Erin Houlihan

Program Director Democratic Governance
National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Erin Houlihan is an attorney and international development professional experienced in the design and implementation of democratic governance, rule of law and human rights assistance programs. Before joining NDI as a Program Director focusing on local and regional democratic governance, Erin worked with International IDEA’s constitution-building program based in The Hague. There, her research and advisory work focused on democracy and conflict transitions world-wide, working with constitution-makers and civil society to support reform processes. Prior to this, Erin served for a decade in a variety of senior advisor roles in the Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia, and Africa.

Event Schedule

19 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
10:30 am EEST 12:00 pm EEST Promoting Gender Intentional Local Governance: Participatory Assessment and Action Planning
Room MH 3-2

Local governments are closest to the people and directly impact daily lives. Yet women comprise just 5% of mayors and 34% of elected local councilors worldwide. This Read More

Cole Speidel

Program Manager Local and Regional Governance

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Erin Houlihan

Program Director Democratic Governance

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Aracely Carbajal Morales

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Tequio Juridico A.C.

Sandra Pepera

Senior Associate and Director for Gender, Women and Democracy

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Pranvera Lipovica

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Constance Nalishebo Muleabai


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Stacey Abrams

Political leader and New York Times bestselling author

National Democratic Institute (NDI)


Magdalene Dorto

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Deborah Nyirenda

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Yashmin Fernandes

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Stella Anyangwe

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Blandine Umuziranenge

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Taryn Russell

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Djeinaba Kane

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Melania Chiponda

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Claude Mambo Muvunyi

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Hanna Lemma

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Kathryn Toure

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Dr. Lisa Avery

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Carmen Correa

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Tawakkol Karman

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Anis Farid

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Patricia Elias

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Lipi Rahman

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Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda