While some of the proposed reforms require unilateral government action, others require negotiation
among government leaders, Congress, elements of the political opposition, the media and civil society.
USAID can play a role in bringing together these diverse actors and promoting dialogue and consensus
around the proposed agenda for reform. Should opportunities arise, USAID should also encourage the
generation of specific policy proposals in the above mentioned issue areas, based on the considerable
expertise of its current grantees.
If the political commitment to democratic reform increases dramatically over the next two years, and
significant progress is made in addressing the central problems of competition and balance of power,
then it would make sense to consider working directly with certain government institutions such as the
Judiciary and the Legislature and addressing other strategic priorities. Such scenarios are mapped out
briefly as part of the final recommendations.
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