Public Governance

What is public governance?

Public Governance is about the exercise of public authority by state governments aimed at generating rules and regulations and delivering services to a community of citizens.

Capable and accountable governments...

  • set social goals,
  • enact policies to pursue those goals, and
  • oversee the use of public funds and the behavior of public officials,

...creating an environment with little incentive for corrupt and fraudulent practices.

Our work

The Basel Institute combines applied academic research with practical work to support developing countries in their efforts to strengthen their governance structures, laws and institutions to prevent corruption and enhance accountability and integrity in the public sector.

We offer technical assistance for legal and organizational reforms designed to improve state performance in delivering public services, implementing policies and enforcing legislation. In particular, the Institute conducts assessments of governance gaps and corruption risks, develops evidence-based strategies to ameliorate identified vulnerabilities, and facilitates their implementation.

The Public Governance research team uses its unique "power and influence analysis" tool – a political-economy research methodology - to identify drivers and incentives for enhancing governance systems. A particular focus of the Institute’s research work lies on the governance of health systems and on enhancing the effectiveness of social accountability mechanisms.

Partnerships as well as professional networks play a key role in the development and implementation of the Institute’s projects and services. We therefore regularly engage with local and international partners in the pursuit of our activities, including for example, the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Power and influence analysis

This assessment tool serves the following purposes:

  • Mapping of informal relationships and networks of institutions and stakeholders
  • Analysis of how these relationships impact the operation of formal legal and regulatory frameworks

This approach can be tailored to different sectors and may be used as a diagnostic tool for observed governance risks as well as to assess the feasibility of a proposed anti-corruption or governance strengthening intervention
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Social Accountability Assessment Framework

The framework provides:

  • Guidance on key elements for the design and implementation of successful social accountability interventions
  • Guidelines incorporating information on target communities’ social norms and expectations in order to maximize citizen uptake and sustainability
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This training is a 2.5 day interactive workshop on the analytical approaches currently used in corruption research and their associated indicators, tools and methodologies. It is intended for professionals, academics and other interested stakeholders.
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