develop, and promote policies relevant for its support base, and secondly on skills, capacity and knowledge needed in a dialogue process. In order to identify these specific capacity needs of party, a dedicated analysis (SWOT/strategic planning) is the starting point to identify specific assistance requested by a party.

Currently, NIMD works with more than 150 political parties from 27 programme countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.