Our aim is to support locally led efforts to solve governance-related challenges.

We do this by:

We work with partners across the world - civil society organizations, governments, multi-stakeholder initiatives, donors, and others - helping them to design and implement innovative, learning-centered, and adaptive approaches to addressing complex governance-related development challenges. To provide this support, we offer three customizable services, which can be tailored to meet partners’ needs.


We focus on the following themes in our work:


Improving governance and solving governance-related problems are complex and fundamentally political processes. Cookie-cutter solutions rarely work across different contexts. Instead, effective solutions emerge - and change happens - through locally led innovation, learning, and adaptation.

The challenge for organizations committed to supporting progress toward more open, accountable, and effective governance is how to best support local stakeholders as they navigate and shape the political dynamics and patterns of incentives that are at the heart of governance-related problems. Our work addresses this challenge head on.

We support local partners - governments and civil society organizations - in countries and communities around the world as they craft, implement, and refine solutions to the complex problems they face. In so doing, we help reformers close the gaps between policy commitments, implementation, and impact, and contribute to better governance and development outcomes.

We use the insights and evidence that emerge from our innovative work with local partners to engage with multilateral and bilateral development agencies and other external actors as we encourage them to operate in ways that prioritize the locally led innovation, learning, and adaptation that is key to solving governance-related problems.

We put this multilevel approach into practice in different ways across our work on integrity and anti-corruption, fiscal governance, and multistakeholder initiatives, as well as through our stewardship of the Open Gov Hub.

Theory of Change

Our theory of change is at the heart of everything we do and provides a framework for systematically testing our multilevel strategy. We use our theory of change, and associated monitoring, evaluation, and learning practices, to track progress, reflect on, and learn about our effectiveness, and to make course corrections, ensuring that we are making effective progress toward our goals.