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CDI Activities

By Region/Country

Asia & the Pacific | Fiji |
Indonesia | Papua New
Guinea |
Solomon Islands |
East Timor | Vanuatu
General, Global & Other

By Sector
Political Party Development
Parliamentary Strengthening
By Type
Training Projects
Advisory Projects
Research Activities
Program Staff & Development Activities
Events & Further Activities
Cross-cutting Themes
Women in Politics

Training Projects

CDI's major activity is the design and delivery of short term, intensive and high quality training projects that focus on improving parliamentary and political party processes, systems and integrity by engaging with both elected representatives and relevant secretariats, offices, and officials. The clear challenge is to help build stronger party and parliamentary structures which are robust, sustainable and (most importantly) can play a positive role in the process of development.

CDI employs internationally acknowledged best-practice approaches in delivering its projects in a non-partisan, gradual and responsive manner both in Australia and partner countries. CDI draws on Australian, regional, and international expertise in the form of democratic institutions such as Australian and New Zealand legislatures; major Australian political parties; independent and institutionally affiliated Australian and regionally based consultants, practitioners and other relevant experts.

Given our emphasis on engaging with present and future decision makers from our focus countries within Asia and the Pacific, CDI's training projects for parliamentarians, parliamentary secretariats, political party officials and relevant civil society actors often include new and up-and-coming members of parliament and party organizers. The Centre delivers its training programs mindful of both gender issues and ethnic and religious sensitivities.

Asia & the Pacific | Building Regional Networks for Parliamentary Oversight - 2013 ACPAC Conference | Sydney | 11-12 April
Asia Pacific | CDI-IPD-NDI | Asian Political Leadership Program | 27 March - 3 April 2012 | Bali
Vanuatu | Women Candidates Training - 2012 Elections | Port Villa | 6-10 August 2012
Legal Analysis Training for Timor-Leste Parliamentary Research Centre & Trainee Legal Drafting Staff | Dili | 3-7 May 2010













The Australian National University

School of International, Political & Strategic Studies

The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government. The Centre is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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