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.
DI is conducting public opinion research in several countries in the Middle East. To date, we have conducted nationwide representative surveys in Tunisia and focus groups in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, and we plan a survey in Libya. This research provide a means to gauge attitudes about democracy and serve as the basis for impact evaluations of USG DG programming.
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.
Democracy International conducted field work for an evaluation of 17 political party assistance projects in Morocco implemented by the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute since 2003. These projects, totaling more than $12 million, were funded by USAID/Morocco, USAID/Washington, by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. State Department, and the National Endowment for Democracy.
In cooperation with an expert from ARD, Glenn Cowan led an assessment of USAID’s political party assistance strategy in advance of the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections. The DI-ARD team worked with the USAID mission to design future programs in support of the development of Palestinian political parties.
Eric Bjornlund participated in the NDI election observation mission to the Palestinian presidential election led by former President Jimmy Carter. In 1995-96, Mr. Bjornlund had served as resident director of NDI’s democratic development programs in the West Bank and Gaza strip, leading up to watershed elections in January 1996.