The Emerging Democracies Institute (EDI) is a 501 (c) 3 which supports the emergence of liberal democracies, just and accountable governments, and sustainable development worldwide by helping pro-democratic leaders and civic activists from post-conflict and post-authoritarian countries to have their voice heard in Washington, and by connecting policy-makers, media representatives and civil society organizations in emerging democracies in Southeast Europe and the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to exchange best practices and create lasting partnerships.
To give voice in Washington D.C. to non-mainstream democratic leaders and civil society organizations from post-conflict or post-authoritarian countries, such as:
- Balkans, where post-conflict democratic progress has been slow, and the progressive political forces have been largely in the opposition;
- Arab uprising countries, where the pro-democracy political forces have led the revolutionaries, but now find themselves mostly in opposition after elections resulted in the religious-right domination; and
- Authoritarian societies, where lessons from other post-authoritarian countries can provide insight on how to lay the groundwork for a successful development of democracy.