Elections

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

By Elizabeth Sutterlin | June 22, 2021

A legally recognized form of identification can fundamentally impact our ability to exercise our economic, social, and civil rights in their everyday life. Taking part in many routine tasks - such as accessing social service benefits, receiving medical care, opening a bank account, or even making a phone call - now rely on showing proof of a legal ID. Those without an ID can be barred from these services, as well as from fundamental democratic processes, like  voting, running for office, or participating in the political life of a community. 

Liveblogging the Liberian Elections

Liveblogging the Liberian Elections

By Sarah Moulton | October 10, 2017

I'll be sending along updates throughout the day from the ECC datacenter as Liberians go to the polls today to vote in the Presidential and House of Representatives elections. Most recent updates are on top. Note: this blog post does not contain any official or unofficial information regarding the results of the observation. This will be released only by the ECC. 

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Burkina Faso and the Sahel: Turning Points in Elections and Security

Burkina Faso and the Sahel: Turning Points in Elections and Security

By Jaclyn Hawtin | February 24, 2016

On February 2016, NDI hosted the panel event, Burkina Faso and the Sahel: Turning Points in Elections and Security.  A panel of five discussed their experiences and observations leading up to and during the Burkina Faso election on November 20th, 2015. 
The speakers included:
  • Sophia Moestrup - NDI’s Deputy Director for Central and West Africa
  • Dr.

NDItech @ OGP Summit 2015

NDItech @ OGP Summit 2015

By Jared Ford | November 06, 2015


We’ve discussed the impressive Open Government Partnership a lot on this blog, among them here and here. They held their Global Summit from October 27-29 with NDI in strong attendance.  

Election Monitoring with Enketo

Election Monitoring with Enketo

By NDI Tech | August 21, 2015

NDI has been using Enketo to help collect data overseas, as part of tablet-based observation efforts. Enketo is a great example of an extremely useful, open-source tool, supported by a great community of users and developers. We asked the experts at Enketo to talk to our readers about how their tool works and how their tool supports NGOs working in some of the most remote locations in the world.

Enketo is a versatile tool that can be used by a diverse set of organizations with data collection needs. One advantage of Enketo is that it can be used on mobile phones, tablets, or computers and only requires a modern browser. No specific operating system is required. No installation is required; one only needs a link to the form to begin collecting data. Entering data directly into a form on a device minimizes transcription errors in data collection. When devices are connected to the internet, data is gathered in real time allowing for rapid data analysis. However, Enketo can also work as an offline tool in places where internet connections may be spotty or nonexistent. Data can be uploaded when an internet connection becomes available. For situations where security is a concern, Enketo also has the option to be used as a paper survey. Using a paper copy of the survey during data collection enables faster data entry at a later time.

The National Democratic Institute presents a powerful example of how Enketo can be used to benefit communities in a variety of settings.

From Strategy to Tactics - Assessment and Planning Trips

From Strategy to Tactics - Assessment and Planning Trips

By Chris Doten | August 11, 2015

Writing this while sleepless on a plane back from Kampala, Uganda where I was working with NDI's field office and the civic organization group, the Citizen's Election Observers Network (CEON). This was an assessment and planning trip, so I thought I'd walk you, dear readers, through what that type of effort looks like.

NDI has been working with civil society and the parliament in Uganda for about 15 years. Along with our CEPPS partners IRI and IFES, we will be supporting a range of groups as they monitor the process of next year's election in Uganda. While NDI defined at a high level WHAT was to be done in the initial plan, there's a lot of HOW that is left to be determined. The goal of a planning trip like this is to produce a detailed plan to meet program objectives and a shared vision between key stakeholders - including the DC office, the partners, the field office team, and other collaborators - on how to make it all happen. We also need to be able to make sure that the partner's priorities and needs are matched to the appropriate tools.

Typically, on an assessment trip I attempt to analyze a range of factors that determines what is possible for a program and define the most impactful approach. Below are key considerations for an early technical assessment:

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By David Rosenthal | August 10, 2015

Hello, world! I’m NDItech’s new Project Manager. I’ve been with NDI for two years as an Administrative Officer focusing on technology operations support. My portfolio included tech budgeting, procurement, vendor management, and generally providing the best IT solutions to support our staff around the world. In my new capacity, I’ll have a more direct role in advising our programs and partners.

Nigeria’s Innovations

Nigeria’s Innovations

By Christine Schoellhorn | April 15, 2015

Nigerians went to the polls last month to determine their next president in a tightly contested election between sitting president Goodluck Jonathan and retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Citizen Loop: Voter Engagement Through Mobile Feedback Loops

Citizen Loop: Voter Engagement Through Mobile Feedback Loops

By NDI Tech | March 26, 2015

We recently put forward a proposal with the folks from The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and CiviCRM to the Knight Foundation News Challenge on Elections. The competition looks for creative ways to help engage citizens, strengthen participation and educate voters.

Our proposal is entitled “Citizen Loop - Enhancing Voter Engagement Through Mobile Feedback Loops”. The concept is relatively simple: an interactive voter engagement tool that increases participation through an automated, dynamic, text message feedback system providing information and helping citizens make a plan to vote.