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DI works with diverse clients to solve democratic and other international development challenges around the world. We hold numerous contract and cooperative agreement mechanisms that USAID and other funders can use to access our diverse services.

Clients & Mechanisms

Democracy International is proud to support the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Democracy International has been a partner of the Agency since 2003, completing more than 100 projects, from small program assessments to large-scale implementation projects. DI serves as a prime holder of numerous contracting mechanisms with USAID through which USAID/Washington and USAID Missions can access DI’s services.

    In September 2012 the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) awarded Democracy International an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to support U.S. foreign policy objectives through targeted, short‐term assistance in priority countries in transition or crisis. The combined contract ceiling for the START ICQ is $30 million with a period of performance that runs through September 2017. Under START, DI manages, operates, and supports a flexible, rapid‐response mechanism to provide management, operational, and technical support to OTI’s goals and priorities in Washington and around the world. OTI established the START mechanism to provide rapid, flexible support services and short-term program management in countries where U.S. involvement can make a critical difference in the trajectory of a transition.
    In 2013 the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded Democracy International a five-year Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to implement programs around the world that respond to rule of law challenges and develop a culture of respect for human rights. The overall contract ceiling for the Rule of Law (ROL) IQC is $500 million with a period of performance that runs through February 2021. As a holder of the Rule of Law IQC, DI provides long- and short-term technical assistance and capacity building in support of critical rule of law priorities, including order and security, legal institutions, checks and balances, fairness and human rights, and the effective application of the law. DI's Rule of Law IQC team brings distinct, highly relevant, complementary experience and skills in the rule of law and development.
    Since 2004 Democracy International has held an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) with the U.S. Agency for International Development with a combined ceiling of $75 million to support the Agency’s democracy, rights, and governance work worldwide. DI supports USAID’s central bureaus, field missions, regional bureaus, and other USG agencies around the world by conducting democracy and governance assessments and evaluations in specific countries, designing democracy, rights, and governance programs and strategies, and carrying out applied research and writing projects. Such services help ensure that USAID’s democracy and governance strategies, programs and activities, and monitoring and evaluation plans are based on in-depth and well-informed analysis, cutting-edge research, valid data, and best practices in the field of democracy and governance.
    In 2013 the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded Democracy International a five-year Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to conduct conflict analysis, including conflict and vulnerability assessments and program evaluations. As the exclusive provider of analytical services under this IQC, DI will provide rigorous and innovative conflict analysis to inform strategic planning and programming for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. The combined contract ceiling for the PEACE ICQ is $7 million with a period of performance that runs through September 2018. SAID established the PEACE mechanism to provide technical assistance, advisory services, training, and program implementation to support conflict prevention, management, mitigation, and recovery throughout the world.
    Democracy International is a holder of Component 2 of the five-year Monitoring Support Project (MSP) awarded by USAID/Afghanistan. The main objective of MSP is to provide USAID/Afghanistan with detailed data on project implementation, allowing technical offices to compare information from their own monitoring efforts with additional sources of independent monitoring data, and make evidence-based management decisions on the performance of their projects. Under Component 2 of MSP, DI will support knowledge management and communications strategies to aggregate and analyze data and share information related to USAID’s work in Afghanistan.
    Democracy International is a holder of the cross-sectoral monitoring and evaluation Indefinite Delivery, Indefinte Quantity contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development, under which DI and others are supporting USAID/Washington and USAID Missions around the world to learn about their experiences and adapt programs to meet shared objectives through performance monitoring and program evaluation. This five-year, combined $455 million ceiling contract is designed to assist USAID in planning and conducting evaluations, building capacity for and carrying out performance monitoring, and synthesizing monitoring and evaluation lessons.

Democracy International has regularly worked with the U.S. Department of State to help achieve its mission to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere, a mission it shares with USAID. Democracy International has worked for the U.S. Department of State in a variety of countries and regions central to America’s security and foreign policy.

    Since 2013, Democracy International has served as a pre-qualified, short listed partner of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) committed to implementing innovative and agile programming to assist CSO with its various worldwide missions. DI has worked closely with CSO, including in Bangladesh to promote messages of peacebuilding and combat violence.
    Democracy International serves as a pre-qualified partner of the Bureau of Near East Affairs Middle East Partnership (MEPI) to provide targeted support for democracy and development programs across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the United Kingdom’s work to end extreme poverty by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women, and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies strike. Democracy International has partnered with DFID since 2011 in countries facing critical democratic development challenges, such as Bangladesh.

The European Union combines different types of support to countries in need. It provides funding in the form of grants to support projects and organizations furthering its development objectives. Under the auspices of the European Commission, the EuropeAid Cooperation Office has in place framework contracts to facilitate the implementation of the external aid. Democracy International has worked to support key European Commission partners under Framework Contracts since 2013.

    Democracy International serves as a team member in a consortium managed by ARS Progetti for the period of 2013 to 2017 under the Governance and Home Affairs Framework Contract Lot 7. The European Commission uses this lot to request services in the areas of Governance (promotion and protection of human rights; support to democratization; reinforcement of the rule of law and administration of justice; public administration reform and civil service reform; decentralization and local development; and enhancement of civil society) and Home Affairs (prevention of drug trafficking and organized crime; border-crossing management and security; and counterterrorism).

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