Governance

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

Institutional and Policy Reform

Institutions and the legal and regulatory environment within which they operate are at the very core of development. We work with all levels of government, civil society, the private sector, and citizens to support effective and transparent institutions and to develop and implement pro-development policies and regulations.

Our Experts


While in graduate school for international development, Carmen Conley was surprised to learn there was an emerging field of international democracy assistance, where she could apply her practical U.S. political experience in campaigns to her development studies.

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Peter Dimitroff holds more than 25 years of international development and project management experience, primarily in the Middle East and Afghanistan and focusing on anti-corruption, budget transparency, legislative strengthening, and women’s empowerment.

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As Director of DAI’s governance practice in the United Kingdom, Christina Frey provides technical and managerial expertise and leadership across DAI’s portfolio of governance programmes with the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

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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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Jeremy Keeton specializes in biodiversity conservation and climate change, with an emphasis on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, and anti-wildlife trafficking.

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Our Projects


Kenya—Technical Assistance to the Public Accountability and Service Delivery Programme (PASEDE)

Our technical assistance supports the Public Finance Management (PFM) Reform Secretariat to successfully implement the PFM Reform Strategy (2018–2023).

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Rwanda—Public Sector Reform Technical Assistance Facility (TAF)

The Rwanda Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) is a component of the Strengthening Public Financial Management and Revenue Collection (SPARC) program, which aims to support the Government of Rwanda on a range of priorities across the public sector policy-making agenda.

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Ukraine—Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA)

The Ukraine Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) program is completing the necessary legal framework for decentralization, supporting the operation of newly consolidated communities, improving services delivered to citizens, and advancing citizen engagement at all levels.

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Kosovo—Strengthening Public Procurement (KSPP)

The Kosovo Strengthening Public Procurement (KSPP) project works to strengthen the public procurement system to reduce incidents of malfeasance and corruption.

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Ukraine—Implementation of EU Practices for Accounting, Financial Reporting, and Audit

This EU-funded project aims to enhance Ukraine’s transparency and business climate, facilitating domestic and foreign direct investment in the private sector and more closely integrating Ukraine into the European and global economies.

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The Gambia—State Building Contract 1 Complementary Support (SBC1 CS)

Through the State Building Contract 1 Complementary Support programme, DAI promoted inclusive growth and improved governance in The Gambia.

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Morocco—TASHAROC

TASHAROC works to support inclusive development and reduce political and economic disenfranchisement in the Northern Moroccan region.

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Ukraine—Financial Sector Transformation (FST)

The Financial Sector Transformation Activity supported efforts to reform Ukraine’s nonbank financial institutions.

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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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Liberia—Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth (RG3)

The Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth project helped the Liberia Revenue Authority to improve its tax collection system and cultivate accountability among taxpayers.

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Liberia—Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT)

The Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency program helped solidify decentralization reforms by facilitating the transfer of authority from the national government to counties and cities, enhancing citizen participation in governance, and building capacity for government officials.

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Honduras—Unidos por la Justicia (United for Justice)

The Unidos por la Justicia (United for Justice) program works with local partners to improve citizen engagement with the security and justice sectors; enhance the efficiency of the judicial system; and increase the effectiveness of community police.

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Jordan, Egypt, and Palestine—Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF)

The Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF) focused on market system change and women’s economic empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, and until March 2018, the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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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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Mozambique—Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED, SPEED+, III)

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development+ program helped create a favorable business environment in Mozambique to attract investment and expand markets, contributing to inclusive economic growth and the conservation of natural resources.

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