Strengthening and improving government performance by providing technical advice, strategic guidance, and support to public institutions, elected bodies, and citizens.

Decentralization and Local Government Management

In many developing countries, key resources for public service delivery are controlled entirely in the capital, where life is often starkly different from that in the provinces, and where the voices of constituents may be faint. We work with local governments to build the capacity for responsive, effective service delivery, so that decisions on resource allocation can be made where services are provided and constituents can demand accountability for service quality. We promote policies that ensure equitable distribution of national resources to regional and local governments. We strengthen transfer policy, revenue and expenditure assignments, capital budgeting, fiscal responsibility, and public procurement.

Our Experts

Enrique Giraldo has more than 20 years of experience in tax policy and administration, demonstrated management credentials in leading U.S. Agency for International Development projects, and established credibility with Salvadoran counterparts.

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Our Projects

Nigeria—State Accountability, Transparency, and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity

The Nigeria State Accountability, Transparency, and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity supports strengthened governance structures in six states.

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The Libya “Taqarib” project strengthens the foundation of a more unified Libyan state by empowering local governments, reinforcing community bonds, and improving people’s standard of living.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo—Integrated Governance Activity (IGA)

The Integrated Governance Activity is helping local governments to improve public services and establish trust with their citizens, as well as training civil society groups to better advocate their needs to elected officials.

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Honduras—Local Governance Activity (HLG)

HLG works to strengthen the essential capacity of civil society groups, local governments, and service providers to provide Honduran citizens with improved services.

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Nigeria—Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (ARC)

The programme helps local governments in Nigeria develop and implement policy by assisting them in tracking and accounting for how policies, plans, and budgets are used in delivering public goods and services to promote growth and reduce poverty.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales works with municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

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DAI History: 40 Years of Excellence

DAI was founded in 1970 by three graduates of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government intent on providing a more dynamic and effective brand of development assistance. See how DAI is turning this American success story, into a global one.

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