We support leaders in Presidencies and Ministries across Africa to help them turn their visions for development into reality through effective government

This support helps leaders to bridge the gap between their vision for a better future and their governments’ ability to implement it.  The advisors we fund work with political leaders and public officials to develop the skills, systems and structures that they need to get things done and meet the expectations of their citizens. They focus on three fundamental processes that need to work for implementation of reforms to succeed: prioritisation, so efforts are focused on a clear set of tangible goals; planning, so that it’s clear how to reach those goals; and performance management, to keep everything moving. The work we support is:

  • Shoulder-to-shoulder and leader-to-leader: We fund advisors based full-time in our partner countries on a long term basis to work alongside local public servants. This is complemented at the leadership level by the work of Tony Blair and a network of other international senior advisors and experts who share experiences and advice with the leaders 
  • Focused on the Presidential and Prime Ministerial level because if the system at the centre doesn’t work political leaders can’t drive delivery
  • Tailored in approach to specific national needs. There is no off-the-shelf system that will work everywhere.  Context matters. 

Highlights

See inside the heart of the Ebola response and find out what lessons we learned while supporting the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to manage the crisis.
Sebastien Frendo, AGI's Country Head in Ethiopia, shares his first-hand experience of the potential of manufacturing to grow the economy and reduce poverty in Ethiopia.
SCBI brings together Rwandan public servants and international experts. This helps them deliver and build capacity at the same time.
Access to electricity is essential for development. That's why it's a priority for the Government of Rwanda.

300m

Almost 300 million people live in our partner countries. We support their governments to improve their lives

60%

Over 60% of people in sub-Saharan Africa rely on farming for their livelihoods, that's why we work on agriculture

70%

Seven out of ten people in sub-Saharan Africa live without electricity, that's why we work on energy

AGI In Action

Feb 2017

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Looking for an exciting opportunity to work within development and influence change in Africa? This could be the opportunity for you...
10th February 2017
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AGI's Dan Hymowitz pays tribute to Hans Rosling, who worked alongside him during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
9th February 2017

Jan 2017

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The Art of Delivery series from AGI’s Dan Hymowitz gives an insight into the complexity of improving government effectiveness and the reality of supporting it.
25th January 2017
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AGI's Dan Hymowitz joined UN and World Bank staff for a meeting on supporting government functions in fragile and conflict-affected settings recently. Here's his write up of the event.
23rd January 2017

Dec 2016

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AGI's CEO has released a statement responding to recent media coverage of AGI.
12th December 2016
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AGI’s CEO, Nick Thompson has written to AGI stakeholders to tell them about changes at AGI.
12th December 2016

Nov 2016

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Shoulder to Shoulder. New @tonyblair_agi piece on supporting government delivery by @dhymowit t.co/DbfgALaHdR

23rd November 2016
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Shoulder to Shoulder shows how international organisations can better support government delivery.
22nd November 2016
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Fatou Wurie has become the first AGI scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government.
18th November 2016

Oct 2016

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Workers at Liberia's Bright Farms process rubber, a new initiative in a sector that's traditionally exported crude… t.co/bVyG3QHmsT

26th October 2016
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Hear from the people we work with about the issues we work on in our new podcast. The first episode - The Rice Conundrum.
20th October 2016