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Governance at R4D


R4D’s Governance Program believes that the key to improving the efficiency and quality of public spending and services, and thus people’s access to basic rights, is to strengthen citizens’ ability to hold their government accountable. R4D’s work to enhance accountability is based on two main approaches: strengthening civil society's capacity to undertake social accountability work and strengthening independent research organizations (think tanks) to undertake policy research and advocate for better governance. Read More...

Featured Governance Projects

R4D is currently leading work to strengthen think tanks in research, policy engagement, communications, management and context.  Our projects provide technical support and resources to organizations to build their capacity, make better decisions regarding their research agenda, and learn how best to operate in a complex environment.

R4D has been supporting civil society-led social accountability efforts since 2007.  This concept of social accountability, while still relatively new, is showing great promise to improve the delivery of health, education, water, and other essential services by involving citizens in holding decision makers to account.

Governance Projects

The Transparency for Development project is designed to investigate the questions of whether well-designed transparency and accountability interventions improve health outcomes and under what conditions. The overriding goal is to generate actionable evidence for practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders working to improve health, accountability, and citizen participation.

The Think Tank Policy Engagement and Communications program aims to strengthen think tanks’ policy engagement and communications capacity by providing think tanks with customized capacity development through ongoing mentorship support and opportunities for peer learning.  

The Linking Think Tank Performance, Decisions, and Context project aims to explore the strategic behavior of think tanks in response to the political, economic and social systems in which they operate, in an effort to further understand the unique interrelationships that exist between context factors and a think tank’s ability to influence change in the developing world. 

At the London Family Planning Summit of 2012, governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, service providers, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations launched the Family Planning 2020 initiative (FP2020).

R4D Expert Ray Struyk has developed a more informed, compelling and updated guide to strong think tank management practices with concrete and actionable best practices for better management as well as case studies and strategies used by real organizations to improve management. 

Jointly led by Results for Development Institute (R4D) and the Bandung Institute of Governance Studies (BIGS) the three-year Building Bridges Project develops Southeast Asian CSOs’ capacity to monitor and improve public spending and service delivery; enhances collaborations between CSOs and policymakers for better policy decisions; and catalyze concrete improvements in health and education spending and outcomes.

Since its inception in 2006, the Transparency and Accountability Program (TAP) has strengthened the capacity of independent monitoring organizations (IMOs) in low- and middle-income countries to better hold their governments accountable and to promote improvements in social sector public spending and service delivery. 

The Strengthening Institutions Program, a joint program of the Global Development Network and R4D, aims to strengthen policy debates around public expenditure issues in developing countries by providing support to emerging think tanks to conduct analyses of spending in the health, education, and water sectors.