WHAT DO WE DO?

Our mission is to advance innovative citizen-led approaches to improve governance, increase transparency, promote the rule of law and reduce corruption in developing and emerging countries.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

Governance will only improve if citizens organize themselves to demand reform. Governments respond to internal, not external pressures. We aim to help local civil society organizations (CSOs) acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to campaign effectively for reform, help development agencies to better assist local CSOs to have voice, and encourage government agencies to respond constructively to the demands of citizens as a way to strengthen their legitimacy.

Theory of Change

OUR SERVICES

Our pool of experienced international development experts are a unique resource for strategic counsel and have been tapped by our civil society partners and multilateral banks.

Technical Assistance

We connect experts with local leaders to jointly develop plans, support implementation, and evaluate impact.

Networking Services

We link organizations with similar goals and complementary skills to provide mutual support.

Knowledge And Learning

We share lessons by hosting events and publishing findings to advance our collective understanding on governance challenges.

Analytical Services

We provide analytical and advisory services on institutional development and improved citizen engagement.

Project Funding And Management

We provide grants, accompanied by technical assistance, to CSOs undertaking good governance and anti-corruption projects.

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Grants dispursed
262
Projects
114
Volunteers
54
Countries Impacted

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

Our unique approach to promoting good governance has been to develop and secure financing and technical assistance for CSOs that support initiatives for constructive engagement with governments. We also work with governments and development agencies to improve their CSO engagement strategies, effectively bridging the divide to produce results.

Supply side measures (laws and regulations, honest judiciary, and supreme audit institutions), the domain of governments, are critical to improving governance and reducing corruption. However, in many countries the laws are deficient and institutions function poorly. Even when the desire to reform exists, decentralized institutions may not be able to fulfill their responsibilities adequately.

Experience has shown that a capable, observant, and dynamic civil society (the media, local community organizations, and regional and national non-governmental institutions) can have a profound positive impact in bringing corrupt behavior to light and motivating recalcitrant governments to do something about it.

The services we provide produce concrete impact to turn the tide on poor governance.

SOME OF THE SUCCESS STORIES