To strengthen the democratic character of Nigerian political processes and outcomes by providing support to key electoral bodies, other relevant arms of government (such as the Legistaure) and civil society organisations. Credible elections, an efficient legislature and the scrutiny of government performance by an informed society will motivate government to perform better and be more responsive to the needs of citizens.
The GGF supports a series of governance and economic reform initiatives, aimed at building stability, reducing poverty and increasing prosperity, in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. The fund will focus on areas such as: anti-corruption; improving the business environment; judicial reform; key sector reforms (e.g. banking and energy); strengthening the rule of law; and supporting an independent media. This project was approved before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
To ensure that citizens, especially women, are more strongly represented in Burma's democratic processes and government is more accountable to its citizens. This will be achieved by: improving electoral processes and integrity in Burma; working to enable better functioning parliaments at Union and sub-national level; building a more transparent, inclusive and responsive civil service; ensuring that justice institutions are more transparent and responsive; and, working towards improving national planning capacity and donor coordination.
To strengthen the democratic character of Nigerian political processes and outcomes by providing support to key electoral bodies with technical assistance. This will benefit numerous Nigerians and change their perception about the non-counting of votes during elections.This will contribute to broader good governance by encouraging Nigerians to turn out massively to vote during elections and this will result in the election of credible leaders.
To improve the Kenyan Government’s accountability to its citizens by delivering peaceful, transparent, inclusive elections and providing support to non-governmental organisations, oversight bodies and independent commissions that can influence and deliver reforms thereby supporting the goal of making Kenya a more stable democracy
The outcome of the programme is a democratic system in which government institutions are more capable, parliament is more accountable and the state as a whole is more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Pakistani people.
“To empower citizens to demand greater electoral accountability and transparency, this will benefit the people of DRC and will contribute to more transparent and credible general elections through better knowledge of electoral laws and observation of the electoral process
To provide more inclusive, accountable and open political systems which will deliver sustainable growth and development objectives and achieve poverty reduction. The programme will do this through working at global and regional levels and in DFID’s priority countries,demonstrating impact in four outcome areas: (1) Inclusion of women and under-represented groups; (2) Accountability; (3) Transparency; and (4) Evidence on the effectiveness of democracy strengthening work.
To foster more constructive engagement between government and the people in Burma. The funding will improve the responsiveness of local governments to people's needs, thereby improving access to services and economic opportunities. We will provide grants to village and township authorities to undertake development projects identified by communities, benefiting approximately 500,000 people directly. We will support initiatives that build accountability and trust in systems of governance in order to support Burma's transition to peace, democracy and prosperity.
Support to the African Union Commission (AUC) to deliver against shared UK-Africa priorities. In its initial phase the programme will support the AUC to develop a stronger upstream focus on peace and security, through work on election monitoring and migration policy development, alongside support to promote mutual prosperity and boost economic growth. This project compliments broader UK engagement with the African Union Commission, including a CSSF funded programme promoting the protection of civilians during AU peace keeping missions.
To increase trust between government and civil society to deliver enhanced state accountability and responsiveness, resulting in better quality public services. The programme supports building the capcity of Civil Society Organisations through provision of grants and capacity building interventions.
To improve the transparency and accountability of the upcoming elections through increasing the coverage of national and international observation, improving the capacity of parliamentary political parties to monitor the process and engage with authorities, increasing media coverage of the electoral cycle and improving the operations and management capacity of electoral management bodies.
To inform and influence international and national policymakers in donor and developing countries, by producing accessible policy products and active outreach, based on the latest evidence. The priority areas of policy focus are 1. democracy support, 2. closing civic space, 3. anti-corruption, 4. conflict and violence,5. gender, 6. technology and repression, and 7. the changing global context of aid.
Main objective: Poverty reduction in Myanmar, promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all in Myanmar. Specific objectives: 1. Increased economic security and social empowerment for marginalized young women and men and community members. 2. Vulnerable young women and men have the skills to enhance their enterprise and employment opportunities. 3. Vulnerable young women and men have access to assets, markets and network s to develop their enterprise and employment opportunities.
Good Governance Fund support to the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, with the aim of supporting reform to Moldova's political party finance law, to conduct an extensive civic education campaign, and to provide a targeted outreach campaign for women and young voters.
The physical impact of a natural disaster such as a major earthquake is immediately visible: lost lives, displaced people, destroyed houses and a shattered cultural heritage. However, the longer-term impact of such an event is less apparent. This project will study the impact that the earthquakes of 2015 had on Nepali society. It will examine public discourse to understand social change; study efforts to reclaim and reinvent material culture; and study archival material to identify the permanent marks left by previous disasters. First, the project will investigate the earthquakes' impact upon ongoing cultural and political discourse in Nepal. Nepal emerged from a ten-year civil war in 2006 and since then the country's main political players had been engaged in a seemingly interminable process of transition from a monarchical Hindu state to a democratic federal republic. Much of the debate and contention concerned the content of a new constitution for Nepal which would enshrine the new federal structure, safeguard democracy, and ensure greater inclusion of historically marginalized groups and communities. The earthquakes had a major impact upon this process: a new constitution was promulgated less than five months after the disaster, but its content proved to be highly divisive. The researchers on this project will investigate the ways in which the disaster changed the direction and content of the national debate on a number of key cultural and political issues over a three year period beginning on 25 April 2015 (the day on which the first quake occurred). Their analysis will focus on media, literary and cultural production ranging from newspaper op-ed columns to poetry, songs and urban graffiti (with a particular emphasis on material produced in Nepali), and on interviews and focus-group discussions in both provincial and metropolitan locations. Second, the project will ask who it is that decides which elements of an aid-dependent country's destroyed physical heritage is worth restoring. Early photographs of earthquake damage showed heaps of rubble in Kathmandu's world heritage sites. This gave the impression of extensive devastation in the capital and led to an early media focus on the loss of cultural heritage in the Kathmandu Valley. It seemed to be generally assumed that the restoration of the Valley's historic built environment would take place uncontentiously, and that the international community would contribute to the cost of this restoration. However, the discussion is only just beginning of what the priorities of the restoration project will be, or how they will be set. The project will investigate the extent to which the selection and prioritisation of sites and buildings for restoration is driven by what is held locally to be most 'dear', and to what extent by the evaluations of external donors and heritage experts. Third, the project will draw historical comparisons between the sociocultural and political impacts of the 2015 quakes and those of the major quakes that struck Nepal during earlier periods of political and cultural transition in 1833 and 1934. A handful of brief accounts of these earlier quakes and their aftermath and impact have been published in Nepali and English (eg. Joshi 2015, Rana 2013), and several Nepali journalists referred to these accounts in their reporting on the 2015 disaster. However, little of this material has been utilised by scholars writing in English, and archives in London, Delhi and Kathmandu contain contemporaneous accounts that have not been published or analysed in any detail. This study across the three strands aims to determine what changes in Nepali society take and have taken place after a major disaster. Do the rules and conventions that governed life and political decision-making before a disaster continue to be valued in its aftermath? What kinds of change occu r as a result of such a disaster? Which of these changes is temporary and which is permanent?