We work shoulder-to-shoulder with government colleagues in African Presidencies and Ministries to help them turn their visions for development into reality

AGI’s practical support helps leaders to bridge the gap between their vision for a better future and their governments’ ability to implement it. Our advisors 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. We focus on the 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. We do it by:

  • Working shoulder-to-shoulder and leader-to-leader. Our teams, based full-time in our partner countries on a long term basis, work as colleagues 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 we are working with
  • Focusing on the Presidential and Prime Ministerial level because if the system at the centre doesn’t work political leaders can’t drive delivery
  • Tailoring our approach to the specific needs of each country. There is no off-the-shelf system that will work everywhere.  Context matters. We work alongside governments to build a system that works for them.

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

Jul 2016

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A Minister's view: On supporting AGI

Liberian Minister of Public Works, W. Gyude Moore, explains why it is important to support AGI's life changing work.
29th July 2016
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A Minister's view: AGI's impact in Liberia

Liberian Minister of Public Works, W. Gyude Moore, has worked with AGI since we first set up a project in Liberia, and last year he dropped in to speak to us about his experience of working with AGI.
29th July 2016

Nov 2015

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What's working for AGI like? - Shalini Unnikrishnan

Shalini Unnikrishnan talks about what it was like for her to work at AGI, how valuable it was to her and how unique an experience it is.
16th November 2015

Oct 2015

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On philanthropy and development with Howard Buffett and Tony Blair

Watch this video to hear from Mr Buffett, Tony Blair and Emmanuel de Merode, Warden of Virunga National Park in Congo, on Africa's development potential, conservation and philanthropy.
6th October 2015

Jun 2015

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There you stand, trying to re-build a nation in an environment where everyone wants to see change take place right away. After all, they voted for you because they had confidence in your ability deliver – immediately. Only you cannot, because the capacity to implement whatever change you have in mind does not exist.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia
2nd June 2015
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I set up AGI to help African governments bridge the gap between plans and results, to get from power plans to power plants, from a line in a speech to a line of children outside their new school.
Tony Blair
AGI Patron
2nd June 2015

May 2015

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[AGI] have taught me how to be committed. When they set out to do a programme, they really do it…I appreciate the way they do their work.
Wilson Karageya
Commercial Director, Rwanda Energy Group
21st May 2015
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What makes AGI's support unique is its practicality and continuous follow up to assure effectiveness.
Temelket Assefa
Expert, Agriculture and Industry Sector, Cabinet Affairs Office
6th May 2015
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AGI: the Ebola crisis

AGI stayed in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to support the governments to get on top of the Ebola crisis. This video gives you an insight into that work and shows the importance of effective government in a crisis.
6th May 2015

Apr 2015

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AGI is different because they don’t tell us what we want. We choose specific areas of focus and work with AGI. We take leadership and ownership, and that is how these partnerships should work.
CLAVER GATETE
MINISTER OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC PLANNING, Rwanda
29th April 2015

Mar 2015

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AGI in Ethiopia

A population of around 90 million people makes Ethiopia the second largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Find out how AGI is supporting the government to grow the economy and reduce poverty.
25th March 2015
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The best thing about working here is that AGI, as an organisation, doesn’t have any preconceived agenda – because we are working on the priorities of the government. And I think that is the best way.

Eden Getachew

Governance Advisor, Ethiopia
2nd March 2015

Dec 2014

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Growing economies that have ethical and accountable leaders are substantially more effective in dealing with poverty, joblessness, illiteracy and disease.
Patrice and Precious Motsepe
AGI supporters
10th December 2014

Sep 2014

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Why we support AGI - SPF

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, CEO of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, explains why the foundation has supported AGI since 2010.
30th September 2014

Jun 2014

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I set up AGI to be able to respond quickly to new opportunities, to take risks and innovate. It is the ambition and flexibility of our donors that makes this possible.
Tony Blair
AGI Patron
17th June 2014