Institutional development is a critical part of the broader development process. While 'governance and institutions' may appear abstract concepts, they are at the heart of the social contract between citizens and states. Governments, businesses, and other actors deliver public goods and essential services through institutions and their associated rules and norms. It is through institutions that citizens express their democratic rights and claims, engage in collective action to address common problems, and exercise oversight. And it is through institutions that governments mobilise and spend public money.
We aim to pioneer new thinking that emphasises practical problem-solving rather than formal institutional appearance. Our strategy envisages the development of a distinctive approach with a focus on three areas: the delivery of services to marginalised groups, budgeting and public finance management, and the participation of citizens in political processes.