New Directors Confirmed for DI’s Bangladesh and Afghanistan Programs

Democracy International recently welcomed new Chiefs of Party for its Afghanistan and Bangladesh country programs. Daniel Murphy —in Afghanistan— and David Dettman—in Bangladesh—are both widely known within the democracy assistance community as thoughtful and effective managers, and we are excited about having them lead our two largest country programs.

In Afghanistan, DI has been working with support from USAID to assist the country’s democratic transition since 2009. As COP, Mr. Murphy is leading the DI country team to facilitate an Afghan-led electoral reform process to strengthen the country’s democracy and to foster governance innovation. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the program including strategic planning and maintaining relations with various stakeholders, such as civil society organizations, government officials, and members of the international community. In addition, Mr. Murphy, an election administration specialist with extensive experience running and supporting elections both in the U.S. and around the world, is responsible for DI’s assistance to the Electoral Support Organization of Afghanistan.

Before joining DI, Mr. Murphy served as an embedded technical advisor for the Afghanistan Electoral Complaints Commission during the 2009 presidential election and the 2010 parliamentary elections. He was then appointed as the Northern Voting Coordinator for the Kosovo Assembly elections in 2010 and 2011. His international experience also includes recent positions in Guyana and for DI in Haiti.

In Bangladesh, through its USAID-funded Democratic Participation and Reform program, DI is working to promote more responsive and inclusive political parties. Mr. Dettman, who previously served as DI’s Deputy Chief of Party in Bangladesh, supervises all aspects of DI’s activities with Bangladeshi political parties, civil society groups, and women and young people to encourage democratic, issue-based politics in the country. He oversees operations in DI’s headquarters in Dhaka and regional Women and Youth Centers located in Bogra, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet and, later this month, Rangpur. He is also responsible for DI’s technical assistance to political parties, which focuses on issues of national party reform to incorporate and promote grassroots participation.

Mr. Dettman has extensive experience managing international democracy assistance activities and U.S. political campaigns at the presidential, congressional, and local levels. He brings more than 20 years of political campaign and democracy strengthening experience to DI. He served as the Chief of Party for NDI in Ukraine from 2003 to 2006, when he began focusing on regional assistance to projects in Belarus, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, and West Bank/Gaza. In 2005, the new government of Ukraine awarded Mr. Dettman a “Heroic Order” medal for his work supporting the development of democracy there. He later became NDI’s Middle East and North Africa regional political advisor, based in Jerusalem, with responsibilities for political party development efforts in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and West-Bank/Gaza.

Learn more about DI’s program in Afghanistan here.
Learn more about DI’s program in Bangladesh here