Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is currently seeing the largest share of declines in democracy-focused Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout LAC, democratic backsliding has led to weakened institutions, increased corruption, and full democratic crisis. Instability, conflict, crime, and violence threaten the development of many LAC countries. If not addressed, these factors will impede the U.S. Government efforts to promote inclusive growth, reduce poverty, bolster resilience, and strengthen democracy throughout the region.
Making Cents International, in a joint venture with our partner Development Professionals, Inc., is supporting USAID’s LAC Bureau through the LACLEARN Task Order, awarded under the Analytical Services IV IDIQ, to improve USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) work in LAC. Through state-of-the-art, gender-informed analytical work, assessments, research, and special studies; results management support; and training, LACLEARN will contribute to sector learning in the region and build an evidence base for effective programming. The project will also conduct targeted short-term technical and analytical activities in transition environments that require rapid response programming support until other funds, mechanisms, and actors can be mobilized. These activities will advance stability and social inclusion in LAC by supporting stronger governance, democratic practices and values, and safer communities for citizens.
Our team will work across all DRG subsectors, including DRG sector aspects of citizen security and violence prevention. We will also ensure the integration of DRG principles and gender, human rights, and inclusive development in other development sectors. In the initial phase of the project, we will conduct an assessment of impunity around gender-based violence (GBV) in LAC; analyze trends in democratic norms and attitudes with regard to democracy and democratic values; and develop and disseminate visual, operational information products relevant to DRG and citizen security programming in the LAC region.
Training and dissemination of relevant learning and evidence through a clear learning agenda, networks, and communities of practice will be a key element of our work throughout the project. The rapid response component will support USAID/LAC with analytical services by identifying and recruiting experts for analytical tasks, selecting partner organizations for grants supporting technical activities, and facilitating a collaborative and interactive process of scenario planning and transition deployment planning.