Democracy, Rights, and Governance

Panel members speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center Forum on the Federal Data Strategy

After an exciting and productive conference at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Nick Hart, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence Project, invited AEA members to speak at a public forum on November 8 on the Federal Data Strategy and its draft practices.

children hiding behind a loom

In support of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), EnCompass and Social Impact have partnered to complete a baseline assessment of the United States–Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, implemented in collaboration with national ministries. 

southeast asian children on a boat

Under a blanket purchase agreement with the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, EnCompass is undertaking a complex, multi-stakeholder evaluation of a regional coordination body, developed by the International Labour Organization/Indonesia. This body works to reduce trafficking in persons within the fisheries industry among ten countries in Southeast Asia, and to include diverse actors including governments, civil society organizations, international buyers and retailers, workers and employers, and international agencies.

image of cuba flag

Through this multi-year contract, EnCompass is providing performance management technical support to the Office of Cuban Affairs in USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC/Cuba). The EnCompass team is supporting the office in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its assistance activities.

school children gathered at school courtyard

EnCompass supports the MacArthur Foundation’s Big Bet On Nigeria program as its Evaluation and Learning partner. The On Nigeria program focuses on reducing corruption in the country by encouraging accountability, transparency, and good governance in many sectors of society, including electricity distribution, universal basic education, home grown school feeding, criminal justice, and media and journalism.

This month, many individuals are seeking ways to be better allies by upholding and protecting the rights and dignity of friends, family members, and colleagues. But what does it mean for an organization to be an ally?

As we honor Pride Month at EnCompass, we have been reflecting on how our work supports dignity, security, rights, and inclusive human development. One recent example stands out.

Pride Flag

In 2011, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) launched the Global Equality Fund, which supports human rights defenders and civil society activists on several levels. Through the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance program, the Global Fund provides emergency assistance for activists under threat, and additional support to build security and resilience of advocacy organizations working on a wide range of LGBTI issues. 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, by Presidential proclamation. As we leave January behind, it’s imperative that we continue the fight against modern day slavery. Being focused for one month is certainly a great step in the right direction to raise awareness, but that’s not enough. Human trafficking occurs every hour, every day: 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months a year.

Then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watches as President Barack Obama signs a Presidential memorandum, "Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally," in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The 4th of July holiday presents an opportunity for all Americans to pause and think about what we are truly celebrating: whose freedom, whose independence, whose rights?  Recent discussions among EnCompass staff about the events in Charleston reveal the many different feelings and experiences among our staff about what it means to be an American. And those in EnCompass whose identity is in other nationalities and live in the United States, or in other countries, have yet a different set of experiences of this country.

South African President Jacob Zuma

Mothers in ancient Sparta washed the newborn with wine to ensure it was strong.  Later the baby was brought by its father to the elders, who inspected the newborn carefully. If they found that the child was deformed or weakly they threw it into Kaiada, the so called Apothetae, a chasm at a cliff, of the mount Taygetos. (See http://www.sikyon.com/sparta/agogi_eg.html)

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