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Democracy and Governance

Strengthening systems of democratic governance to ensure accountability, justice, and inclusion

At Chemonics, we believe that those who have the least, deserve our best. And from our decades of experience working in nearly 150 countries around the world, we know that effective governance and accountable institutions are critical to alleviating poverty and achieving sustainable results in all sectors. So we partner with governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), the independent media, and local communities to strengthen democratic governance systems. We help prevent crime and violence in Mexico by improving government capacity at the federal, state, and municipal levels. And we ensure governance participation of women, people with disabilities, and youth in Nigeria. Our programs pursue a higher standard of transparency and accountability of leaders and institutions, and they protect and promote universal human rights.  

 

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Chemonics uses tools and innovative approaches tailored to the specific country context and needs of our beneficiaries. Our approach aims to foster an environment that respects individual liberty, guarantees transparent government institutions, and gives individuals a voice regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, family ties, political affiliation, personal opinion, or economic status.
 
Anti-Corruption: The prevention of corruption cuts across all of our programs. Our partners in these efforts include government, civil society, media outlets, and international organizations. We support efforts to improve education, government transparency, access to information, reforms, and national anti-corruption strategies.
 
Civil Society, Civic Engagement, and Independent Media: Our approach uses grants and capacity building to ensure that community-based and civil society organizations receive the support they need. We provide support on effective advocacy and networking, monitoring and evaluation, public awareness, gender empowerment, youth involvement, volunteerism, and legal aid to build demand for democratic reforms. We also promote citizen awareness and action.
 
Electoral Process Strengthening: We build sustainable democracies by supporting public voter education campaigns, youth awareness of political platforms and government functions, and women’s political participation.
 
Executive Branch Strengthening: We build the capacity of officials and institutions to implement laws, develop and oversee budgets, and hold other branches of government accountable. Our efforts streamline the laws, regulations, and policies that guide interaction with government institutions and design independent oversight mechanisms.
 
Human Rights: We work with governments and civil society to address structural human rights challenges by implementing more effective strategies and policy reforms. Our programs also support civil society groups in their efforts to raise awareness of and advocate against human rights violations.
 
Legislative Strengthening: We work with legislators to design programs that give citizens a better voice in how they are governed and support economic growth and development by shaping laws, budgets, and policies to that end. Our programs address issues such as constituent relations, policy analysis, and gender equity.
 
Local Governance and Decentralization: We build the capacity of local governments on service delivery, income generation, economic development, citizen participation. We also strengthen community-based and civil society organizations (CSOs) at the local level.
 
Rule of Law and Security Sector Strengthening: We promote the rule of law by improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of justice systems and relying on capacity building, training, expert analysis, and process streamlining. We work with the private and nonprofit sectors to improve accountability and ethics and public confidence in courts. We also provide technical support for alternative dispute resolution, justice sector reforms, and case management systems, as well as in assessment and design of security sector governance projects.
 
Violence Prevention: To prevent violence and improve security, we work with governments and civil society on implementing comprehensive approaches through multi-sectorial collaboration and technical support to institutions on addressing youth crime and violence as well as community policing efforts.
 


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    Todd Diamond Todd Diamond is a democracy and governance specialist and crisis and conflict analyst with over 20 years of experience. He has worked in the Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America on a variety of programs involving civil society actors, government institutions, and reforms. Previously, Mr. Diamond was a journalist and has also worked at the United Nations. At Chemonics he also provides support and analysis to governance programs in the Middle East. Mr. Diamond studied at the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Mr. Diamond earned a graduate degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Read more

    David VaughnDavid Vaughn is a rule of law expert with nearly 25 years of judicial reform experience, including 18 years implementing USAID-funded rule of law and security sector reform projects in countries across Europe, Central Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. He is currently the chief of party on the USAID Fair, Accountable, Independent, and Responsible Judiciary (FAIR) program in Ukraine. His expertise includes legal reform, institutional capacity building, judicial ethics, and civil society strengthening. Since joining Chemonics in 1998, he has led several rule of law projects, such as the USAID Russian-American Judicial Partnership and Women’s Legal Rights Initiative (WLR) projects. Mr. Vaughn was previously the chief of party of an anti-corruption and rule of law program in Ukraine. Mr. Vaughn holds a J.D. from American University, and an M.A. in political science and B.A. in Russian from the University of Vermont. Read more

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