Governance

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

Local Governance and Decentralization

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


Javier Agosto is a proven leader with demonstrated technical and operational skills needed to deliver complex projects. His early professional career passion for environmental management and conservation cemented a broader commitment to good governance.

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Christian Arandel is a Senior Lead Specialist for Local Governance and supports project implementation and new business development in Africa, the Middle East, and wherever else he may be needed.

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Siniša Djurić is the Associate Director and Project Director in our European Union (EU) Business Unit.

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Silvestre Filipe is a governance and community engagement expert with over a decade of experience leading donor-led projects, particularly in Mozambique.

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Maya Gainer is a Principal Specialist in the Local Governance practice, supporting business development and project implementation.

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Bikram Ghosh has more than 18 years of experience managing and implementing development projects for multiple donors and multilateral agencies.

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Kira Griswold is a dynamic leader and problem solver with more than 13 years’ of experience in international program design, implementation, and operations in complex environments.

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Richard Haselwood is an international development professional with more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing democracy, governance, and resilience programming in support of more accountable, effective, transparent, and inclusive governance.

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As a Senior Principal Specialist in Local Governance, Anthony Jones leverages his local government experience to provide technical assistance for existing projects and secure new contract opportunities.

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After several years working on democracy and governance for USAID, Janine Mans leads DAI’s Public Financial Management Practice by supporting business development, technical leadership, and the successful implementation of projects.

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Dr. David Pottebaum is a Senior Advisor and Development Economist, serving as a resource for project management and implementation; democracy and governance; conflict mitigation and recovery; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; research; and data analysis initiatives.

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Our Projects


Somalia—People-Centered Governance Activity (PCG)

The Somalia People-Centered Governance Activity (PCG) supports local governance in southern Somalia, helping district councils to adopt inclusive decision-making models, more fairly manage resources, deliver results and services for citizens, and—in so doing—increase citizen trust in the councils.

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Liberia—Local Empowerment for Accountability and Decentralization (LEAD)

Building on USAID’s LEGIT and RG3 projects—to support decentralization, local governance, and domestic resource mobilization in Liberia, LEAD adds a new component focused on budget transparency, anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability.

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Georgia—National Governance Program

The National Governance Program works with the Government of Georgia to deliver citizen-responsive governance based on greater accountability, transparency, and institutional independence.

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Jordan—Municipal Support Program

The Jordan Municipal Support Program improves local government service delivery, stimulates local economic development, and thereby strengthens the social contract in the Kingdom.

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Zambia—Local Impact Governance Project (Local Impact)

Local Impact supports the transformation of subnational governance in Zambia to be more responsive to citizens’ needs to help the government improve both the enabling environment and development outcomes critical to advancing self-reliance.

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Colombia—Responsive Governance (RG) Activity

With Colombian partner organizations Transparencia por Colombia, Pastoral Social, and Corpovisionarios, the Responsive Governance Activity builds on the decentralization efforts supported by USAID and the Government of Colombia to emphasize visible and sustainable improvements in service delivery and implementation of the Peace Accords.

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

The Good Governance Activity seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of DRC provincial and local government authorities in managing public financial resources, thus increasing the availability of those resources for local development.

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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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