MSI continues to be a leader in the field of democracy promotion and consolidation and effective governance. For three decades, we have been a significant partner to USAID on developing innovative approaches and programming, conducting analytical work and measuring the impact of D&G activities around the world.
Our work in analytical services spans the field from democracy assessments and strategies, to surveys and training in conflict resolution, rule of law, civil society, anti-corruption and civic education. Based on analytical work in more than 40 countries, we have produced a wide range of manuals, best practice papers and participated in conferences, including seminal research on development aid and extremism.
The Guide to the Drivers of Violent Extremism focused on the association of vulnerability to violent Islamist extremism and found 20 factors divided into cultural, political and socio-economic. Development Assistance and Counter-Extremism presented an approach to assessing risk and examines the role of development assistance in preventing or mitigating violent Islamist extremism.
For 10 years, MSI directed the U.S. government's flagship Implementing Policy Change Project that provided hands-on technical assistance to governments and organizations seeking to improve the management of policy change.
MSI has also advised on and implemented a wide range of local government and decentralization programs, in Mali, Sierra Leone, Colombia, and South Africa. We help to address local government management and efficiency in service delivery, citizen participation, promotion of transparency and accountability and the strengthening of civil society actors.
We also help governments and citizen groups assess and foster positive links between democracy, good governance and economic growth. Our assistance focuses on issues such as legal and institutional change and WTO accession.
MSI has global expertise helping governments and their citizens combat corruption. By promoting local ownership and sustainability, we have collaborated with host country counterparts, civil society organizations, the private sector, and the mass media to implement anti-corruption strategies. – less