On June 23, Democracy International and USAID’s Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance launched their co-authored guide on electoral results assessment and verification at USAID’s annual DRG Officer’s Conference. Glenn Cowan, DI Chief Executive and the “godfather of PVTs”, and Evan Smith, DI Senior Director, joined USAID’s Carol Sahley, Julie Denham, and Sidney Watae to introduce the guide to USAID DRG officers from around the world.
On May 27, Democracy International’s Executive Director, Thomas O. Melia, called for smarter US foreign assistance approaches to democracy promotion. Melia spoke at the Society for International Development (SID), Washington Chapter’s 2015 Annual Conference on a panel called “New Times, New Tools?
On May 21, Democracy International’s Executive Director, Thomas Melia, challenged advocates of a renewed American commitment to supporting democratic advancement in the Middle East—inside and outside the government—to connect the dots better between democracy and security. Melia spoke at the rollout of the Project on Middle East Democracy’s (POMED) annual critique of the Administration’s budget for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) programs in the Middle East, The Federal Budget and Appropriations: Democra