AMEX International, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, has been awarded a five-year contract to provide technical services and other development related activities related to U.S. programs to strengthen democracy, human rights, and governance worldwide. The Rule of Law (ROL) Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) is managed by USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.

“We are pleased to be able to participate in a program of such great importance to U.S. foreign assistance agenda,” said Mori Diané, executive vice president at AMEX. “As a small business, we take great pride in the role we will have the privilege to play within this larger cooperative effort to improve the lives of people throughout the world, by contributing to building peaceful societies that value the rule of law."

As prime contractor on USAID’s ROL IQC, AMEX will lead an impressive team of internationally recognized research institutions, prestigious U.S. universities, and private consulting firms with leading expertise in democracy, human rights and governance.  The AMEX Team includes the Urban Institute, American University’s Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Crimson Capital Corporation, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University; Institute of Justice Information Sharing, Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Pacific Architects and Engineers, PRO-telligent, and Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center of George Mason University.

The new ROL IQC is poised for implementation as USAID announced the release of its new “Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance.” The strategy places renewed emphasis on development efforts that promote inclusive and accountable democracies and help to advance freedom and dignity for all citizens. The strategy makes the case for democracy, human rights and governance as the foundation for all aspects of development, from conflict to improvements in social and economic progress.

The AMEX team will assist USAID staff and field-based missions and partners on legal, judicial and law enforcement reforms that promote the rights of all individuals, reduce poverty, and empower the poor and disadvantaged.  The objective of the agency’s new strategy is to integrate community participation, accountability, and human rights throughout all of its development sectors, including health, food security, climate change and economic growth. 

AMEX brings considerable experience to this project by building upon the fact that it is one of the first small businesses to have received a similar contract to implement USAID-sponsored rule-of-law programs in 1997.

AMEX, which was founded in 1982, has successfully managed more than 100, large-and small-scale development projects in more than 60 countries. For more than 30 years, the company has provided quality consulting, procurement, and shipping services to federal and local government agencies, foreign governments, international institutions and private corporations worldwide.