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Latin America and the Carribean

DI is conducting a three-year program to provide analytical services regarding citizen security, youth crime, and violence prevention to the Office of Regional Sustainable Development in USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC/RSD). DI will investigate best practices and lessons learned from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, the Central American Regional Security Initiative, and the Mérida Initiative in Mexico, to promote knowledge sharing and to inform programming.



Using USAID’s new DG Assessment Framework, DI conducted a broad, strategic assessment of democracy and governance opportunities for USAID in Angola. The team found that the primary constraint to democratic development in Angola is the lack of effective political competition and political accountability.


Using USAID’s DG Assessment Framework, DI conducted a broad, strategic assessment of democracy and governance opportunities for USAID in Burundi. The team found that the concentration of power in the executive and the ruling party, poor accountability, and a weak rule of law were the primary DG challenges facing Burundi. It recommended a cross-institutional strategy to improve competition and government capacity through a focus on agricultural policy.


For the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon, Mr. Bjornlund spoke on the role of election commissions for an audience of election officials and civic leaders in Cameroon.


Democracy International designed a governance and decentralization program for USAID in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. DI deployed a six-person team, and team members traveled to various locations around the country.


Working with ARD, DI conducted a democracy and governance assessment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The DI-ARD team conducted fieldwork in Kinshasa and elsewhere in the country. The team cited massive government corruption and a weak judicial system as the core democratization problems facing the DRC. It recommended improved governance, especially better government management, and a strengthened judicial system as means to tackle corruption and end impunity.


In 2010, Democracy International began work on a two–year comprehensive election project in Djibouti in collaboration with the Djiboutian government and funded by USAID. The program aimed to build confidence in the electoral system of Djibouti through building the capacity of electoral administrators, encouraging public awareness and participation, enhancing political dialogue, and supporting electoral supervision and international observation.


DI worked with Women’s Campaign International and the National Assembly in Ethiopia on developing processes for parliamentary hearings. DI Principal Glenn Cowan traveled to Addis Ababa to advise the parliament and help organize public hearings on key issues.


Democracy International (DI) conducted a Democracy and Governance Assessment in Ghana to provide the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Ghana with a comprehensive analysis of the needs and realistic opportunities for assisting the consolidation of democratic rule in Ghana utilizing the four-step approach and methodology of USAID’s newly revised DG Strategic Assessment Framework (SAF).


DI worked with the Carter Center and researchers from the University of California, San Diego on election monitoring and vote count verification for elections planned for December. On behalf of the Carter Center, Glenn Cowan visited Ghana to meet with election monitoring groups and assess plans for a parallel vote tabulation. In October he participated in a Carter Center preelection mission.