INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE &

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM

 

At Agriteam, we believe that inclusive governance is the foundation for the development of healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities. We use an integrated governance approach and follow a comprehensive capacity development process to support governance and public sector reform based on the following principles: inclusion and participation of people and service delivery; equity, equality and non-discrimination for all; transparency of processes and accountability towards people; efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector to fulfill its responsibilities; and capacity and responsiveness to the needs of the population.

 

OUR EXPERTISE INCLUDES:

  • Public sector policy and administrative management (e.g., policy-making and management; coordination, planning and reform; human resource management; organizational development; development planning; and service delivery)
  • Drafting and implementation of legislative and regulatory frameworks
  • Support to law enforcement institutions
  • Promotion and protection of human rights
  • Access to justice, particularly for poor and marginalized communities including women children and youth
  • Accountability (transparency, anti-corruption, ethics and integrity)
  • Decentralization (e.g., decentralization processes, strengthening of regional and local government units in planning, management, delivery of services and capacity development of regional and local authorities)
  • Participatory engagement

Agriteam has implemented more than 20 large-scale public sector reform projects in the last 10 years and governance is a cross-cutting theme throughout our portfolio.

OUR INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE & PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

MALI: Institutional Development Program – Capacity Building Component (PAPDI) (Global Affairs Canada, 2015 – 2019)

PAPDI supports the reform of the Malian Public Administration sector by strengthening the capacity of the Office of the Commissioner of Institutional Development (CDI). The CDI is the steering mechanism of the Institutional Development Program, which is an initiative of the Government of Canada to ensure growth and reduce poverty through technical and financial assistance to the Government of Mali. PAPDI capacity-building activities in: (a) result based management; (b) change management; (c) internal control and program evaluation; (d) human resource management; (e) financial management; (f) equality between women and men; and (g) environmental assessment and sustainable development will directly benefit public servants by providing them with a modern, equitable and performance–based work environment, and provide access to higher quality public service to the Malian population as a whole. PAPDI is also providing technical support to targeted ministries working in collaboration with the CDI to implement and monitor the operational plan for the Institutional Development Program.

UKRAINE: Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (EDGE) (Global Affairs Canada, 2014 – 2019)

The Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (EDGE) project is helping Ukraine move towards a democratic and prosperous society by advancing citizen-centered democracy and promoting sustainable economic growth. Working side-by-side at the highest levels, EDGE responds to critical needs of the Ukrainian government in planning, implementing and communicating reforms. EDGE supports reforms across a broad range of governance sectors (anti-corruption, deregulation, decentralization, probation) as well as strategic areas within the economic growth sphere (foreign direct investment, exports, agriculture, ports reform, etc.). Agriteam is responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of EDGE. Agriteam deploys technical experts directly within the Project’s partner Ministries (e.g., National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine; National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption; Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; Ministry of Finance; and Ministry of Justice), embedding them to work hand-in-hand with leadership and the bureaucracy as they manage their respective priority reforms. To date, the Project has worked on reforms in over 20 sectors and is currently involved in 14 TA reform initiatives including: decentralization, public administration reform, transparency and anti-corruption, justice, economic growth and investment. Within each of these reforms, EDGE promotes accountability, good governance, transparency and integrity.

PERU: Strengthening of Regional Governments for Social and Economic Development in Northern Peru (ProGobernabilidad/SRGSED) (Global Affairs Canada, 2011 – 2018)

ProGobernabilidad is a governance project focused on reducing economic inequality and supporting sustainable economic growth through strengthening the capacities of four regional governments in Northern Peru. Project staff are working with the regional governments to improve the quality and accessibility of public services by building their capacity in planning, public administration, information management and e-government, leading to more inclusive delivery, increased transparency and effectiveness, and improved quality and accessibility of public services at the regional level. Recently, the project supported an e-gov initiative to provide timely and free medical advice for rural pregnant women and new mothers through SMS texting to share information about the risks, complications, care and monitoring of pregnancy. Other successful initiatives include sponsoring hackathons and using open data to create local, community-based solutions to enhance access to information and improve government services, and updating regional government websites with user-friendly innovations and education materials.

SRI LANKA: National Languages Project (Global Affairs Canada, 2010-2015)

The National Languages Project responded to Sri Lanka’s need to enhance relations between Sinhala and Tamil speaking citizens through increasing access to government services in both official languages, while fostering respect for language rights, linguistic diversity and post-conflict social cohesion. Agriteam provided technical assistance to the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration (MNLSI) to support the gender-sensitive implementation of the Official Languages Policy by co- developing strategic plans and piloting innovative practices for OLP integration across all government institutions, improving bilingual public services, establishing a Translation Centre with an in-service training program for translators, mainstreaming gender sensitivity in the MNLSI, and establishing institutional linkages with official language institutions of the Canadian government. NLP also worked with the University of Ottawa and the University of Colombo to launch a translation degree program, and managed a Public Engagement Fund that provided funding to civil society organizations and community groups to develop projects in local language rights and bilingualism. End of project results included increased opportunities for citizens to be served in the official language of their choice, increased respect and appreciation for language rights in Sri Lanka, and improved social cohesion and stability.

HAITI: Technical Support Project in Haiti (Global Affairs Canada, 2012 – 2015)

The objective of this project was to increase the technical and strategic capacity of government institutions in order to facilitate the implementation of Haiti’s National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in 2010. The project strengthened the capacity of the Haitian government by embedding experts in different institutions and organizations on an on-demand basis to provide technical assistance, coaching and mentoring. PATH worked with seven ministries, providing them with access to technical experts providing coaching/mentoring, capacity building, research and analysis, strategic and operation support in public sector reform, as well as training for executives and senior public servants in implementing public sector reform strategies; and tools, written and electronic materials and work methods that modernize public sector management. Agriteam mobilized more than 100 technical advisors to support Haitian government, enabling the strategic planning units of several ministries to resume their activities after the earthquake. Ministries included: Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development; Ministry of Public Health and Population; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; Ministry of National Education and Professional Training; Ministry of Women’s Conditions and Rights; and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Direct institutional support provided by PATH enabled the Government to assess its national poverty reduction strategy and to monitor its progress. It also enabled the Ministry of Planning to better coordinate the planning exercises of sectoral ministries to harmonize aid.

CHINA: Policy Options Project (POP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005 –2014)

The Policy Operations Project (POP) was an eight-year governance initiative designed to support the Government of China’s policy reform agenda and contributes to improved public sector services in China. Phase 1 of POP (2005-2010) focused on human rights, democratic development, good governance and the environment. Phase 2 (2010-2014) focused on ethnic minority rights, labour rights and rule of law. The purpose of POP was to build the capacity of Chinese policy makers to formulate and implement policies that contribute to sustainable development, and also to improve the monitoring and evaluation of measureable, tangible outcomes. This was achieved through exchanges of ideas, experiences and expertise with Canadian policy makers and Canadian Expert Resources sourced from Agriteam’s extensive network of Canadian expertise. This network includes Canadian partner organizations contracted to implement sub-projects in China POP.

Over the life of the project, 45 sub-projects were selected to receive funding. As a result of China POP interventions, over 64 policy studies were completed, 10 new policy implementation strategies were introduced, and 38 new policies were adopted. In addition to mainstreaming gender equality into all of its sub-projects, China POP also supported two policy initiatives directly supporting women: the Policy Framework for the Establishment of the National Women Education and Training System was developed and implemented, and the Chinese Maternity Insurance Law (Jan 1, 2012) expanded the scope of coverage of maternity insurance and benefits by broadening the category of employers that are required to provide coverage.

PHILIPPINES: Local Government Support Program (LGSP II) (Global Affairs Canada, 1999 – 2006)

The goal of the Local Government Support Program (LGSP II) was to contribute to equitable growth and poverty reduction in the Philippines through more effective and participatory local governance. In collaboration with the national Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the program assisted municipalities, communities, CSOs, NGOs, donors and the private sector to plan and deliver sound economic and social programs in response to citizens’ needs. At the local level, Agriteam developed the capacity of 205 Local Government Units (LGUs) in leadership, planning and management, service delivery, revenue generation and community engagement. 22 LGUs developed investment promotion plans and 73 entered into joint ventures with the private sector, an innovative financing approach for the Philippines at the time.

At the national level, LGSPII strengthened the DILG, municipal leagues and NGO associations in systems leadership, intergovernmental cooperation, policy reform, local government performance measurement, development planning, and the assessment and replication of innovative pilot practices. LGSPII was selected by the Government of Canada as a model capacity development project in 2003, and as a case study for local governance capacity development by the European Centre for Development Policy Management in 2004.

MALAWI: Canada-Malawi Government Assistance Project (GAP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2001 – 2009)

The Canada-Malawi Government Assistance Project (GAP) strengthened the capacity of the Government of Malawi by providing technical expertise to ministries, departments and public agencies in financial management reform, public accountability, policy and program development and human resource development and management. Through a responsive funding mechanism, Agriteam worked to enhance the capacity of Malawian government partners to develop high-impact, low-cost initiatives in strategic areas that would enhance service delivery throughout the government. GAP worked with senior members of the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), government officials and other stakeholders to: institutionalize leadership and management capacity built at the OPC, the Department of Human Resource Management and Development and the Central Agencies committee; enhance the technical capacity of government to support the development and implementation of standardized strategic plans and work plans that integrate issues of gender equality and HIV/AIDS; improve accountability and financial management through a standardized reporting system; and provide technical assistance to develop a gender-sensitive, Policy Development and Analysis curriculum and courses to be disseminated throughout the government. The project managed more than 13 public sector reform initiatives with 11 different government bodies ranging in value from C$85,000 to C$500,000 and from 12 to 36 months in duration. As a result, multiple policies were developed and approved, including the National Sanitation Policy Development, the Action Plan for Country Financial Accountability Assessment, and the HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy.

PHILIPPINES: Local Governance Support Program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (LGSPA) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005 – 2010)

This governance and peace building project was implemented in the fragile and conflict-affected Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in Southern Philippines. The goal of LGSPA was to support the Government of the Philippines’ and the Autonomous Region in creating sustainable communities characterized by economic growth, peace, social equity, environmental sustainability and good governance. LGSPA engaged all 118 municipalities and two cities in the Region, all six provincial governments, the ARMM Regional Government, and the Local Government Unit Leagues, building local government capacity in leadership and management, effective service delivery, resource generation and management, economic growth, and participatory governance/peace building. The project also worked on the demand side of governance, supporting civil society organizations, NGOs, peace networks, academia, media groups and Muslim religious leaders to improve their capacity in advocacy and participation in local governance consultations. Chief among LGSPA results is the establishment of a Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board, an important step toward developing the halal industry, generating economic growth and reducing poverty in the region.