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

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

Nov 2016

Jun 2016

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The third paper in AGI's Art of delivery series, focuses on the importance of customizing delivery mechanisms to achieve results. It gives an insight into delivery adaptations in some of AGI's partner countries.
27th June 2016

Mar 2016

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Prioritisation is essential to getting things done in government. That's why the latest article in our Art of delivery series, Choosing the first among equals, focuses on the topic of prioritisation.
22nd March 2016
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Writing on Duncan Green’s blog, AGI’s Dan Hymowitz explains how the development community sometimes misses the point on delivery.
7th March 2016

Feb 2016

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"Too much science, not enough art" argues that there is too much focus on the technical aspects of government delivery and not enough on the vital political levers of implementation.
4th February 2016

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