Learning from the many projects implemented by civil society organizations (CSOs) across the developing world that PTF has and does support is central to PTF’s mission. Many insights are coming to the fore that are encapsulated by PTF Advisers on this page as “lessons learned” articles.


  • Student Anti-Corruption Training by NGOs in Cameroon: Successful Examples

    By PTF Adviser Willem Struben Recently, Shilpa Banerji submitted an entry to the World Bank’s Governance for Development Blog on “How students in Cameroon are fighting corruption in schools”. It describes how, with the help of about US$15,000 grant from the Governance Partnership Facility, the ZENU Network helped train high

  • The Role of Women in Anti-Corruption Interventions: Lessons Learned from Two PTF-Supported Projects

    By Sarah Little, Communications Officer Corruption affects everyone, but women in developing countries often suffer the most.   All too often, women experience extortion and corruption at the hands of low-level public officials when it comes to the provision of public services. In many societies women do not enjoy the same

  • The Pains and Rewards of Constructive Engagement: Lessons Learned from a PTF-Supported Project in Cameroon

     By Pietronella van den Oever It is impossible not to come away with a big smile after meeting Asah Azefor and Beltus Atunsiri. Asah is the leader and Beltus is his deputy of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in the south-west Region of Cameroon, called ASYOUSED (Assembly of Youths for a

  • How Desperate Housewives of Khariar Successfully Fought Corruption

    By Vinay Bhargava, Chief Technical Adviser, Partnership for Transparency Fund Poor women in thousands of towns and villages of developing countries are routinely cheated out of basic benefits to which they are entitled under government programs – not because of too few resources, too little motivation, or too much pride

  • Insights from Transparency and Access to Information Projects in Argentina

    By Björn Wellenius, PTF adviser for Latin America & the Caribbean Key Findings: 10 PTF-supported projects in Argentina were recently reviewed confirming that small, short, one-off projects can make a difference even if they are barely a drop in the bucket of fighting corruption. Political will, stakeholder collaboration, and continuity

  • Learning from Unsatisfactory Results – Questions on Implementing Capacity

    By Willem Struben, PTF Adviser, and Colby Pacheco, PTF Program Manager Key Finding: Donors must be especially rigorous in identifying and assessing the implementing capacity of civil society organizations CSOs seeking support. There are many CSOs with a determination to improve governance in their countries, but do they have the

  • Strengthening Understanding of How Civil Society Contributes to Curbing Corruption

    By Roger Sullivan Workshops involving donors and CSO project implementers can yield solid outcomes when there is a common purpose and sharp focus. A PTF – ACT workshop in Kenya concluded with a bold “Vision of the Future” that encapsulates decisions on how to strengthen work by listing what CSOs

  • Securing Results in Anti-Corruption Projects

    Key Findings:  PTF’s chief technical advisor, Dr. Vinay Bhargava, highlights the importance in every project of clear results’ indicators that can be measured to determine that initiatives are indeed raising the quality of services for citizens. He examines and details the specific types of indicators that can show increased effectiveness

  • Pro-Active Project Planning – Serbian Example

    By Michael Lippe and Eluned Schweitzer Considerations of three PTF-supported projects in Serbia, all of which impacted sensitive political and judicial developments, highlighted the crucial need for sponsors (donors – in this case PTF) to pursue sound and substantial planning to provide an enhanced assurance of positive outcomes and a

  • Champions Can Be Essential to Project Success – Example Cameroon Education Projects

    By: Pietronella van den Oever. In seeking to enhance governmental transparency and accountability constructive engagement with public officials works much better than denouncing malpractice and confronting public officials, argues the author. Project experiences in Cameroon highlight the roles of champions – a person, or a group of people in official positions