Advancing innovative citizen-led approaches to improve governance, increase transparency, promote the rule of law and reduce corruption in developing and emerging countries.
PTF is a pioneering and innovative organization. We mobilize expertise and resources to provide advice and small grants to civil society organizations (CSOs) that engage citizens in actions to improve governance, increase transparency and reduce corruption in developing countries. Our goal is to pilot and scale-up innovative approaches and tools that reduce corruption and improve governance. Throughout the project cycle we seek to draw lessons from these experiences and share the resulting knowledge widely to advance a culture of transparency around the world.
PTF only supports projects that are action oriented and directly address well identified governance and corruption problems through interaction between citizens and their governments. Over 15 years of operation, this approach has helped our partner CSOs create new models for constructive citizen engagement. Most of our completed projects have been independently evaluated. Overwhelmingly they have been deemed successful and replicable.
Theory of Change
How We Work
Organizations receive small grants ($25,000 – $40,000) for projects that are results-oriented, time-bound (typically 12-18 months) and evaluated on completion. PTF will only support projects that (1) will have a direct and sustainable impact on reducing corruption, (2) as far as possible have a measurable and sustainable outcome and (3) involve direct interaction with public agencies.
Provide Technical Support
PTF engages a network of expert advisers, most of them volunteer, to work with CSO grantees on project design and grant management as well as providing general coaching and mentoring. Our advisers have specialized skills in such areas as good governance programs, public accounting, procurement procedures, performance evaluation, health, education and infrastructure.
We share the knowledge gained from the more than 220 projects we’ve supported to enhance governance, counter corruption and innovate to improve service delivery. We do this by holding events, publishing print material, and participating in coalitions.