On December 19-20, 2015 the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) organized a training on internal party democracy for the Republican Party of Georgia. The invited trainer from the Netherlands, Mr. Dennis Hesseling facilitated the two-day training in Tbilisi. Mr. Hesseling has an extensive experience in Dutch politics and held various positions within the Democratic Party - D66. He gave trainings to political parties in Mali, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and South Africa on topics such as strategic planning and internal democracy.
The two-day training gathered 10 participants and aimed at increasing knowledge in internal party democracy and sharing the D66 experience in this matter. The training module covered three main topics - internal party elections, motivation systems for party members and nomination procedures for the local and national elections. During these two days Republicans participated in various brain-storming and brain-writing exercises in order create the realistic options for Republican Party to improve internal party democracy and discuss the different possibilities for internal party procedures. The participants assessed the training as interesting and full of practical examples, advises and stated that they would like to continue working on the issue with the NIMD in future.
Through a series of trainings and workshops, research and consultancy the NIMD Political Party Assistance Program supports its partner political parties in strategic planning and aims to assist them to strengthen organizational capacity, institutionalization and internal democracy. While supporting the institutional development of political parties the NIMD contributes to the emergence of strong, sustainable political institutions that are fundamental for the emergence and consolidation of multiparty democracies.