Good governance is the fulfilment of the contract between citizens and their government. It occurs when governments respond to their people’s needs and aspirations. It requires structures that promote accountability, such as free and fair elections. It requires cultural norms that uphold a state that serves and protects all its people, such as independence within the civil service or the right to express opposing views. Importantly, it requires capacity within government to deliver on the demands placed upon it.
Africa’s leaders face enormous challenges. Structural and cultural elements that promote good governance are often weak. They face pressure to simultaneously improve security, education, healthcare, and the economy; all with constrained capacity and resources. Even the most inspirational leaders can find that expectations outstrip the capability of government to meet them.
Wasafiri helps African governments effectively fulfil their mandate to govern. We help governments identify realistic priorities, plan effectively and then execute. Our consultants have taken coaching roles with top-level leaders, facilitated strategy development, or been embedded as advisors within key Ministries. We have helped establish systems for monitoring performance and impact.
Wasafiri also helps civil society and the private sector productively engage governments, to ensure public investments or policy reforms are responding to the priorities of the people and organisations they should benefit.