Independent Diplomat

Independent Diplomat, the nonprofit that promotes democracy by organizing opposition movements and activists, has trained its sights on Venezuela.

The NY-based NGO is advising Women for Democracy in Venezuela, a group composed of members of the country’s opposition-led National Assembly and civil society on high-level negotiations and advocacy.

The goal is to ensure that any future political scenario meets the needs and demands of the country’s women.

Independent Diplomat is providing strategic communications, diplomatic engagement services and conducting workshops via a $250K grant from Global Affairs Canada.

It also may contact members of the State Dept and the US Mission at the UN on behalf of WDV.

ID, which was founded in 2004 by British diplomat Carne Ross, has worked with women in peacebuilding efforts in Yemen, Mali, Syria and Myanmar.

The socialist party of Venezuela president Nicholas Maduro claimed victory in national elections held Nov. 21. It was the first time in four years that opposition candidates to Maduro participated in an election.