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

Voice and Accountability

Creating institutionalized mechanisms for public participation creates space for the negotiation and inclusive political settlements necessary to provide all citizens with access to government services. We work with governments and citizens on formal and informal mechanisms to enhance the accountability of service providers. Our work in this area includes building civil society’s ability to use accountability tools such as social audits and community scorecards, working with government institutions to strengthen internal controls, and supporting strong parliamentary oversight of public expenditures and policy implementation.

Our Experts

Edwin Berk has made a career of building the businesses of professional services companies where public and private sectors intersect.

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Christina Frey brings 10 years of experience in sustainable development, anti-corruption work, public sector governance, and political economy analysis across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

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Sarah Maguire is the Global Director of Safeguarding at DAI. Sarah practiced at the Bar of England and Wales in criminal defence, immigration, asylum, and family law before joining the former U.K. Department for International Development as Senior Human Rights Adviser.

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Michelle Morgan has dedicated her 25-year career to private sector development—and improving local knowledge, skills, and processes for sustained economic growth.

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Our Projects

Malawi—Justice and Accountability Programme (Chilungamo)

Chilungamo contributes to increased levels of governance, accountability, compliance with the rule of law, and respect, promotion, and protection of human rights in Malawi.

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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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Malawi—Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP)

To ensure more citizens benefit from the effects of decentralization, the Local Government Accountability and Performance activity works across eight districts to improve local government performance and transparency, increase citizen engagement, and strengthen the enabling environment for decentralization in Malawi.

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Honduras—Local Governance Activity (HLG)

HLG works in 80 municipalities in six departments in western Honduras to address entrenched socioeconomic challenges related to food insecurity, climate vulnerability, gender disparity, and local governance to sustainably improve the lives of the Honduran people.

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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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Afghanistan—Promote: Musharikat

Musharikat supports USAID Afghanistan’s investments in women’s rights groups and activists.

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