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

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AGI's CEO Nick Thompson looks forward to the challenges facing African governments in 2016 and reflects on the Afri-optimism vs. Afri-pessimism debate.
29th January 2016

Nov 2015

Jul 2015

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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.
9th July 2015
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Africa is in the grip of an energy crisis, says this year’s Africa Progress Panel (APP) Report. We ask how to light up rural homes in sub-Saharan Africa.
2nd July 2015

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Nov 2012

May 2012

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Walking over the newly reconstructed Vai Town Bridge in Monrovia, amid the hustle of the Waterside market, you get a sense of a country on the move. Over the past 6 years since the war ended, President Johnson Sirleaf has brought in over $16bn of inward investment, mainly into the growing extractives sector – and Chevron have just begun to drill for offshore oil.
30th May 2012
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Feedback in Development
25th May 2012
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March 2012. It’s warm, but I feel a refreshing breeze from the ocean. I’m on the beach in order to take the Sea Coach Express to Freetown from Lungi Airport. I feel the sand, I smell the ocean and the wind is pretty strong. It’s been five years since I was here last, and it is wonderful to be back! Once in Freetown, I notice an increase in cars, but the roads seem to be the same as I remember (lots of potholes –although now maybe as a result of roadworks rather than neglect?) and the same restaurants seem to be open. Freetown looks the same as I remember, yet I sense a difference that I can’t put my finger on.
18th May 2012

Oct 2011

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Standing in the carriage of a London Overground train is not the best place to prepare for a radio interview but that's how I spent my commute home this Wednesday after a fascinating day spent debating the nature of aid, government capacity, and how to support African countries to move beyond aid dependency.
21st October 2011