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Democracy and Governance

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USAID’s democracy and governance programs provide technical assistance and training to citizens’ groups and community organizations in improving management and organizational skills, operational efficiency, responsible citizenship and accountable government. To strengthen democracy in Nicaragua, USAID is providing training for young, emerging democratic leaders and technical assistance to bolster civil society engagement and to improve local governance.

Good Governance

USAID is helping to improve the engagement of local citizens in municipal decision-making and development activities. Good governance programs help strengthen the participatory decision-making processes, increase the capacity of citizens to participate more efficiently and effectively in local government decision-making and improve the transparent management of public resources.

Civil Society Participation

USAID provides training and technical assistance to non-governmental organizations on strengthening the enabling environment for citizen participation. Based on international standards and best practices, programs support productive, participatory dialogue to determine the legal framework that best encourages broad citizen participation.  
 
Programs provide training to groups on organizational skills such as agenda setting, conducting meetings, maintaining minutes and records, and how to do fund-raising and outreach. Training also addresses message development, implementing communications strategies, coalition building, and operations issues such as volunteer recruitment and management, IT systems, and human resource management. USAID also provides training in effective leadership in terms of interpersonal skills, consensus building and teamwork and on specific development topics through short-term courses, workshops, observational visits, study tours, seminars, internships, and exchanges.

Democratic Leadership

USAID supports efforts to provide leadership training for young political party and civil society leaders to improve political negotiation and coalition-building skills, and to strengthen the capacity of parties to connect with citizens locally.

Last updated: August 13, 2014

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