Strategic Goal 7: Democracy and Human Rights - Performance Results for Performance Goal 1

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003
Report

VII. Performance Results

 

PERFORMANCE GOAL 1

Measures adopted to develop transparent and accountable democratic institutions, laws, and political processes and practices

 

I/P #1: ENGAGEMENT TO ADVANCE DEMOCRACY

Work with countries that are reforming government systems to create more transparent,
inclusive, and participatory practices, through bilateral engagement, multilateral mechanisms,
and non-governmenal (i.e., NGO) channels.

OUTPUT INDICATOR

Indicator #1: Number of Countries Eligible for Community of Democracies (CD) and Identified as Democratic in Other Indices

FY Results History 2000 N/A
2001 N/A
2002 Baseline: Invitations sent to 117 countries to participate in CD Ministerial in Seoul.
FY 2003
Data
2003 Results
  1. 118 countries invited to participate in 2002 Community of Democracies ministerial meeting (held in FY 2003).
  2. Freedom House 2003 Report (released 04/03)
    Free: 89, Partly Free: 55, Not Free: 48
    • Improved countries: 29; Declined countries: 11
    • Net Progress: +18
  3. 2002 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (published 03/03)
    Countries w/ Human Rights: 126; Countries w/ Limits: 35;
    Countries w/o Rights: 34
    Net Progress: +6
    • Citizens of 6 countries gained the right to change their government since the 2001 country reports were issued, including Comoros (new elections), Republic of Congo (new elections), Kenya, Fiji (end of coup), Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.
Target
  1. More countries become eligible for inclusion on invitation list for CD ministerial.
  2. Freedom House Index: Net Progress: (i.e., + change from previous year).
  3. Country ratings in Human Rights Practices: Net Progress, (i.e.,+ change from previous year).
Rating Above Target
Impact More democracies provide for a safer, more stable world and a basis for enhanced international cooperation. More countries accept the necessity of democracy and human rights protection as a prerequisite for building strong and prosperous societies, a relationship emphasized in U.S. international assistance strategies.

OUTPUT INDICATOR

Indicator #2: Activities That Strengthen the Community of Democracies (CDs)

FY Results History 2000 CD held its first ministerial in Warsaw.
2001 CD Caucus established and met.
2002 Follow-up ministerial CD took place in Seoul.
FY 2003
Data
2003 Results
  • Seoul Plan of Action implementation well underway.
  • Regional CD conference for democracy building in Africa and Western Hemisphere, with Organization of African States-African Union (OAS-AU) cooperation, held in June 2003.
  • OSCE meeting to be held in Romania in November 2003; Portugal meeting also planned.
Target CD ministerial produces Plan of Action. Implementation begins, including OAS-NEPAD cooperation and other regional follow-up.
Rating On Target
Impact

2003 regional conferences allowed participating countries to discuss ways to strengthen and expand democracy. By fulfilling first two items of Seoul Plan of Action directly and other five items indirectly, they maintain momentum between CD ministerials.

Growing interaction between the OAS, AU, and NEPAD will better equip the African states to face crises in democracies. U.S. better able to call on and rely on regional action to respond to crises, such as those in Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and Burma.

 

Photo showing a disabled woman dropping her ballot into the box at the polling station in the International Academy School of Kigali, Rwanda.

A disabled woman drops her ballot into the box at the polling station in the International Academy School of Kigali, Rwanda. � AP Photo/Ricky Gare