While well-governed institutions and a fair and just legal environment are the prerequisites for development, people are the drivers of development. We work with national and local governments to assist them in establishing the incentives and structures necessary for effective public administration and equitable civil service reform.

Our Experts


Marika Kanatova is the director responsible for bids for the European Commission (EC), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly AusAID), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly NZ Aid), and other donors.

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Alexander Kitain is a Harvard-trained public administration professional with a unique combination of skills in tax policy, tax and customs administration, tax and financial accounting, trade, economics, and public finance.

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Our Projects


Sri Lanka—Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP)

The Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project works to strengthen public accountability systems; improve planning, communication, policy reform, and implementation; and increase the participation of women and under-represented groups in Sri Lanka.

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