Nigerian woman amidst her community.

Weak governance is one of the biggest roadblocks to effective, lasting development. It compounds every other issue we’re working to address, like climate change, poverty, lack of education, food security and healthcare.

In the places we work, institutions often lack the incentives and ability to provide communities with the resources, services and tools they need to live the prosperous lives they deserve. Meanwhile, citizens lack access to basic information about their rights and responsibilities, leading to distrust of decision-making processes, corruption and conflict.

  • 5k

    Nigerian youth we helped obtain identification
  • 70%

    increase of Guatemalan women holding public office
  • 50

    water management committees established in Darfur
  • 120

    Malian women we've trained in conflict resolution


That’s why we work with governments and informal governance institutions on all levels to better serve their constituents and foster growth in their communities. Good governance is critical to successful development outcomes.

Good governance means investing in community leaders, ensuring that they serve their constituents well. It means harnessing the collective abilities of these communities and increasing citizen participation in the decisions that affect their lives. Finally, it means protecting and expanding spaces for dialogue and trust-building opportunities across divides.

Partnering with governments and informal governance institutions is integral to building a better tomorrow. When we work together, we empower  and sustain development efforts to improve the lives of community members. 

For more technical details on our governance programs, please watch the video below and download our approach document.