Governance

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

Legislative Strengthening

Responsive and effective elected bodies are the foundation of good governance. Our legislative strengthening practice builds the capacity of lawmakers at the national and subnational level to formulate effective legislation responsive to the needs of citizens. By supporting the research, constituent outreach, and oversight functions of legislatures, we are laying the groundwork for effective rule of law in the many countries where we work. Our work with legislatures also seeks to find forums for civil society inclusion in the legislative process, both to provide inputs into policy deliberations and to hold elected representatives accountable.

Our Experts


Twenty years ago, John Costenbader graduated from a small New England college and felt a need to see how the rest of the world lived. Joining the Peace Corps, John served as a forestry volunteer on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali’s remote Dogon Plateau region.

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Peter Dimitroff holds more than 20 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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Shanna Tova O’Reilly has more than 15 years of experience in stabilization and citizen security, working with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and other donors in fragile states in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Peter Ross has been a permanent member of staff for 25 years. A member of the project management team, he is responsible for planning and managing our current long-term DFID-funded programmes in Malawi, Nigeria, and Zambia.

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Roberto Toso is a senior economist with more than 25 years of international development experience working on financial sector reform, economic policy, public financial management, international trade, and competitiveness strategy.

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Our Projects


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

The Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) program is helping 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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