Establishing good governance practices to benefit millions
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Governance is more than just a sector—it is a way of thinking about how change occurs. Abt’s governance approach is to invest in local networks, integrate real-time, high quality contextual analysis and concentrate on politically possible approaches and solutions. We know that the success of development programs is dependent upon the state of governance in the countries where we work.

Diana R. Silimperi, MD
Vice President, International Health Division

The Latest Thinking in Governance

The World Development Report Is Powerful – but Is It Memorable?

What does the 2017 World Development Report on Governance and the Law say about governance, politics and power? Graham Teskey, Principal Technical Lead for Governance, shares his opinion on how the power of the WDR lies in its potential to simplify reality.
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Institutions: Can Development Wait that Long?

Abt’s Bold Thinkers Series convenes thought leaders to share forward-looking perspectives in the areas of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. On March 2, 2017 we will host our sixth event in the series, which will bring together experts in governance to discuss transparency, accountability, and thinking & working politically. It will be hosted at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

Tiernan Mennen, Vice President, Governance, will speak at the 18th Annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, March 20-24 in Washington, D.C. He will present on the resource curse and on land disputes in Sri Lanka.
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Featured Project Work

Working Across Sectors in Tanzania

The USAID-funded Tanzania PS3 project improves the delivery of services across all sectors by strengthening both national and local public systems. It also and implements activities to address five key systems components including: governance and citizen engagement; and operations research.

Increasing Productivity in Indonesia

As part of KOMPAK, (an Australia-Indonesia Government partnership,) Abt supported the “Cross Sector Harmonization on Basic Services at the Sub-District Level” meeting. It brought leaders in the Indonesian Ministry of Health together with other government officials to discuss the provision of basic health services for the citizens.

Transitioning HIV Funding in Namibia

The Abt-led, USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project is working to enhance the capacity of the Namibian government to sustain the multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS response. HFG also works to strengthen health systems in 40 countries and is working to improve the use of key health finance and costing data for decision making.

HSS: Marshalling the Evidence

Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) is an international priority for Abt and is a critical part of our health governance practice. The HFG project will be assembling a meeting on health governance in Washington, D.C. in June and will be publishing a quality improvement casebook in the fall of 2017. 

New Faces

Tiernan Mennen joins Abt as its new Vice President of Governance, bringing over 15 years of international development experience in governance, land and resource rights, and rule of law. Most recently, Tiernan served in Sri Lanka as the COP on a USAID-funded Civil Society and Rule of Law Program. Follow Tiernan on Twitter @tiernanmennenRead More →
Scott Hefter has been named Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, where he oversees business development, reputational capital and knowledge management, and marketing and communications strategy. Scott has held senior positions at PRTM, PWC and BCG. Read More →

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