Our theory of change

Poor governance and corruption are the key underlying factors slowing or preventing social and economic development. We are witnessing the continued failure of many governments to significantly control corruption.

In many countries the laws are deficient, and public institutions often function poorly. Often, governments are corrupt themselves and have little incentive to take steps to minimize it. Even when the desire to reform exists at the central level, decentralized structures or institutions may not be willing or able to fulfil their responsibilities adequately.

A capable, observant and dynamic civil society – the media, local community organizations, regional and national non-governmental institutions – can have a profound positive impact in bringing corrupt behaviour to light, improving governance and motivating even recalcitrant governments to do something about it. Civil society’s demand for good governance can be pivotal.