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									Governance and Transparency Fund

             Mark Robinson
           Head of Profession
         Governance and Conflict

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DFID’s Capability, Accountability and
Responsiveness Framework


        Accountability                 Responsiveness

          Political                   Public
          institutions                sector

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GTF: Basic facts

         •   One of the headline commitments made in 2006 DFID White

         •   Full public consultation on the Fund carried out in September

         •   A one-off initiative with only one funding application round

         •   Fund value of £130 million over 5 years from April 2008

         •   Proposals between £750,000 and £5m for 3 - 5 years with
             up to 100% funding

         •   Open to any not for profit organisation including trade
             unions, co-operative groups, faith based groups, etc.

         •   Projects cover all low and middle income countries, except
             EU accession countries

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Aim of the Fund

          To help make governments more
          accountable to their citizens by
          strengthening civil society and the media
          to give greater voice to citizens

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Activities the Fund was
designed to support
         • Campaigning on freedom of information,
           corruption, and other issues.

         • Representing the views and interests of poor
           people when poverty reduction plans and
           national budgets are being drawn up.

         • Advocating the rights of women,
           marginalised groups such as disabled people
           or ethnic minorities, and workers through
           trades unions.

         • Training and linking journalists,
           parliamentarians, and other professional
           bodies such as lawyers’ associations.

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Application process

           1. Concept Notes assessed for eligibility of:
               • the applying organisation(s), and
               • proposed activities                441

           2. Full Proposals assessed on:
               • Technical Merit
               • Programme Risk
               • Financial Risk                    272

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Application Process

        • The role of GTF Fund Manager was

        • Contract was awarded to a strong consortium
          led by KPMG

        • Appraisals jointly undertaken by the Fund
          Manger and DFID technical staff in the UK
          and overseas offices

        • Recommendations on Concept Notes made
          by the Fund Manager

        • Final funding decisions made by DFID

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Funding Considerations

        • While technical merit was the principal factor
          considered, we have also sought to achieve a
          balanced portfolio overall, meeting the
          following criteria:

           • geographic areas, ensuring coverage of DFID
             priority countries

           • cross-cutting issues such as gender equality;

           • inclusion of different sizes and types of civil
             society organisation;

           • spread of risk among wider set of

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Proposals Supported

        •   Of the 272 proposals we appraised we considered almost
            100 to be of a ‘high quality’

        •   The total value of these ‘high quality’ proposals was almost

        •   We had only a £130m budget

        •   The quality and level of innovation demonstrated by
            proposals exceeded our expectations

        •   This allowed us a valuable degree of choice…

        •   …but also meant that many high-quality applications could
            not be funded

        •   We were able to offer support to 38 applicants

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   Proposals Supported

    Recommended projects by region

                      Middle East, 1
      Lat Am, 3

                                       Africa, 17
Global, 11

                  Asia, 6

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                 Proposals Supported

          Governance Thematic Area           No.
Administrative Reform and Access to Public
   Services                                  11
Access to Justice and Human Rights            8
Public Expenditure Monitoring                 5
Controlling Corruption                        4
Freedom of Information – Media                4
Decentralisation                              3
Conflict Prevention / Peace Building          2
International Governance                      1

                       Total                 38

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                       Examples of Grants

Thematic Area       Organisation    Location   Project Title
Access to Public    Water Aid       Global     Developing Southern Civil
Services                                       Society advocacy in Water and
                                               Sanitation in Africa, South
                                               Asia, and Central America

Access to Justice   The Zimbabwe    Zimbabwe   Strengthening Human Rights
and Human Rights    Human Rights               in Governance and
                    NGO Forum                  Transparency in Zimbabwe

Public              Centre for      Kenya      National Taxpayers
     Expenditure    Governance                 Association (NTA) -
Monitoring          and                        Improving Government
                    Development                Service Delivery
                                               &Accountability through
                                               Citizen Report Cards

Controlling         Transparency    Global     AC:DC - Anti-Corruption:
Corruption          International              Delivering Change

                             Full listing available at:                        Page 12
Future Considerations

        • Scope for supporting high quality
          unfunded proposals from other donors
        • Financial commitments for further GTF
          funding rounds from DFID and other
        • Building an enduring mechanism with
          potential to act as an independent
          funding entity
        • Scope for systematic learning, evaluation
          and lesson-sharing

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