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Experience with the Governance and Transparency Fund


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A presentation given by ODI Research Fellow Fletcher Tembo on Experience with the Governance and Transparency Fund. The presentation was given at the 3rd Annual ebpdn Parnters Meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 26-27 November 2007.

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Experience with the Governance and Transparency Fund

  1. 1. Experience with the Governance and Transparency Fund Presentation at the Colombo EBPDN Annual Meeting by Fletcher Tembo, ODI, Research and Policy in Development, November 2007
  2. 2. Good governance: what is it? DFID White Paper 2006 <ul><li>Good governance and development are about people and governments of developing countries working out a deal for themselves… </li></ul><ul><li>People want to be governed well and have a say on what happens in their lives. They want to be safe … to be treated fairly by their government and public officials. </li></ul><ul><li>It is essential to combating poverty </li></ul><ul><li>It is more than just government but also political parties, parliament, judiciary, the media, civil society … it is about relationships </li></ul>
  3. 3. Governance and Transparency Fund: what it is, why, for whom? <ul><li>To achieve lasting improvements in living conditions for large numbers of people, the capacity and accountability of public institutions needs to be strengthened. That’s why DFID already does so much to help developing countries build their capacity in areas like public financial management, police and civil service reform, and health and education. We will continue with this work and build on it. But we will also do much more at the grassroots end of political governance , working with organisations that train citizens’ groups in budget monitoring to make sure that money is spent where it’s supposed to be; increasing our support to a free press and media in developing countries; and offering much more support in areas like elections, human rights, parliament and trade unions” Hilary Benn </li></ul><ul><li>In order to ensure that DFID delivered on this statement, the White Paper committed DFID to: </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a new £100m Governance and Transparency Fund to strengthen civil society and the media to help citizens hold their government to account.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. GTF assessment and selection <ul><li>Independent Fund manager, KPMG assisted by Harewell, Tripline, Delta & a large # of standalone consultants responsible for assessing submissions </li></ul><ul><li>About 450 concept notes submitted by 29 th June 2007, 295 of them accepted for proposal stage, by 28 th September 07 </li></ul><ul><li>Final decisions expected Dec 07/Jan 08 </li></ul>
  5. 5. GTF proposal preparation process <ul><li>Six countries (Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) selected from a pool of 13 countries first suggested </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with CIVICUS, IPS and country partners including EBPDN partners e.g. MEJN, CSPP </li></ul><ul><li>Due to resource constraints, only Malawi selected for a more detailed consultation, using a multi-stakeholder workshop (about 25 participants from media, civil society and parliament) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Country Selection Criteria <ul><li>‘ Post-conflict’/ weak vs strong performer in governance, using World Governance Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Political and Civil Freedoms (including freedom of information) </li></ul><ul><li>Captured parliament vs vibrant parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights abuses vs progressive human rights record </li></ul>
  7. 7. The State DEMAND FOR CHANGE Citizens Civil Society Organisations Parliament + elected reps at local govt Media Project/ Programme 1 Project/ Programme 2 Learning around use of Evidence Communication, Networking/ links
  8. 8. About Civil Society Effective governance Civil Society role State capability Sectoral expertise/ grassroots realities, delivering services Accountability Standard setting, investigation, demand for answers, sanctions Responsiveness Social inclusion, representation
  9. 9. About the Media Effective governance Media roles State capability Awareness raising Accountability Demanding answers from the state, sanctions via public Responsiveness Social inclusion
  10. 10. About Parliament Effective Governance Parliamentary roles State capability Legislation Accountability Oversight Responsiveness Representation
  11. 11. Proposal focus: relationships among the 3 in learning from use of evidence Effective Governance Roles drawn from the 3 actors working together State capability ? Accountability ? Responsiveness ?
  12. 12. Thank you!