Panama Democracy and Governance Assessment
In 2010 Democracy International conducted a broad, strategic democracy and governance assessment for USAID in Panama. The assessment piloted USAID’s revised DG Assessment Framework. A DI team traveled to Panama and met with senior government officials, political parties, civil society groups, journalists, academics, international donors, and implementers. The team prepared a comprehensive report identifying a lack of political accountability as the principal democratization challenge and recommending future programmatic options for USAID’s democracy and governance strategy in Panama. The team used the assessment to provide feedback to USAID on the revised Framework.