With AGO the term good governance is often assured the corruption and mismanagement are minimized, the views of communities (especially youth) are taken into account, the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making and women´s rights are equally guaranteed. AGO on the Good Governance programming has four main priorities, which are

1. Priority One: Develop the capacities of local authorities, CSOs, and communities working in partnership to formulate and implement local development plans and solve local issues, AGO focus on:

  • Capacity development of local authorities focused on the effectiveness of their practices (public administration, participatory budget allocation, participatory action planning, community needs identification).
  • Capacity building of CSOs focused on the ability to play an active role in the decision-making (ability to bring its expertise and seek solutions).
  • Awareness rising and education activities focused on increasing understanding of the role of active citizenship.
  • Support partnerships between the authorities and communities through community-based bodies established for community development (such as Advisory Committees or Community Councils).
  • Facilitation in the formulation of local development plans through public hearings and consultations and regular meetings of community-based bodies.
  • Financial and technical support for the implementation of local development projects including development plans.
    1. Priority two: Increasing transparency of local decision-making through the support of concrete accountability Mechanisms AGO focus on:
    2. Capacity development of local authorities focused on accountability and transparency of their practices (complaint mechanism, public audits, monitoring and evaluations, financial accountability, information dissemination)
    3. Facilitation and long-term support of local authorities in the introduction and institutionalization of new accountability mechanisms
    4. Capacity development of CSOs focused on monitoring and evaluation of local decisions
    5. Awareness-raising activities focused on increasing understanding of the transparent decision-making processes.
      1. Priority three: Increasing the capacities of CSOs and governments to cooperate and act together within policymaking processes and policy implementation.
      • Support assessments of key issues for policy and legal frameworks (new policy or amendment), and power/stakeholder analysis.
      • Support multi-stakeholder dialog
      • Support joint advocacy efforts on the national level focused on strengthening the process of decentralization in order to allow local stakeholders to make decisions on a local level
      • Capacity development to use the expertise and results-based evidence for policy making
      • Capacity development on monitoring and evaluation of policy implementation
      1. Priority four: Strengthening CSOs to perform their roles as independent actors and advocate the needs of their communities, including marginalized and vulnerable groups.
      • Tailor-made capacity development programs in different areas based on capacity assessment (organizational, advocacy, technical)
      • Facilitation of preparation and implementation of advocacy plans.
      • Grant competition for civil society groups (such as support of pilot projects focused on innovative approaches for effective advocacy)
      • Support dissemination and advocacy of well-proven approaches (influence of policy-making or policy implementation)
      • Exchange visits and experience sharing between countries and partners
      • Support of networks and alliances for joint advocacy on the national level
      • Across all AGO´s Good Governance activities special attention will be paid to gender equality and the integration of vulnerable groups into the decision-making process. To achieve this, a specific emphasis will be put on:
        Formative research of key barriers for women’s and vulnerable group’s leadership and participation in the local agenda
        Capacity and skills development of women leaders, women´s groups, and movements (in leadership, advocacy, management, and gender equality) Capacity development and support of CSOs advocating the needs of vulnerable groups and Support experience sharing between CSOs.