Guidance

Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF)

The GTF was a one-off fund. All funding decisions have been taken and there are currently no plans to issue any further calls for proposals.

Closed for applications. For DFID funding information visit the DFID Funding Finder

Overview

The ability of citizens to make their voices heard and hold their governments to account is central to good government. Its absence allows an environment in which corruption can flourish and citizens are unable to assess the decisions of their leaders or make informed choices about who they elect to serve as their representatives.

To address some of these issues, we created the £130 million Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) in 2007. The fund was designed to help citizens hold their governments to account by strengthening the wide range of groups that can empower and support them.

Thirty-eight organisations were selected for funding in 2008. Their activities currently cover a wide range of governance issues and can be linked to around 1,000 local organisations in over 100 countries.

The GTF is increasing the voice of ordinary citizens around the world. It assists local organisations such as the National Taxpayers Association to improve access to education in rural communities by monitoring local government spending on school construction in Kenya. It also enables international organisations like Amnesty International, Global Witness and Water Aid to work with civil society partners on issues concerning human rights, natural resource management and access to basic services for disadvantaged communities.

Programme/fund management

KPMG administers the GTF on behalf of our Inclusive Societies Department. Please address any questions about the GTF to KPMG at:

Governance and Transparency Fund Manager, KPMG
The Sussex Innovation Centre
Falmer, Brighton
BN1 9SB
Telephone +44-1274-234686
Fax +44-1274-234688
Email: gtf@kpmg.com

GTF learning

GTF public discussion series

The GTF holders held 6 public discussions on the theme of ‘demanding accountability from the bottom-up: examining what works, what does not work, and why’. The discussions reflected 4 years of implementing GTF programmes in various parts of the world.

The idea was to examine some of the evidence collected so far and derive lessons that might deepen learning from GTF projects before the funding stream ends in 2013.

The meetings created a shared space for various stakeholders to come together and discuss issues informed by the GTF and other experiences.

The themes of the meetings were:

  • demand-side governance: are we overstating the claims on social accountability? (ODI) – held 21 March 2012 at ODI in London
  • making women’s voices count: from participation to power (Oxfam) – held May 2012 at the Oxfam London office
  • how does ‘value for money’ express itself in citizen voice and accountability programmes? (Christian Aid) – held July 2012 at Christian Aid in London
  • the media: a game changer? Analysing its role in promoting more inclusive policy-making (BBC Media Action) – held September 2012 at BBC Media Action in London
  • ensuring the sustainability of governance programmes and their impact over time: international actors as problem – and solution? (Water Aid) – held 28 February 2013 at Water Aid in London
  • what kinds of social accountability models might work best in fragile states, and why? – held January 2013

you can download a concept paper describing the events series. (PDF, 135KB, 5 pages)

Learning from the GTF: learning paper

This is the first in a series of GTF learning papers. It has been prepared by Richard Burge (Triple Line Consulting). The paper focuses on how tools, methods and approaches have been applied to design better governance and transparency programmes.

It includes useful examples from the 38 GTF programmes and offers insight on:

  • contextual and political analysis
  • approaches to engagement and advocacy
  • tools and methods used to measure performance and changes in governance
  • tools and methods to measure progress within GTF programmes
  • approaches to capacity building and programme management
  • sharing lessons learned

learning from DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF): tools, methods and approaches (PDF, 813KB, 54 pages)

Where the GTF operates - Africa

The GTF operates in our priority countries in Africa:

Country Organisation Programme
Democratic Republic of Congo Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  EISA Promoting accountable, transparent and responsive governance in the DRC through an empowered civil society
  Gender Links Making every voice count for gender equality in southern Africa
  The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) Citizens against corruption
  SFCG Football-based media to strengthen good governance and transparency
  International Budget Partnership  
Ethiopia Water Aid Developing southern civil society advocacy in water and sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central America
  Transparency International AC:DC – Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS universal access
Ghana Water Aid Developing southern civil society advocacy in water and sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central America
  Transparency International AC:DC – Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  IDASA The right to know, the right to education
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  Global Development Network Strengthening civil society to improve public expenditure accountability
  Global Witness Making the forest sector transparent
  Christian Aid Power to the people: making governance work for marginalised groups
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
Kenya Water Aid Developing southern civil society advocacy in water and sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central America
  Transparency International AC:DC – Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! Civil society engagement to make governance and transparency work for poor and vulnerable communities
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising her voice: promoting poor women’s participation in governance
  Global Development Network Strengthening civil society to improve public expenditure accountability
  Centre for Governance and Development Kenya National Taxpayers Association (NTA) – improving government service delivery and financial accountability through citizen report cards
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving natural resource governance for rural poverty reduction
  Christian Aid Power to the people: making governance work for marginalised groups
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS universal access – ensuring accountability for promises made to achieve universal access to HIV care, treatment and prevention by 2010
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
  IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
  SFCG Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
Liberia Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Good Governance through Strengthened Media in Liberia
  PTF Citizens Against Corruption
  Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! civil society engagement to make governance and transparency work for poor and vulnerable communities
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising her voice: promoting poor women’s participation in governance
  SFCG Football-based media to strengthen good governance and transparency
  Global Witness Making the Forest Sector Transparent
  The International Budget Partnership  
Malawi Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
  CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC)
  The International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative
Mozambique CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  The International Budget Partnership  
  The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments
Nigeria Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC)
  Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  Living Earth Foundation Developing Good Governance in the Niger Delta
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) Ensuring accountability for promises made to achieve universal access to HIV care, treatment and prevention by 2010
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Rwanda Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  International Budget Partnership  
Sierra Leone Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
  Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  SFCG Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  PTF Citizens Against Corruption
  Conciliation Resources Increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policy making
  The BBC World Service Trust A National Conversation: Promoting Accountability, Transparency and Participation through partnership with Public Broadcasters in Africa
South Africa IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO) NICRO Programme to Entrench Restorative Justice in South Africa
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
  Commonwealth Business Council Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC)
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS universal access
South Sudan Conciliation Resources Increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking
Sudan    
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Tanzania Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Anti-Slavery International Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility
  Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
  The BBC World Service Trust A National Conversation: Promoting Accountability, Transparency and Participation through partnership with Public Broadcasters in Africa
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Uganda Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments
  CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
  PTF Citizens Against Corruption
  Conciliation Resources Increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policy making
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Zambia Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS universal acces - Ensuring accountability for promises made to achieve universal access to HIV care, treatment and prevention by 2010
  IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
Zimbabwe National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH) Enfranchising people with disabilities to exercise their constitutional right to vote and facilitating their inclusion in governance systems of Zimbabwe
  Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) Local Government Gender Budgeting Programme
  The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Strengthening Human Rights in Governance and Transparency in Zimbabwe
  Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  CAFOD Action for better governance: realising the faith potential
  WaterAid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC)

The GTF also operates in the following African countries, mainly through large multi country programmes:

Algeria International Budget Partnership  
Angola BBC Media Action A National Conversation: Promoting Accountability, Transparency and Participation through partnership with Public Broadcasters in Africa
  Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
  International Budget Partnership  
Benin IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
Botswana Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  The International Budget Partnership  
Burkina Faso Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  The International Budget Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities The Open Budget Initiative
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
Burundi Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
Cameroon Global Witness Making the Forest Sector Transparent
  Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC)
  The International Budget Partnership  
  PTF Citizens against corruption
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS universal access
Chad The International Budget Partnership  
Congo (Republic of) Transparency International Secretariat AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  The International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative
Egypt The International Budget Partnership  
Equatorial Guinea International Budget Partnership  
Gabon Global Witness Making the Forest Sector Transparent
Gambia Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
Guinea Search for Common Ground (SFCG): Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
Ivory Coast Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
Lesotho Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
Madagascar Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
Mali Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
Mauritania ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
Mauritius Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
Morocco Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
  The International Budget Partnership  
Namibia Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
  The International Budget Partnership  
Niger The International Budget Partnership  
Sao Tome and Principe The International Budget Partnership  
Senegal ODI Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
The Seychelles Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
Swaziland IDASA The Right to Know, The Right to Education
  Gender Links Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa
Togo Anti-Slavery International Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility
  Amnesty International Africa Rights Education Programme
Tunisia IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction

Where the GTF operates – the Americas

The GTF operates in the Americas, mainly through large multi-country programmes, in the following countries:

Argentina Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Bolivia Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  The International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Brazil Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  Global Development Network Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Chile Transparency International Secretariat AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
Colombia Transparency International Secretariat AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  The International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative
Costa Rica International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  WaterAid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  Anti-Slavery International Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility
Dominican Republic Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  The International Budget Partnership  
Ecuador International Budget Partnership  
El Salvador The International Budget Partnership  
Guatemala Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  WaterAid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Strengthening Emerging Local Governance Capacity to Conserve Natural and Cultural Resources and Secure Livelihoods in the Petén, Guatemala
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Honduras WaterAid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Oxfam Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance  
Mexico Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Nicaragua WaterAid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Panama International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
Paraguay Transparency International Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
Peru Global Development Network Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
  Global Witness Making the Forest Sector Transparent
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  Anti-Slavery International Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility
  International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  The International Budget Partnership  
  Associación Benéfica PRISMA (PRISMA) Tools for strengthening local governments’ participatory management within a decentralization process
Trinidad and Tobago PTF Citizens against corruption
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Uruguay Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
Venezuela Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  The International Budget Partnership  

Where the GTF operates - Asia

The GTF operates in the following DFID priority countries in Asia:

Afghanistan Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities
  The Resilience Centre The Resilient Governance Initiative (RGI)
  International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative
  Relief International Enhancing Decentralisation: Linking Local Voices and Local Government in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Bangladesh WaterAid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
India Water Aid Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America
  Global Development Network Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
  Anti-Slavery International Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  PTF Citizens against corruption
Kyrgyz Republic Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities
  International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  The International Budget Partnership  
Nepal Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
  IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Occupied Palestinian Territories Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Tiri Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities
  Ma’an Network Empowering transparency through effective secular media
  Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
Pakistan Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  IUCN The World Conservation Union: Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Tajikistan International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
Yemen The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy: Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments  
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  

The GTF also opperates in the these Asian countries, mainly through large multi country programmes:

Cambodia International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
China UCL Centre for International Health and Development, (UCL-CIHD) Improving access to quality healthcare for rural and urban poor in China
The International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative  
Indonesia Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  PTF Citizens against corruption
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Iraq Christian Aid Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Jordan The International Budget Partnership  
Kazakhstan International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  The International Budget Partnership  
Lebanon IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  The International Budget Partnership  
  The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy: Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments  
Malaysia International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Mongolia PTF Citizens Against Corruption
  The International Budget Partnership  
Philippines Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies Institutionalizing Local and National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines
  Anti-Slavery International Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Saudi Arabia The International Budget Partnership  
Sri Lanka IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  PTF Citizens against corruption
Syria IUCN – The World Conservation Union Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction
Thailand   The International Budget Partnership
Timor Leste International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Vietnam The International Budget Partnership  

Where the GTF operates - Europe

The GTF operates in the following European countries, mainly through large multi country programmes:

Albania Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  International Budget Partnership  
Armenia Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  Oxfam Great Britain Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance
  International Planed Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  Global Development Network (GDN) Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability
Azerbaijan The International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative
Bosnia and Herzegovina International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  The International Budget Project The Open Budget Initiative
  Transparency International Secretariat AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
Croatia International Budget Partnership  
Georgia Conciliation Resources Increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking
  Transparency International: AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change  
  Global Witness Making the Forest Sector Transparent
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
  The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments
Latvia PTF Citizens against corruption
Macedonia The International Budget Partnership  
Moldova International Planned Parenthood Federation Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation
  PTF Citizens against corruption
  Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS universal access
Montenegro Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
Russia International Budget Partnership (IBP)  
Serbia The International Budget Partnership  
Ukraine The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments
  International Budget Partnership (IBP)  

Where the GTF operates - Pacific

The GTF operates in the following Pacific countries, mainly through large multi country programmes:

Fiji Conciliation Resources Increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking
  Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  The International Budget Partnership  
Papua New Guinea Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
  The International Budget Partnership  
Solomon Islands Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change
Vanuatu Transparency International AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change

GTF programmes

GTF programmes are coordinated by the following lead organisations:

Amnesty International

GTF Number 376

Africa Rights Education Programme

Key facts:

  • start date: 15 September 2008
  • end date: 14 September 2012
  • amount we fund: £3,148,728

Amnesty International’s Africa Human Rights Education Project is a 4 year programme to enhance civil society capacity to deliver locally relevant human rights education and to improve human rights for the most disadvantaged by empowering marginalised communities to promote and defend their human rights.

The programme will deliver community-level human rights education in 10 countries across East and West Africa in partnership with 20 local organisations. Local partners will mobilise community level Human Rights Education Workers and support them with resources to design and deliver a range of innovative Human Rights Education projects.

The project will anchor a culture of human rights education within specific communities, enabling people to identify local human rights issues and their correspondence to human rights instruments. It will provide communities with information on how human rights relate to their lives and the role duty bearers should play in promoting and protecting those rights, improving human rights behaviour.

Anti-Slavery International

GTF Number 327

Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility

Key facts:

  • start date: 28 August 2008
  • end date: 31 March 2013
  • amount we fund: £1,384.934

The programme will make concrete progress on the effective prohibition of the worst forms of child labour, and improvements in the prevention, protection, release and rehabilitation of child workers and children at risk.

It will build capacity within grassroots local partners and set up lobbying & advocacy campaigns involving the formation of national, regional and international alliances; supported by awareness-raising activities through the media. The campaigns will press for law reform, greater implementation of existing laws, and new independent monitoring bodies. They will be reinforced by training for NGO and statutory service delivery staff.

The focus is child domestics (who form the majority of child workers) and the particular vulnerability, exploitation and abuse they face as a result of their lack of status as children, the lack of recognition accorded to domestic work as an occupation and the prevailing social and economic background from which most child domestic workers are sourced.

BBC Media Action

GTF Number 077

A National Conversation: Promoting Accountability, Transparency and Participation through partnership with Public Broadcasters in Africa.

Key facts:

  • start date: 1 October 2008
  • end date: 30 September 2013
  • amount we fund: £4,996,122

‘A National Conversation’ is a 5-year project designed to nurture understanding amongst citizens, civil society and government of the media’s role in empowering audiences to hold those in authority to account, giving voice to diverse sectors of society, facilitating participatory policy-making, and providing an interface between citizens and government.

It will be structured around 4 core strategies: research, media development, co-production with partner broadcasters, and participatory outreach.

CAFOD

GTF Number 094

Action for better governance: realising the faith potential

Key facts:

  • start date: 5 August 2008
  • end date: 31 March 2013
  • amount we fund: £4,998,781

The purpose of the programme is to galvanise the strength, position and network of the Catholic Church in Africa to improve citizens’ access to information and foster a spirit of active engagement and transformative leadership necessary to pursue the principles of good governance.

Citizens will be supported in holding institutions and leadership to be transparent and accountable. It is expected that at the end of the programme, church leadership shall be able to effectively influence governments to recognize and fulfil their responsibilities.

Justice and Peace Commissions shall effectively utilize and enlarge opportunities for civic engagement and support citizens to articulate their rights and collaborate and the church will proactively build alliances and participate in networks with other faiths, secular institutions and other development actors to assert the responsibility of the state to deliver on poverty reduction, to respect human rights and to uphold the rule of law.

Centre for Governance and Development (CGD)

GTF Number 245

Improving Government Service Delivery and Financial Accountability through Citizen Report Cards

Key facts:

  • start date: 1 August 2008
  • end date: 31 March 2013
  • amount we fund £2,748,588

The 5-year programme aims to build sustained citizen/CSO demand for accountability from government service providers and devolved fund managers leading to better quality services for all Kenyans. The project also aims to strengthen the Kenya National Taxpayers Association (NTA) so that it is better able to advocate on behalf of citizens. Its remit is to independently monitor the provision of government services and the management of devolved funds. These findings are then used to mobilise citizen demand for accountability from the same government service providers and devolved fund managers.

Christian Aid

GTF Number 301

Power to the People: making governance work for marginalised groups

Key facts

  • start date: 12 August 2008
  • end date: 11 August 2013
  • amount we fund £4,999,795

This is a 5-year programme seeking to nurture the development of effective civil society movements to both empower marginalised and vulnerable people and hold community, local and national authorities to account.

The 4 outputs focus on: voice and participation of marginalised groups; action and interaction with authorities; civil society working together; and experience sharing.

The programme will focus on demonstrable impact on accountability over the 5 years, which will contribute to the delivery of direct benefits for marginalised groups. The programme will include activities to secure increased participation by, and government responsiveness to, marginalised groups as well as more effective civil society movements.

It will involve partners and activities in 10 countries in Africa, Asia and Middle East, and Latin America and Caribbean. In addition, a number of global activities will take place during the life of the programme.

Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)

GTF Number 272

Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC)

Key facts:

  • start date: 8 August 2008
  • end date: 31 March 2013
  • amount we fund £2,798,628

The CBC’s project is a public-private initiative aimed at tackling corruption and supporting growth and improved services for 200 million citizens.

Each of the national programmes will set up consultative working structures to implement nationally defined strategies especially improving public services, business climate, and standards of leadership behaviour.

It will develop continental governance norms and implementation mechanisms, and strengthen capacity.

The key outputs will be:

  • 10-12 joint public-private national anti-corruption programmes
  • The development of continental standards in cooperation with regional/continental structures such as SADC and African Peer Review Mechanism

  • Capacity building, communication and advocacy using civil society and the media.

Conciliation Resources

GTF Number 003

Increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking

Key facts:

  • start date: 3 September 2008
  • end date: 2 September 2013
  • amount we fund: £3,000,000

A 5-year programme seeking to support changes in governance by enabling conflict-affected groups to better participate in decision-making processes to determine ‘the way things are done’, thus affecting institutional change.

It aims to contribute to more effective governance and better prospects for sustainable peace in 4 project areas – West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia), northern Uganda (with Southern Sudan), Caucasus (Georgia/Abkhazia) and Fiji; and to greater understanding of how to improve governance in conflict contexts.

EISA

GTF Number 163

Promoting Accountable, Transparent and Responsive Governance in the DRC through an Empowered Civil Society

Key facts:

  • start date: 1 October 2008
  • end date: 30 September 2011
  • amountwe fund: £4,886,270

This programme is based on the premise that no sustainable achievement is possible without an active CSO involvement. It aims to empower CSOs to move to the forefront of governance and anti-corruption efforts at national and sub-national levels in the DRC, in partnership with other stakeholders, particularly MPs and political parties.

To be effective in lobbying for and promoting accountable governance, CSOs themselves need to be well capacitated, professional, accountable and transparent in their conduct and in their fight against corruption.

The programme is being implemented with more than 50 CSOs and networks in selected provinces.

The main activities are to:

  • strengthen the institutional capacity of CSOs
  • put in place networking mechanisms for CSOs to deal effectively with various governance issues
  • create space for continuous interaction between CSOs and Governance institutions
  • develop a comprehensive strategy for CSOs to fight against corruption
  • enhance the capacity of CSO to contribute to transparent, free and fair elections

GTF Number 174

Making Every Voice Count For Gender Equality In Southern Africa

Key facts:

  • start date: 1 August 2008
  • end date: 31 July 2013
  • amount we fund £4,352,643

This programme aims to make governments and the media accountable for achieving gender equality and ending poverty in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It forms part of the work of Gender Links (GL), a Southern African NGO that promotes gender equality and justice, in partnership with the Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA), network. The partners have developed a programme to “make every voice count for gender equality” using the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. The programme will empower citizens, especially women, to engage critically with the media and policy makers to:

Adopt, sign, ratify and implement the Protocol which has 28 concrete targets for achieving gender equality by 2015. Halve current levels of gender violence and devise targets for achieving this. Recognise women‘s unpaid labour as care givers; especially those who care for people living with HIV and AIDS. Hold the media to account for promoting gender equality in and through its work.

Global Development Network (GDN)

GTF Number 164

Strengthening Civil Society to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability

Key facts:

  • start date: 16 October 2008
  • end date: 30 June 2013
  • amount we fund: £4,993,829

The project aims to improve development outcomes by increasing the effectiveness with which governments allocate and use their resources. It will strengthen analytical underpinnings of the policy debates around public expenditure priorities and their impact, thus improving the governance of public service delivery.

Through this approach, the project intends to achieve 4 key outcomes:

  • expanded institutional and individual capacity for public expenditure monitoring and analysis, development of policy alternatives, and constructive engagement in a peer learning environment
  • increased use of evidence-based policy reforms in social services and infrastructure
  • internationally comparable information on public expenditures, incidence (who benefits), effectiveness, and policy alternatives that will begin to build benchmarks for the quality of public spending
  • creation of a strong network of institutions to share training materials, templates for analysis and communication.

Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+)

GTF Number 361

Keeping the promise of HIV/AIDS Universal Access

Key facts:

  • start date: 8 September 2008
  • end date: 30 March 2013
  • amount we fund £4,099,669

A 5-year programme seeking to support processes at the sub-regional and national level to achieve Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, encompassing concentrated work in fifteen countries, twelve of which will be in Africa and 3 in other parts of the world by:

  • supporting networks of people living with HIV to strengthen their ability to deliver evidence-based advocacy, policy and programming and strengthen their participation in national processes and mechanisms;
  • creating an enabling environment and specific platforms which can support strengthened coordination and participation of civil society in the development of advocacy and of effective responses.
  • the first 3 participating countries are Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia. Four new countries will be added in each of the years 2009, 2010, and 2011, An intensive programme will progress in each of those countries for 2 years.

Global Witness

GTF Number 219

Making the Forest Sector Transparent

Key facts:

  • start date: 1 October 2008
  • end date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £3,752,707

A 4-year programme to strengthen civil society engagement in the forest sector in order to secure government accountability, progressively operating in 8 countries.

The programme will increase access to information on forest sector activities; advocate for greater transparency; and support a network of CSOs working on forest governance.

Activities will build independent local NGO Partners’ capacity to monitor the availability of forest sector information through developing a Forest Transparency Report Card to compare disclosure and dissemination of information such as forest management plans, concession allocation, revenues and infractions forest-rich, low governance countries. This will drive – and the programme will support – national and international advocacy to demand accountability and improve policy and practice across the forestry sector.

A sub-grant system managed by each Partner for the benefit of forest sector CSOs will empower communities to identify their own needs for organisational development as well as supporting local level advocacy activities.

IDASA

GTF Number 086

The Right to Know, The Right to Education

Key facts:

  • start date: 8 October 2008
  • end date: 21 July 2013
  • amount we fund: £4,475,241

The overall purpose of the Right to Know, Right to Education project is to broaden and improve access to basic education in sub-Saharan Africa.

In pursuit of this, we are working around 4 pillars:

  • we would like to increase the democratic space in designing national budgets, making them more responsive to citizens’ needs.
  • we would like to promote advocacy around education policy to ensure that national and district budgets reflect the priorities identified in education development policy.
  • we would like to sensitize communities in each of the partner countries to their rights of access information, where it exists, and to pair this right to development initiatives, particularly those surrounding education. We would also like to establish a continental standard on the process associated with acquiring information from public institutions.

  • We would like to establish the right to basic education, along with appropriate quality standards in each of the 7 countries we work.

International Budget Partnership

GTF Number 334

International Budget Partnership

Key facts:

  • Start date: 27 August 2008
  • End date: 26 August 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £ 3,478,687

The International Budget Partnership is a 5 year program to encourage the adoption of transparent, accountable, and participatory practices in Public Finance Management.

The initiative will engage in 90 countries, primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It seeks to achieve its objectives by conducting a set of research and advocacy activities which will support the implementation of 3 biennial Open Budget Surveys measuring government budget transparency practices.

The Initiative will also produce literature and guidebooks on public finance management practices and citizens’ budgets.

Further, the Initiative will support research and advocacy on the causes and consequences of lack of transparency at the subnational levels of government in select countries and within sectors like the oil and gas sector and in institutions like state-owned enterprises.

Finally, the OBI will support the development of international platforms to guide advocacy in support of greater transparency, including developing best practice norms in Public Finance Management.

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF WHR)

GTF Number 328

Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability: An IPPF/WHR-EN Consortium for Civil Society Participation

Key facts:

  • Start date: 9 September 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £4,999,999

This project is a 5 year advocacy initiative in twelve countries in Latin America and Central Asia/Eastern Europe, and is managed by a consortium led by IPPF/WHR in partnership with the European Network (EN).

Voice focuses on holding national governments accountable for their commitments to achieving universal access to reproductive health and gender equality as necessary prerequisites for eradicating extreme poverty by 2015.

Through this project, we hope to improve the capacity of civil society (including IPPF member associations) to influence key decision makers and create policy change in SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) issues. In addition, we strive to improve the ability of IPPF regional offices to provide high-quality and timely technical assistance to our MAs specific to advocacy and governmental accountability related to SRHR issues.

IUCN – The World Conservation Union

GTF Number 255

Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction

Key facts:

  • Start date: 1 October 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £ 3,965,008

The overall goal that this 5-year programme is contributing to is to improve natural resource governance for rural poverty reduction and its purpose is to improve livelihood security in selected countries through better environmental governance, including fair and equitable access to natural resources, new benefit sharing arrangements, and more participative and transparent decision making.

It will do this by working with partners in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and South America. The outcomes expected are improvements in institutions, in policies and in decision-making mechanisms as they relate to natural resources.

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

GTF Number 036

Good Governance through Strengthened Media in Liberia

Key facts:

  • Start date: 5 August 2008
  • End date: 30 November 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £1,016,463

This 5-year programme will build the capacity of the local media in Liberia to report more effectively on good governance and human rights issues. This will encourage greater respect for democracy and human rights throughout the country, particularly within the media, government and civil society.

The programme will work with media owners, editors, working journalists, journalism professors, students and local NGO’s to establish a sustainable tradition of fair and accurate reporting on good governance and human rights issues throughout the country.

Living Earth Foundation

GTF Number 309

Developing Good Governance in the Niger Delta

Key facts:

  • Start date: 8 August 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £1,567,715

A 5-year programme seeking to build the capacity of local government to deliver needs driven basic services; and of civil society to hold local governments in the Niger Delta to account and demand services critical to the reduction of poverty.

LEF will engage with 3 Nigerian NGOs that have experience of working with stakeholders in the region to bring about change. The results sought include greater functional skills from the local government and engagement with the oil industry to lay a foundation for sustainable development.

Practical action will focus on planning and implementation of pilot sustainable development projects in 6 local government authorities across 3 Niger Delta States. Also the project will create a platform for LGA and civil society engagement as well as a budget monitoring mechanism at the LGA level. A programme of cultural activities, underlining the relationship between traditional values and good governance, will reinforce outcomes.

Ma’an Network

GTF Number 095

Empowering transparency through effective secular media

Key facts:

  • Start date: 1 September 2008
  • End date: 31 August 2011
  • Amount of DFID funding £2,110,233

In this 3-year project, Ma’an Network aims to strengthen independent secular media as a catalyst for governmental accountability and responsiveness in Palestine.

Using media to amplify public demands for accountability and facilitate citizen input in governance processes in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, we hope to contribute to building a culture of demand for good governance.

The project will focus on investigative and participatory journalism, utilising television, radio, and online reporting to increase access to information, institutionalise dialogue between Palestinian citizens and decision-makers, and give voice to marginalised groups.

The project will also establish a research unit at Ma’an to survey public needs and attitudes on media and governance, monitor public reaction to our media productions, and evaluate our programming quality and impact.

Key outputs include providing Palestinians with more independent information and detailed reporting on governance issues, and increasing the possibility for citizens to hold government officials accountable.

A DVD has been prepared by Ma’an Network concerning the project:

A DVD has been prepared by Ma’an Network concerning the project.

The project was implemented in the occupied Palestinian territories from 1 September 2008 - 31 August 2011. As an addition to the Completion Report submitted to DFID in November 2011, the DVD provides highlights from the 3 year project and contains footage from a variety of the organisation’s activities.

National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH)

GTF Number 088

Enfranchising people with disabilities to exercise their constitutional right to vote and facilitating their inclusion in governance systems of Zimbabwe

Key facts:

  • Start date: 12 November 2008
  • End date: 31 December 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £3,000,000

A 5 year programme seeking to secure the inclusion of people with disabilities (PWDs) in Zimbabwe’s governance systems through their participation in all elections, run for local and parliamentary elections in their respective constituencies, advocating for polling stations accessibility to people with disabilities (PWDs) and are able to vote secretly and independently.

The programme aims at ensuring proportional representation of PWDs in parliament and other decision making bodies, a quota system in employment, lobby for the creation of a disability ministry, enactment and implementation of conducive disability legislation by the government. At the moment PWDs do not vote, and are apprehensive about the indignity of being assisted by a stranger.

National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO)

GTF Number 112

NICRO Programme to Entrench Restorative Justice in South Africa

Key facts:

  • Start date: 8 September 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £4,916,108

The project involves the designing, developing and implementing of alternative sentencing options at magistrates’ courts across South Africa.

The goal of the project is to provide magistrates with viable non-custodial sentencing options for suitable offenders.

The project also involves the designing, developing and implementing of an indigenous-based diversion programme to be delivered in conjunction with traditional leaders. The project targets are 14, 640 alternative sentencing clients and 1,100 diversion clients.

The project will also seek to change public attitudes and awareness of the benefits of alternative sentences.

ODI

GTF Number 142

Strengthening citizen demand for good governance through evidence-based approaches

Key facts:

  • Start date: 6 August 2008
  • End date: 6 August 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £5,000,000

This 5 year programme aims to enable Civil Society Organisations, Media, and Elected Representatives in 7 African countries to understand and support the use of evidence-based approaches to shape policies and practices that meet and engage the interests of citizens.

The expected outcomes include:

  • increased opportunities for constructive networking and dialogue
  • increased awareness of and skills in using various tools and techniques in evidence-based policies and citizen engagement practices
  • piloting, characterisation and promotion of innovative ideas and practices in use of evidence based approaches and social accountability tools
  • promotion of models of good practice within communities of practice to ensure their sustained and widespread availability

CIVICUS and Inter Press Service (Africa Regional Office) provide technical support in addition to expert inputs from within the target countries. It also benefits from inputs from Africa’s experienced regional governance players, especially the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Oxfam Great Britain

GTF Number 158

Raising Her Voice: Promoting Poor Women’s Participation in Governance

Key facts:

  • Start date: 18 August 2008
  • End date: 17 August 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £5,000,000

Oxfam’s Raising Her Voice programme promotes the rights and capacity of poor women to engage effectively in governance at all levels through increased voice and influence and more effective institutional accountability.

The overall objective of the programme is to ensure that public policy, decision-making, practices and expenditure reflect the interests of poor and marginalised women, especially those excluded from political, social and economic life.

It will achieve this by supporting women’s leadership and addressing attitudes and beliefs about the role of women in public decision-making using strategies such as media and communications work to disseminate learning and best practice, networking, lobbying and advocacy, working with public institutions and decision-making forums and empowering and building capacity of civil society organisations.

The programme consists of a pan-African element involving project work in 8 countries, 1 Africa-wide coordination project, 9 country projects in South/East Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe/CIS, and 1 global project covering cross-programme learning, global advocacy and the sharing of experiences across projects.

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA)

GTF Number 222

Institutionalizing Local and National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines

Key facts:

  • Start date: 2 September 2008
  • End date: 30 June 2012
  • Amount of DFID funding £1,266 ,370

The Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) aims to institutionalise local and national partnerships to address urban poverty and homelessness in the Philippines. It will be implemented by a network of local implementing partners in the Philippines in 4 urban areas. The aim is to improve access to services, reduce poverty and homelessness through multi-stakeholder partnerships and influence policy.

The project will strengthen urban poor federations in the city and national levels, commission relevant researches, build consensus, develop appropriate city development and shelter strategies, advocate changes in policies and practice, and document experiences and learning as we respond to issues of urban development. The project will produce functioning local and national partnerships of Government, urban poor groups and the private sector. It will also provide legal and technical assistance to communities towards security of tenure and access to services.

Partnership for Transparency Fund, The (PTF)

GTF Number 044

Citizens Against Corruption

Key facts:

  • Start date: 25 July 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £2,000,000

PTF seeks to promote CSOs piloting innovative ways to persuade public agencies and governments to improve their accountability and reduce corruption. PTF will support some 70 direct action anti-corruption projects to be implemented by partner CSOs in poor countries during 2008-2012 providing both small grants and technical support.

Through its project support, PTF will help civil society organizations to engage in specific time-bound actions that aim to curb corruption through sustainable governance reforms and the direct monitoring of public services and transactions.

PTF uses highly experienced volunteer governance specialists to advise on project design and grant management and thereby help build CSO capacity to fight corruption. It works with both its existing CSO partners and competent new ones. It focuses on actions that have identifiable impact and will disseminate lessons learnt. Finally, it will test an innovative model in which experienced senior volunteers help strengthen CSO capacity.

PRISMA

GTF Number 422

Tools for strengthening local governments’ participatory management within a decentralization process

Key facts:

  • Start date: 10 November 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £4,565,000

The purpose of this proposal is to focus on the opportunity of the decentralization process and help to consolidate it by strengthening the capacity and accountability of institutions at local and regional levels. To achieve this, we plan to work with local governments on promoting efficiency, efficacy and transparency in the provision of basic public services to large numbers of people who are now underserved. The intervention is focused on the 14 departments and 623 rural districts where JUNTOS is being implemented.

The expected outputs are:

  • local authorities, staff and civil society are better able to deal with public administration and investment
  • local actors participate actively in regional and provincial coordination processes
  • mechanisms for results oriented linkages between different sectors and different levels of government are functioning
  • there is informed participation of social actors in rights, the functioning of public services and in mechanisms for local and regional transparency

Relief International

GTF Number 367

Enhancing Decentralisation: Linking Local Voices and Local Government in Afghanistan

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 1 September 2008
  • End date: 30 August 2011
  • Amount of DFID funding £1,342,340

A 3-year programme aiming to build the capacity of community, district and provincial governments to respond to a strengthened civil society in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan, where citizens can effectively represent their views and interests and hold these governments to account for their actions.

The programme seeks to:

  • improve the capabilities at these government levels to perform such functions as providing stability and security
  • deliver social services and control corruption
  • increase access and ownership by communities in Nimroz to the decision making processes of government
  • increase opportunities for people in local communities to influence and determine policy and legislation

Resilience Centre, The – Cranfield University

GTF Number 201

The Resilient Governance Initiative (RGI)

Key facts:

  • Start date: 1 October 2008
  • End date: 30 September 2012
  • Amount of DFID funding £972,608

This 4-year project will raise the performance of both formal and informal governance institutions operating at the sub-national level in 4 provinces of Afghanistan. It will achieve this through training, awareness-raising and action-learning projects designed to enhance the capability, accountability and responsiveness of these institutions.

The goal of the project is to develop credible governance institutions that respect human rights and social justice, and which facilitate effective, equitable and sustainable poverty reduction in rural areas. Areas of project focus include: fostering self-reliance and human rights; citizen’s participation and influence over common planning processes; and reducing the isolation of communities by encouraging the formation of inter-institutional linkages, particularly between state institutions and civil society.

A primary stakeholder in the project is the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. Lessons arising from the project can be mainstreamed into national development processes and guide national policy on the development of sub-national governance.

SFCG

GTF Number 170

Football-based Media to strengthen Good Governance and Transparency

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 1 August 2008
  • End date: 1 August 2011
  • Amount of DFID funding £4,067,219

SFCG is an international non-profit organisation that promotes peaceful transformation of conflict. SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organisations and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions.

Under the GTF, SFCG through its media arm, Common Ground Productions, works with CSOs in at least 10 countries to develop a TV/radio drama series called

The Team. The show is a metaphor for co-existence. Identifiable and empathic characters – footballers, their friends and families – demonstrate how cooperation transcends ethnic, economic and religious differences. SFCG encourages social responsibility, positive engagement of citizens between one another, their families, their communities and their government.

Tiri – Making Integrity Work

GTF Number 141

Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 1 October 2008
  • End date: 1 October 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £4,615,780

Pro-Poor Integrity! (PPI) combines participatory civil society monitoring with an integrated approach to governance at the local level, strengthening state-society relations and working with the executive, the judiciary, and the legislative branches to understand the needs and wants of the local communities and how to improve integrity in service delivery.

PPI seeks to improve performance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the local level. This will be done by focusing on 4 sectors: water and sanitation, education, health and social protection. Data from the case studies will be used to empirically test the impact of improved governance on MDG attainment.

PPI works with judicial and public administration training partners, and civil society organisations to build the capabilities, responsiveness and accountability of state actors at the local level through training, standard setting, monitoring and joint working groups to help achieve development goals.

Transparency International Secretariat

GTF Number 85

AC:DC - Anti-Corruption: Delivering Change

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 8 September 2008
  • End date: 7 September 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £4,673,672

Transparency International aims to increase standards of governance and transparency by empowering its National Chapters (NCs) and citizens to address corruption through evidence-based advocacy and to pursue corruption-related complaints. The programme will achieve its purpose through 4 components:

  • Capacity Development/ Methodology Assistance (BUILD): Inputs from TI-S on advocacy, project methodologies and institutional development.
  • Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs): ALACs empower people to make and pursue corruption-related complaints, then translate these concerns into structural changes and targeted advocacy campaigns.
  • Research, Stakeholders, Implementation (RSI): Following research of corruption risks and commitments, local partners will convene stakeholders to devise and implement projects to address identified weaknesses and recommendations.
  • Politics (POLITICS): Projects to improve the transparency and accountability of democratic institutions, as well as to improve the effectiveness of oversight systems.

UCL Centre for International Health and Development (CIHD)

GTF Number 130

Improving access to quality healthcare for rural and urban poor in China

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 1 August 2008
  • End date: 31 July 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £3,305,145

UCL Centre for International Health and Development, the Chinese Medical Association, Rural Health Association and STI/HIV Association and Zhejiang Normal University, seek to improve access to good quality health care for rural and urban poor communities in Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces of China, and to increase participation by local communities in decision-making and in ensuring accountability.

The programme will establish standard management practices with explicit anti-corruption measures, introduce evidence-based medicine, improve the quality of and access to health insurance, strengthen the voice of the people on community health committees and increase the appropriate utilization of township level health facilities.

WaterAid

GTF Number 010

Developing Southern Civil Society advocacy in Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 27 August 2008
  • End date: 30 September 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £5,000.000

The WaterAid GTF programme aims to increase the capacity and resources of civil society “policy communities” in 16 target countries (across Africa, Asia and central America) to participate in effective evidence-based dialogue with decision-makers in the water and sanitation arena and build pressure to secure pro-poor service delivery.

The programme also aims to increase and improve the allocation of resources for the water and sanitation sector. A series of activities will enable civil society actors to develop local understanding of budgeting processes and increase their advocacy actions for improved sector financing. A focus on promoting the inclusion of marginalized groups in gathering evidence, advocacy and decision-making will also contribute to ensuring that the ‘poorest’ benefit from changes in the sector.

To increase the impact of the strengthened voice of civil society in the water sector, the programme also aims to support national governments and service providers to respond appropriately and to actively engage in local level dialogue with local actors such as local governments and service providers.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)

GTF Number 394

Strengthening Human Resources Development in Southern Parliaments

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 22 September 2008
  • End date: 21 September 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £5,000,000

Develop a South-led, sustainable model for building the capacity of the Parliaments of Georgia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Uganda, Ukraine and Yemen. The project will address ongoing capacity issues resulting from the lack of skills and knowledge among parliamentary staff across southern parliaments around the key areas of representation, legislation and oversight. The project aims to create the conditions to establish self-sustaining Parliamentary Studies Centres (PSC) in each participating country by building capacity to deliver effective parliamentary training within local institutions.

Experience in the 5 programme countries is expected to provide the elements of a training model that will be transferable to other countries where parliamentary effectiveness and oversight needs to be strengthened.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

GTF Number 322

Strengthening Emerging Local Governance Capacity to Conserve Natural and Cultural Resources and Secure Livelihoods in the Petén, Guatemala

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 15 August 2008
  • End date: 15 August 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £1,330,629

The Wildlife Conservation Society and its Guatemalan partners believe that conservation and sustainable management of the natural and cultural patrimony of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Petén, Guatemala is essential to generate long term social, political, economic, and environmental benefits for local residents, the people of Guatemala, and the global community.

To achieve this vision, the project will build on our long-term commitment to the Petén by strengthening and consolidating local capacity to create and manage representative, accountable, transparent and effective institutions responsible the management of the natural and cultural resources of the last intact areas of the Petén.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

GTF Number 312

Strengthening Human Rights in Governance and Transparency in Zimbabwe

Key Facts:

  • Start date: 1 December 2008
  • End date: 30 November 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £2,000,000

‘Strengthening human rights in governance and transparency in Zimbabwe’ is a consortium proposal from the Human Rights NGO Forum and 6 of its members which aims to achieve increased demand from the citizens of Zimbabwe for their political and civil, economic, social and cultural rights and for accountability and transparency from their government.

This will involve empowering people with awareness of their rights, ensuring the legal framework supports these rights, strengthening the capacity of the justice delivery and service institutions so that they are able to assist people access their rights and ensuring that justice mechanisms and instruments are functioning properly.

Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN)

GTF Number 238

Local Government Gender Budgeting Programme

Key Facts

  • Start date: 30 September 2008
  • End date: 31 March 2013
  • Amount of DFID funding £1,157,707

The programme seeks to contribute towards equity and full equality between women, men, boys and girls as well as their improved livelihoods, through the formulation and implementation of gender sensitive budgets that are responsive to the priorities and different needs of women, men, youth, the disabled and the elderly.

ZWRCN’s strategic approach to achieve the programme goals includes human capacity building, research and publications, advocacy, networking and coalition building.

The programme is being piloted in 6 districts, targeting decision making structures within local authorities, as well as community based organisations, civil society groups, researchers, media and citizens.

The pilot districts, where partner organisations have worked on institutionalising participatory budgeting, are Mutoko, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe and Kadoma.

ZWRCN is adding value through introducing a gender dimension to the participatory budgeting process.

Published 25 March 2013
Last updated 5 December 2013 + show all updates
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  2. 2013 annual reports replaced 2011 versions
  3. Updated reporting guidance for grant holders and new project completion report and final evaluation guidelines added
  4. GTF mid-term review report, July 2012 added to related documents
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