Letter from the CEO

12th December 2016

AGI’s CEO, Nick Thompson has written to AGI stakeholders to tell them about changes at AGI. His letter explained that AGI’s Trustees have taken the decision to wind down the charity in 2017, and for staff to transition into the newly created not-for-profit the Tony Blair Institute, to improve and increase our impact.

You can read the text of the letter here:


Dear Friend,

I’m writing to let you know about an exciting development for AGI.

Over the last few months our Board of Trustees have been in discussion with our Patron, the Rt Hon. Tony Blair, about his plans to bring his activities under one roof in order to create a new, stronger and bolder not for profit organisation. As a result, I am delighted to say that from early 2017 AGI’s work will transition into and form part of the new not for profit institute that Mr Blair announced yesterday. 

In practical terms, this means that the charity will be wound down over the first half of 2017, whilst supporting the activities of the new not for profit. I would like to reassure you that our day-to-day work will continue. As Mr Blair said, this move is designed to enable us to take our work to the next level, albeit under a new organisational structure.

Under the new Institute, we will strengthen and deepen our work with current partner governments, support others in Africa and beyond with the challenges of effective government, and bring insights from our work to bear in the wider development community.

I hope too that the move into a new organisation, with access to added expertise and networks, will provide new opportunities for our government partners, our funders and supporters, and not least our dedicated staff through longer and more varied careers.

“Change is the only constant” has long been an article of faith in AGI. Through flexibility and adaptability – and learning a lot of lessons quickly – in the last eight years we have worked with leaders serving almost half a billion people in ten countries across East and West Africa. Our commitment to our mission to make government work for the world’s poorest people remains as strong as ever as we move into a new organisation.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Board of Trustees in particular, who have been a great source of guidance and support through these discussions and who will continue to oversee the charity until the point of closure later in 2017.

I will be in touch again in the New Year, when we have a firm timetable for the transition of AGI’s staff and activities. In the meantime, should you have any questions about any aspect of the move, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

All best wishes,

Nick Thompson