Feb. 28, 2011, 4:03 p.m.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released a guide on political process monitoring.
This guide was developed by NDI’s citizen participation team and primarily explores the work that the Institute and its partner groups have conducted across five types of political-process monitoring – legislative monitoring; budget monitoring, budget advocacy and expenditure tracking; shadow reporting; monitoring government follow-through; and election campaign-related monitoring. The guide is based upon qualitative research conducted over a one-year period that included a desk review of NDI program materials and interviews with select NDI staff members and local partners. The guide also benefited from research visits to Mexico and Georgia where the team conducted in-depth interviews with NDI country teams, local partners and program beneficiaries.
NDI’s citizen participation team received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy to develop the guide. Though specifically targeted at NDI staff and partners, the guide could be used as a resource and manual for any organization implementing its own political-process monitoring program or supporting the monitoring work of others. The guide provides users with the following:
- An explanation of NDI’s approach to structuring and maintaining partnerships;
- The opportunities and challenges of designing and implementing political-process monitoring initiatives.
- A review of NDI’s political-process monitoring programs;
- An assortment of tools used by NDI to deliver assistance and its partners to carry out political-process monitoring programs;
- Vignettes and case studies of NDI political-process monitoring programs; and
A global overview of political-process monitoring initiatives.