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Effective systems of governance are vital for sustainable development. Public goods and services need to be delivered to citizens in a way that contributes to inclusive growth and poverty reduction, by processes that are equitable and accountable.

Challenges to good governance are present across all levels of society, from government and public institutions to citizens and the media. Understanding and addressing these has become in recent times all the more difficult with the apparent closing of ‘civic space’ in many places, characterised by repressive laws, regulations and practices.

We work alongside our partners to help identify what works best in governance programming to help them strengthen the effectiveness and impact of their work. Through establishing MEL systems, conducting research, being a learning partner and through various types of evaluation, we help to ensure that decisions that impact lives are informed by learning and evidence.