New Resources for Women’s Political Participation Training Programs

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September 26, 2013

New Resources for Women’s Political Participation Training Programs

In 2011 the National Democracy Institute (NDI) released Democracy and the Challenge of Change: A Guide to Increasing Women's Political Participation, a guide for democracy practitioners to help them develop and carry out effective programs to bring more women into government and politics. Building on this publication, NDI conducted research in three regions of the world in order to create complementary training materials and a companion training manual that staff and partner organizations can use in country.

These new training materials and manual take the best practices and approaches outlined in the Guide, refined with field research, and translate them into an accessible set of tools that will increase the quality of training programs for women as voters, advocates, elections officials, political party members, candidates and office holders. By presenting exercises, concepts and strategies in clear language targeted to local partners, this training manual and the accompanying modules aim to build knowledge and skills to increase women’s participation in civil society, political parties, elections, and government.

This set of training materials includes 14 content modules that cover a range of issues and skill areas. In addition, the cross-cutting themes of engaging men and using technology have been incorporated throughout. Each module is organized by sub-topic folders which include:

  • Presentation and notes on each sub-topic;
  • Trainer’s guide to aid potential trainers with the presentation;
  • Handouts and exercises for potential use depending on the audience, context, knowledge levels and timeframe; and
  • Additional resources for the trainer and participants on the specific content area.

 Every attempt has been made to make these materials as universal as possible so they are applicable across the Institute and partner organizations. Those who use them should be aware that all content should be carefully reviewed and adapted to the country context as well as the background of the training participants. The training manual and materials are available on the NDI website.

NDI welcomes feedback on these materials. Please feel free to share examples, handouts, exercises, additional content and translated materials that contributed to the effective use of these resources for the collective benefit of NDI and its partners. Comments can be sent to

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