Governance comprises the mechanisms, processes, and institutions through which society is governed. We see effective governance as a facilitator of poverty reduction and a guarantor of human rights. Our work on governance, therefore, focuses on key state and civil society mechanisms enabling the effective and non-discriminatory delivery of basic services, including security, the rule of law, access to justice, health and education etc. Particular attention is given to addressing gender imbalances by promoting women’s empowerment. Tana works with civil society and strives to enhance the capacity, ownership and governance of local, national and international civil society organisations to enable them to fulfil their role in society.

Our experiences clearly indicates that the focus of interventions is heavily context dependent; thus the governance challenge will be deeper in fragile and conflict affected states and it will take longer to put in place arrangements that are participatory, transparent, accountable, efficient and that can be sustained. In more stable development contexts, norms and structures may already be in place for these, but there will often be a need to improve governance effectiveness and to ensure that all citizens’ benefit, including those most vulnerable.

We apply these insights in our evaluations, programme design, analyses, monitoring, training and other activities relating to governance.

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