The Civic Tech Leadership Program

Project Description

The National Democratic Institute (NDI), through an existing partnership with Stanford University, will adapt a free, open online course called the Technology for Accountability Lab for a dual-language audience of English and Arabic speakers. The Lab provides 21st century skills on using technology to promote good governance, with techniques like mobile surveys and open data analysis. Within the Lab, NDI will select 200 applicants for a special track that offers hands-on mentorship and peer-to-peer collaboration. Mentees will enter the track with a ‘civic tech’ project idea for advancing a specific social goal using digital skills, and they will work in cross-cultural teams to create bilingual videos describing the most innovative project ideas. The teams responsible for the top video submissions will be selected for a study trip to Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley for additional skills-building. The trip will help translate their learning experience into real-world change by connecting with technologists, policymakers, elected officials, and civic innovators.

General Information

Lead Organization

National Democratic Institute



U.S. States


Partners in the United States

Institute for Representative Government; Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Project Duration

One year

Launch Date

Summer 2016

Student Age Group

University/Young Adult