Good Governance 

Governance is a broad concept whose centrality for sustainable development has been recognised for at least the last 20 years. Recent debate has focused on how development assistance can best influence the governance agenda. The economic and political changes defining the 21st century are ushering in new and pragmatic relationships across civil society, the private sector and government, and changes in technology are further facilitating these relationships. The prospects for citizen empowerment are positive.


Our work


KPMG and Governance KPMG IDAS believes that governance is central to development and the long-term reduction of poverty. Drawing on our experience and the latest thinking, we seek an approach to governance informed by:

  • An understanding of the political-economic context – we recognise that governance is primarily a political process rather than a technical one.
  • Building on existing foundations – governance institutions cannot be transplanted from other contexts as they need to facilitate relationships between different holders of power within society.
  • A results focus – we use theories of change or logic models to clarify results from higher to lower levels, track progress against them and learn.


Our key service offerings in this area are:

  • Managing programmes and grants within this sector in a way that is flexible and adaptive to contexts, bringing to bear KPMG’s significant experience managing fiduciary risks.
  • Building the capacity of non-governmental institutions to educate citizens, empower people and demand accountability from their governments.
  • Sharing learning across our range of governance programmes.


Our local understanding provides the basis for the sustainable achievement of governance results, and is how we deliver the value for money on governance programmes that constituents in donor countries are quite correctly demanding.


We are addressing the challenge of governance through a number of diverse initiatives that leverage our core expertise – excellence in programme and fund management. Much of this involves working with civil society to promote greater citizen demand for accountable, responsive government that delivers quality services and enables inclusive growth. But it also includes working with the private sector to foster the transparent legal and regulatory environments needed to allow growth, and tackle the difficult work of government reform.


Our team


Michael Ward

Director, Governance

Michael is the IDAS Director responsible for governance work and is also the country leader for Tanzania, where he has been based for five years. He brings 15 years experience in international development, with significant experience in designing, managing and reviewing large scale governance, public sector reform and civil society strengthening initiatives. He oversees KPMG’s work on the DFID and Danida funded Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) Programme, the Dutch funded Public Accountability in Tanzania Initiative and the Tanzania Hub of the AECF.


Michael holds graduate qualifications in anthropology and has worked extensively in Papua New Guinea as well as East Timor, Rwanda, Zambia, and Kenya.

Michael MacDonald

Director, GTF

Mike has over 25 years of development experience and since 2007 has led KPMG’s fund management team for the £130 million DFID Governance and Transparency Fund. He has designed, managed and evaluated a range of complex programmes for DFID, Danida, FAO, GTZ, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. Mike has extensive experience of implementing financial systems and developing financial reporting mechanisms, forecasts and budgets. He is also well versed in Challenge Fund requirements, including marketing funds by identifying and promoting investment opportunities and proposals.


Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and a Masters in Governance and Development from the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.

Kate Dyer

Director, AcT

Kate has over 20 years experience in international development, the last 15 of them based in Tanzania. Her expertise is in strategic planning and facilitation, with a special interest in results-based management and outcome mapping. Her sectoral expertise is in governance, civil society development, gender and education.


She has worked as a consultant for numerous national and international NGOs, for the governments of Kenya, Lesotho and Tanzania, as well as for CIDA, DFID, Irish Aid, and the World Bank.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Cambridge University and a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK.