Bethesda, MD – U.S.-based Democracy International (DI) today released an interim report on the findings to date of its observation of the legislative election process in Egypt, which was suspended in March after a ruling from Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court found that two key electoral laws were inconsistent with the 2014 constitution.

Six leading international development organizations have come together to form the Advancing Democratic Elections and Political Transitions (ADEPT) joint venture to provide high-quality support for elections and political transitions worldwide.

Writing in Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab, DI Senior Director Jed Ober makes the case that, while “Americans often lament their long presidential primary process -- but it should be a source of great national pride.” This is especially true, says Ober, in contrast with the typically closed internal political party dynamics in developing democracies, such as Bangladesh and South Sudan, where DI is working with the parties to democratize their candidate selection processes.

In 2011, Democracy International launched the Developing Young Leaders fellowship program in Bangladesh. DI recruits young Bangladeshi political activists from all of the main political parties for this six-month intensive program and works to help them develop skills that will facilitate connections between their communities and those in power. Shezin Hussain, one of the nearly 200 graduates of the program, shows that programs designed to empower young people and women are good for program beneficiaries and their communities:

DI has a long history of engaging with USAID and development partners to learn about their experiences and adapt programs to meet shared objectives through performance monitoring and program evaluation. Recently, USAID’s Policy Planning and Learning Bureau, Office of Learning Evaluation and Research (PPL-LER) awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to DI and others.