Jeremy Kanthor’s interest in governance started during a high school trip to Dakar, Senegal, that coincided with presidential elections. After observing an opposition rally and getting caught between opposition supporters hurling rocks and police using tear gas, he was quickly ushered into the home of the leading opposition candidate, Abdoulaye Wade. Meeting Wade, who lost that election, but later went on to become Senegal’s president, was “a thrill and sparked an interest in how other political systems work,” Jeremy says. Later that night at the hotel, he met people working on a U.S. government-funded project to support the electoral process. “I knew then that was the career I wanted.”

Since joining DAI in 2002, he has participated in the design and implementation of numerous governance projects, from local government reform in Romania to legislative strengthening in Armenia, Pakistan, Palestine, Azerbaijan, and Afghanistan, and ministerial reform in Palestine. Early in his career, he was awarded a yearlong fellowship to develop a system for monitoring activity impact in post-conflict environments. More recently, he worked in Bangladesh on the Promoting Governance, Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (PROGATI) Project, a major U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded anti-corruption initiative focused on strengthening investigative journalism, civil society monitoring of public services, government oversight, and parliamentary budget analysis.

Jeremy serves as the Governance Lead on USAID’s flagship health system strengthening program, The Health Finance and Governance Project, where he provides technical direction and ensures the technical quality of all governance activities. He also directs the project’s Angola team.

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