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.

Themes

We focus on the following themes in our work:

Strategy

Our aim is to ensure that public resources are used effectively, to deliver public services and meet people’s needs. We do this by supporting and encouraging the locally-led, learning-centered and adaptive approaches that we believe can support the emergence of solutions to complex public policy challenges. We do this in two ways. First, by providing tailored support to local partners which strengthens their capacity to take such approaches as they tackle specific challenges in their contexts. Second, by leveraging the evidence and insights generated through this work to encourage policymakers and funders to support such approaches.

Our strategy is based on a hypothesis about how progress can be made in addressing complex challenges: If organizations working to address complex challenges work in learning-centered and adaptive ways; then their actions will enhance the relationships and processes that make systems more than the sum of their parts; which will then strengthen the capacity of systems and their constituent actors to innovate, learn and adapt their way to addressing complex political economy challenges relating to the use of public resources. Click here for more details on what we do and why we do it.

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.