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Latin America and the Carribean


DI advised on a parallel vote tabulation for April 2009 elections in Ecuador. DI Principal Glenn Cowan traveled to Quito to assess local election monitoring groups and consult with USAID.


In September 2011, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Democracy International a task order under the Elections and Political Processes IQC to support the upcoming legislative and municipal elections in El Salvador. This project was designed to provide support to the government of El Salvador in its implementation of recent electoral reforms.


Democracy International worked on a program supporting election reform and election administration in advance of elections in August 2006. DI advised the election commission on continuous voter registration, database design, biometrics, and the design of a new electoral system. DI advised both major parties on issues of electoral administration, voter registration, and pollwatching, and worked to promote inter-ethnic cooperation and conflict resolution at the national, regional, and community levels and across multiple sectors.


DI conducted a comprehensive performance evaluation of USAID/Haiti’s Limyè ak Organizasyon pou Kolektivite yo Ale Lwen (LOKAL) Program, a local governance program implemented by Tetra Tech ARD from September 2007 to December 2011. The DI team, composed of team leader Bertrand Laurent and local governance expert Dr. Yves-François Pierre, provided an evaluation of the program’s efforts to establish more effective and transparent local governance and enable local governments to provide basic goods and services to target communities.


DI election administration expert Dan Murphy served as a member of the Haiti 2011 Post-Election Needs Review/Planning Mission Joint International Team under the general coordination of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


Democracy International experts participated in a joint international election assessment commissioned by USAID, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The joint team sought to assess and document the lessons learned from the 2009 partial senatorial elections and to develop a roadmap for future assistance to help build the capacity of the Provisional Elections Council in advance of national elections planned for 2010.


For the United Nations, the OAS, and the Haitian Central Election Commission, Democracy International advised on procedures for voter registration and identity card production, voter registration database development, ballot design, printing and distribution of voter lists, and shipping of election supplies for elections in 2006. DI developed operational plans for the election commission’s vote counting and reporting procedures.


In April 2014, DI began work on a mid-term performance evaluation of two USAID-funded local government projects in Honduras: the Transparent Local Governance and Improved Service Delivery program (NEXOS) and the Decentralization Enabling Environment project (DEE). NEXOS aimed to improve the capacity of municipal governments to provide public services and respond to citizen demands, while DEE sought to promote broader public support for decentralization and a better enabling environment to promote further decentralization reforms.


DI deployed a five-person team, led by DI Senior Advisor Chuck Costello, to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of USAID’s democracy and governance programs in Jamaica. The evaluation focused on civil society, alternative dispute resolution, community policing, justice sector reform, inner-city development and other efforts directed towards improving citizen security and participation in government.


Piloting USAID’s revised DG Assessment Framework, DI conducted a broad, strategic democracy and governance assessment for USAID in Panama. Led by DI Senior Advisor Chuck Costello, a three-person team traveled to Panama in early 2010 and met with senior government officials, political parties, civil society groups, journalists, academics, international donors, and implementers.