Independent Evaluations of PTF Projects

Key finding: “Donors should allocate sufficient funding to the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) (and to other similar non-governmental organizations—NGOs—who respond to civil societies’ governance initiatives) to foster a more secure funding base for civil society organizations—CSOs—who demonstrate courage and innovation in tackling corruption.”

John Clark, an international development consultant, former civil society activist and adviser to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and by the World Bank to evaluate scores of PTF supported projects. The evaluations completed by Clark are the most comprehensive of PTF’s work by an independent expert. PTF projects are assessed in terms of their effectiveness and impact, their sustainability, their replicability, their innovative approaches, and whether they truly represented value for money. In each area the reports find substantial accomplishments.

The evaluation of PTF’s “Citizens Against Corruption” program covers PTF grants supported by the World Bank’s Development Grants Facility amounting to $1.4 million that supported 42 projects implemented by 36 partner civil society organizations (CSOs) in 22 poor and transition countries from 2010 to 2013.

The evaluation of PTF’s “Good Governance: Community Mobilization to Combat Corruption” program covers 74 projects undertaken by 52 partner civil society organizations in 21 countries funded from a £2 million (approximately $2.98 million) grant from DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund.