• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 1/22/2014

Learning from DFID's Governance and Transparency Fund: Tools, methods and approaches 

This is the first in a series of papers aimed primarily at Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) grant holders and their partners as well as others who are interested in learning from DFID’s £131 million fund. The Fund aims to improve Governance and Transparency largely through strengthening civil society. This paper draws on examples from the 38 GTF programmes implementing a diverse range of activities in over 100 countries. Programmes have been up and running for between 12 and 18 months so that results and impacts will be the subject of future learning papers.

This paper’s focus is how tools, methods and approaches have been applied to design better governance and transparency programmes around the world. The main audience for this paper are the GTF grant holders and their partners.

The learning paper brings together lessons which have come directly from GTF programmes (either from reports, email communication, meetings and seminars or a learning field visit to Kenya). This paper has been finalised following input from GTF grant holders, either in the form of specific comments made or from presentations they had prepared for the postponed GTF workshop which was to be held at the end of April 2010.

In many cases, the tools and methods do not come across clearly as ‘new’ or ‘innovative’, at least in terms of the governance sector. For individual GTF programmes they may consider the tools or methods to be innovative in how they are designed and applied (sometimes in a new partnership with a research, academic or media institution). It may also be the case that governance issues per se are new to the organisation and/or its partners which may lead to developing new strategies (e.g. GTF 301 Christian Aid’s partners in Kenya), reviewing and targeting different audiences (e.g. GTF 142 ODI) or mainstreaming issues within an organisation (e.g. GTF 010 Water Aid). There are a number of examples of ‘innovation’ such as the use of citizen score cards to demand better governance in fragile states (e.g. GTF 141 Tiri), the production of a TV drama to promote governance and rights issues (e.g. GTF 170 Search for Common Ground) and the use of audio diaries to record experiences of engaging with political leaders (e.g. GTF 334 International Budget Partnership).