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Latin America and the Carribean


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.


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.


DI Program Officer Bill Gallery joined a Carter Center study mission to monitor electronic voting in the December 2006 presidential election in Venezuela. The mission was part of a broader effort to develop a methodology for monitoring elections using electronic voting, addressing such issues as software audits, voter privacy and the secure transmission and tabulation of results.

Middle East


DI conducted public opinion research in several countries in the Middle East, including nationwide representative surveys in Tunisia and focus groups in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. This research provided a means to gauge attitudes about democracy and served as the basis for subsequent USG DG programming in the region.


At the invitation of the Egyptian High Election Commission (HEC) and the Egyptian Presidential Election Commission (PEC), respectively, Democracy International conducted comprehensive international observation missions for the January 2014 Constitutional Referendum and May 2014 Presidential Elections. The HEC has also invited DI to observe the upcoming parliamentary elections, expected in late 2014 or early 2015.


To assist USAID with strategic planning for long-term programming in Jordan, Democracy International conducted a comprehensive assessment of Jordan’s rule of law and anti-corruption environment. The assessment included an analysis of the primary challenges and opportunities in advancing rule of law and combating corruption, an evaluation of existing programs, and a strategy for follow-on programming.