National Endowment For Democracy – Washington, D.C.

Summer 2013 fellow: Shelley Xu

Faculty MentorLarry Diamond

Office Description: 

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over. NED’s nongovernmental character gives it a flexibility that makes work possible in some of the world’s most difficult circumstances; and the ability to respond quickly when there is an opportunity for political change. NED is dedicated to fostering the growth of a wide range of democratic institutions abroad, including political parties, trade unions, free markets and business organizations, as well as the many elements of a vibrant civil society that ensure human rights, an independent media, and the rule of law. For more information, please visit the NED’s official website.

Potential Projects: 

The previous fellow worked on analyzing NED’s grants in Chile’s democratic transition during the 1970s and 1980s, the extent of their impact, and the main forces pushing Chile from dictatorship to democracy. She researched grant files, interviewed individuals involved in the grant process, and researched media coverage.

Languages:

All work done in English./p>