GOVERNANCE MATTERS

Challenges

The state is often regarded the key player in setting the legal and institutional framework for the public and the private sector to participate in decision-making related to social, political and economic development. Performance-oriented analyses of this paradigm evaluate to which extent the state and the public confirm, distribute, mobilize and articulate good governance features as outlined below.


GFA approach and services

GFA approaches governance at the macro, meso and micro levels of development and aims at improving its three dimensions - policy, polity and politics. Our experts support good governance in the policy dimension where we engage in state reform and policy dialog for national authorities and political decision makers. GFA teams advise on institutional development as part of the polity dimension. Also, we support fostering efficient and effective local governance and have in-depth knowledge and experience in facilitating negotiation processes in the politics dimension between the state, civil society and the private sector.

Policy needs options     

GFA supports national governments in policy making with the help of our experienced advisors. Our multi-disciplinary experts develop options and facilitate the assessment of alternatives in order to reach sustainable policies. We engage in reform dialog in transition countries on command-led vs market-oriented economies and on centralized vs decentralized government structures. Under the premises of the Paris Declaration of Aid Effectiveness, we foster aligning sector policies with national strategies.

Improving polity     

GFA considers reliable and accountable institutions a pre-requisite for the state to motivate the public and private sector to invest in development, economic growth and poverty alleviation. Our highly qualified experts have backgrounds in public administration and master organizational development, social and intercultural skills to advise and foster change management processes within institutions at national and local levels. GFA focuses on accountable, effective and efficient institutions in the private and public realm: We enable them to participate in decision-making with their constituents in a result-oriented manner. GFA experts use a variety of tools, training methodologies and promising practices to safeguard tangible and sustainable outcomes.

Processes feed politics     

The political dimension builds on development processes: The administration, the public, civil society and the private sector continuously try to enhance development and to secure a sustainable future under challenging circumstances. We have the skills and expertise to assist in developing, rebuilding and restructuring processes in crisis and post-conflict countries. GFA consultants define and refine processes in decentralization, financial management, rule of law and aid implementation.