Contract Mechanisms

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Democracy International (DI), along with four other organizations, a five-year Indefinite Quantity Contract with a combined ceiling of $75 million to support the Agency’s democracy and governance work worldwide.

DI supports USAID’s central bureaus, field missions, regional bureaus, and other USG agencies around the world by conducting democracy and governance assessments and evaluations in specific countries, designing democracy and governance programs and strategies, and carrying out applied research and writing projects. The evaluations cover the full scope of USAID’s programs in democracy and governance and will inform the design and implementation of USAID-funded democracy and governance strategies and programs. Such services will ensure that USAID’s democracy and governance strategies, programs and activities, and monitoring and evaluation plans are based on in-depth and well-informed analysis, cutting-edge research, valid data, and best practices in the field of democracy and governance.

DI’s approach focuses on bringing innovative ideas and fresh perspectives of practitioners and opinion researchers to the new challenges of effective impact evaluation, use of technology, security sector reform, and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. DI’s team includes The Carter Center, Charney Research, Chemonics International, Global Business Solutions, and Planning and Learning Technologies (Pal-Tech).

The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded Democracy International a five-year Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to conduct conflict assessments and program evaluations to support Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism (PEACE). As the exclusive provider of analytical services under this IQC, DI will provide rigorous and innovative conflict analysis to inform strategic planning and programming for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. The combined contract ceiling for the PEACE ICQ is $7 million with a period of performance that runs through September 2018.

Under PEACE, DI will conduct conflict assessments, using USAID’s Conflict Assessment Framework, and provide evaluation services to ensure improved program management and outcomes and benefit host country program performance. USAID established the PEACE mechanism to provide technical assistance, advisory services, training, and program implementation to support conflict prevention, management, mitigation, and recovery throughout the world. DI’s team includes Development Transformations, Chemonics International, and George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded Democracy International a five-year Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to implement programs around the world that respond to rule of law challenges and develop a culture of respect for human rights. The overall contract ceiling for the Rule of Law (ROL) IQC is $500 million with a period of performance that runs through February 2018.

As a small business holder of the Rule of Law IQC, DI will be able to provide long- and short-term technical assistance and capacity building in support of critical rule of law priorities, including order and security, legal institutions, checks and balances, fairness and human rights, and the effective application of the law. DI’s team for the IQC includes Alfa XP Web Software Company, LLC; American University; Carr, Swanson & Randolph, LLC; Crown Agents USA; East-West Management Institute; Institute for Sustainable Communities; Johnson Law Group International PLLC; QED Group; LLC; and Sibley International.

In September 2012, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initia-tives (OTI) awarded Democracy International an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to support U.S. foreign policy objectives through targeted, short‐term assistance in priority countries in transition or crisis. The combined contract ceiling for the START ICQ is $30 million with a period of performance that runs through September 2017.

Under START, DI will establish, staff, manage, operate, and support a flexible, rapid‐response mechanism to provide management, operational, and technical support to OTI’s goals and prior-ities in Washington and around the world. DI will provide a range of services for OTI programs under the contract, including logistical support, technical assistance, and activity implementation. OTI established the START mechanism to provide rapid, flexible support services and short-term program management in countries where U.S. involvement can make a critical difference in the trajectory of a transition. DI and its partners, the QED Group and XL Associates, have extensive experience working in complex and transitioning environments, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Tunisia, among others.