There is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling corruption. Armed with practical tools and the latest research, we help develop and evaluate public governance initiatives in specific areas.
Our technical assistance services help donors and practitioners gain a deeper understanding of what works, what doesn’t and why.
Political economy through the lens of informality
In countries where state institutions are not sufficiently consolidated and key decision makers are confronted with multiple demands and expectations, things do not always happen in line with formal laws and regulations.
Instead, a set of informal practices shapes outcomes across the public sector and beyond. These informal practices are well known but hardly ever articulated. They are guided by informal relationships between people and reinforced by social norms.
Understanding how informal aspects affect policy making and public administration is critical to developing strategies that work in local contexts.
Based on several years of academic field research, we have developed an analytical framework to assess governance and corruption risks that takes into account these informal factors. Our aim is to help develop sustainable strategies that strengthen governance and prevent corruption and that are acceptable to all stakeholders.
View a case study of our power and influence analysis for the Ugandan drug supply chain.
For more information about how our power and influence analysis can help to map corruption risks and potential areas for intervention, contact us.
Contextualising solutions that work for communities
Delivering essential services to the poorest and most vulnerable groups requires effective and responsive local institutions. However, it is precisely at this “grassroots” level that state implementing and enforcement capabilities tend to be weakest.
As a result, social accountability interventions are an increasingly popular way to boost development efforts and improve responsiveness and quality in public services.
We have developed an analytical approach aimed at guiding the design and implementation of social accountability interventions in order to maximise success. It focuses getting the basic project components right and taking into account local contexts.
Our social accountability assessment framework has been successfully applied to social accountability initiatives in Mexico, Tanzania, Philippines, Serbia, Ghana and Papua New Guinea. We have examined a variety of sectors, including health, agriculture and finance.
Recent publications and handbooks on social accountability interventions include:
- U4 Brief: Harnessing the power of communities against corruption
- Social accountability: a practitioner’s handbook
- Participatory monitoring: a practitioner’s handbook
We regularly offer support services to social accountability practitioners. To find out more, contact us.