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.