This support helps leaders to bridge the gap between their vision for a better future and their governments’ ability to implement it. The advisors we fund work with political leaders and public officials to develop the skills, systems and structures that they need to get things done and meet the expectations of their citizens. They focus on three fundamental processes that need to work for implementation of reforms to succeed: prioritisation, so efforts are focused on a clear set of tangible goals; planning, so that it’s clear how to reach those goals; and performance management, to keep everything moving. The work we support is:
- Shoulder-to-shoulder and leader-to-leader: We fund advisors based full-time in our partner countries on a long term basis to work alongside local public servants. This is complemented at the leadership level by the work of Tony Blair and a network of other international senior advisors and experts who share experiences and advice with the leaders
- Focused on the Presidential and Prime Ministerial level because if the system at the centre doesn’t work political leaders can’t drive delivery
- Tailored in approach to specific national needs. There is no off-the-shelf system that will work everywhere. Context matters.