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Effective Institutions

Good governance, and the delivery of essential services for people, relies on having strong institutions in place. Our aim is to support these institutions to do their work effectively. 

DJs Stephen Mweka and Paul Sakamoyo broadcast from Radio Mano in Kasama, Zambia

Effective institutions matter

Effective institutions and policies are vital for the ownership, leadership and capacity that are required to reduce hunger, build resilience, deliver essential public services, and sustain development gains.

Strong government ownership is essential

Well-run governments are best placed to drive forward efforts in tackling hunger and vulnerability. Other actors have important roles to play, such as civil society and the private sector. But without strong government ownership, leadership and accountability, and the legitimacy and reach brought by government action, progress will be difficult.

Well-run governments are best placed to drive forward efforts in tackling hunger and vulnerability.

Others have an important role to play

However, building effective institutions and policies cannot rely on governments alone. Parliaments, civil society organisations, the private sector, and the wider citizenship also play a critical role in providing legitimacy, ensuring democratic ownership and participation, and demanding accountability.

Our response

We support better institution building through our programmes of support and our engagement with our partner countries.

We support government efforts, and, where possible, use accountable country systems. In this work, we strive to strengthen the capacity of governments and their partners to scale up interventions in tackling hunger and poverty, and supporting economic growth

We provide support for public sector reform, decentralisation, research capacity building, training, and efforts by all of our partners to build their own capacity and strengthen the institutions that are critical for poverty to be addressed. 

How we support strong government in our partner countries

Read more about how we promote and support strong government and effective institutions in our partner countries.