WHAT DO WE DO?

PTF supports innovative civil society organization-led and related approaches to reduce corruption, increase transparency, strengthen governance, and enhance accountability in low- and middle-income economies and widely shares knowledge gleaned through its work.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

Governance and accountability will only improve if citizens organize themselves to demand reform. Governments respond to internal, not external, pressure. We help local civil society organizations (CSOs) acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to campaign effectively for reform, monitor and improve delivery of services, and encourage government agencies to respond constructively to the concerns and demands of citizens.

Theory of Change

OUR STRATEGY

Our strategy defines PTF’s mission to support innovative civil society organization-led and related approaches to reduce corruption, increase transparency, strengthen governance, and enhance accountability in low- and middle-income economies and widely share knowledge gleaned through its work.

WHO WE ARE

PTF is a 501(c)(3) Washington, DC-based non-governmental organization founded in 1998. Since it started operations in 2000, PTF has supported more than 200 projects in over 50 countries, published reports and extensive articles on the lessons learned from its projects, and provided advice to multilateral institutions.

PTF’s Board of Directors, Management Team, and Advisors represent many nationalities and have a common passion for supporting CSOs in their work to secure transparency, accountability, and integrity in the public sector.

OUR APPROACHES

PTF achieves its mission by supporting local civil society organizations (CSOs) through mobilizing and granting funds, providing technical advice, and disseminating knowledge, as well as advocating for civil society engagement and demanding integrity in the public and private sectors. Specifically, PTF:

  • Mobilizes money from official and private donors to provide sub-grants to local CSOs, in addition to helping them access donor funds directly;
  • Provides technical advice through expert advisers who have decades of experience in international development;
  • Distills knowledge from projects and CSOs it supports, as well as from global experience, and disseminates information widely;
  • Advocates for civil society engagement to reduce corruption, enhance integrity and accountability, and increase effectiveness of public programs and projects and calls on donors to support CSOs in doing this work with capacity building and funds; and
  • Promotes collaboration and mutual support among its network of CSO partners.

Learn more about the tools and approaches we use here.

PTF’s Board of Directors, Management Team, and Advisors represent many nationalities and have a common passion for supporting CSOs in their work to secure transparency, accountability, and integrity in the public sector.

PTF’s strategy calls for a strengthening of selection criteria for projects financed by its own grants, as well as the funds for which it bids to sharpen its focus on anti-corruption and empowerment of local civil society.

Selection criteria include: alignment with mission, focus countries and sectors, sustainable and qualified CSO recipients, impact as assessed by a realistic monitoring framework, sustainability, and clear value added for PTF.

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After accumulating decades of experience and expertise, what is the next step for those who still want to contribute? Seeking an answer to this question is what brings many retirees to join the Partnership for Transparency (PTF).