Training For Sustainability in Democracy, Rights and Government

MSI’s Democracy and Governance Outreach and Support Project serves as the primary training support for USAID’s DRG Center.

The project team advances the USAID Forward agenda through trainings and annual events, including this year’s DRG Forum that featured Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman. The DRG Center is also known as the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Rights and Governance.

Housed in USAID’s Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau (DCHA), the DRG Fundamentals training course focuses heavily on the DRG Center’s sustainability and internal knowledge management, providing an approach that parallels the USAID Forward reform agenda. The course provides an overview of the center’s programming and policy goals to Washington, D.C., and field-based DRG officers, as well as other program officers involved in governance activities. DRG Center staff collaborates with MSI trainers to create course materials and jointly present to participants.

MSI’s project team, helping with logistics and coordination efforts, supports the center’s two annual events, the DRG Forum and the coinciding DRG Officers’ Learning Workshop. The 2012 DRG Forum was held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. USAID implementing partners and DRG field officers met to discuss cutting-edge policies related to democracy, rights and governance programming. Ms. Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and women’s rights advocate, delivered the keynote address and focused on the “Dignity Agenda” that advances human rights worldwide.

The DRG Officer’s Learning Workshop provides an opportunity for Washington, D.C., and field-based DRG officers to learn from each other on implementation challenges, opportunities and innovative programming tools. More than 150 participants attended both the forum and workshop in June of which three-quarters flew in to attend while others participated via social media.

The project also helps develop training courses for other teams at the center, including a course on “Strengthening Public Financial Management and Public Accountability,” a cross-sectoral course-involving curriculum from both DRG and the economic growth, education and environment teams. This course aims at improving host country government financial systems and accountability measures, supporting another key pillar of USAID Forward’s Implementation and Procurement Reform on the use of host country systems.

MSI has worked with USAID for three decades on progressing democracy and governance approaches and programming.  We have assessed the impact of democracy and governance around the world through assessments, strategies and surveys, as well as trainings in conflict resolution, rule of law, gender mainstreaming and civil society.