Assessing Democracy Assistance

Grantee: Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior

The project “Assessing Democracy Assistance” was implemented by Fundación para las relaciones internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2011. The project’s goals were to provide the first comprehensive assessment of global democracy assistance efforts based on the views and perceptions of local stakeholders and to ensure, through systematic dissemination and consultation among policy makers, opinion leaders, media and local stakeholders, the findings’ impact on future policy design. Whether the project succeeded in strengthening international commitment to democracy assistance and strengthening the quality of development assistance by improving the alignment between the supply and demand sides is difficult to judge, especially for a small, short-term intervention. However, evidence has been found that project results were broadly disseminated and cited among academics and practitioners worldwide. While the project did not provide capacity building and institution strengthening in the traditional sense, it did promote activities of a number of relatively young researchers, contributing to rejuvenating and strengthening the democracy community.