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 organise themselves to demand reform. Governments respond to internal, not external pressures. We aim to help local civil society organisations (CSOs) to acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities and tools to campaign effectively for reform, to help development agencies to better assist local CSOs to have voice, and to encourage governments agencies to respond constructively to the demands of citizens as a way to strengthen their legitimacy.
Theory of Change
Our pool of over 100 international development experts are a unique resource for strategic counsel and have been tapped by our civil society partners and multilateral banks.
We connect experts with local leaders to jointly develop plans, support implementation and evaluate impact.
We link organizations with similar goals and complementary skills to provide mutual support.
Knowledge & Learning
We share lessons by hosting events and publishing findings to advance our collective understanding on governance challenges.
We provide analytical and advisory services on institutional development and improving citizen engagement.
Project Funding & Management
We provide grants accompanied by technical assistance to CSOs undertaking good governance and anti-corruption projects.
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, 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, regional and national non-governmental institutions – can have a profound positive impact in bringing corrupt behavior to light and motivating even 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
Student Anti-Corruption Training by NGOs in CameroonAlthough schooling is supposed to be free of charge in Cameroon, in practice, parents pay substantially, and both government and parents’ contributions for school operations are often poorly managed. As a result of PTF-supported training, students, school officials and parents are now involved in school resource budget and monitoring process, significantly improving the use of funds and quality of education services.Willem Struben
How Desperate Housewives of Khariar Successfully Fought CorruptionMs. Sapura Majhi was pregnant, hungry and resourceful. She knew she was entitled for Take Home Rations under India’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), but three months passed as her child grew inside of her, without a single meal provided. After presenting the evidence and working with officials, it took only 13 days to resolve Ms. Sapura Majhi’s complaint, and begin the delivery of her missing rations.Vinay Bhargava