Open Society Institute Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative

LGI And Its Mission
March 29, 2010

One of the most challenging issues facing open society in the transition region of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as the new countries covered by Open Society Institute, is effective, democratic governance. Established in 1997, LGI supports the OSI mission by working to promote democratic and effective local government and public administration, and by advancing policy analysis as a tool for decision making in public affairs. LGI supports governmental reform, in collaboration with its civil society partners, by monitoring and benchmarking government performance on the one hand and providing analytical and technical support to government on the other.

While LGI works primarily in the transition countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, it has now expanded its area of activity. Currently we support projects in Latin America, South East Asia and West Africa. In Peru we work with subnational governments to identify and mitigate the effects of the resource curse through increased transparency and improved participatory and social development planning. A similar project is under way in Indonesia's newest oil field in North East Java. We implement these projects in a strategic partnership with the Revenue Watch Institute which has experience with resource curse issues at the national level. In West Africa we train 200 NGO activitst in policy advocacy while certifying a core group of trainers in a ToT scheme which will further serve the region's capacity building needs. This project is in collaboration with the Open Society Institute West Africa.
Contact details:
Address: P.O. Box 519, 1397 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-882-3123
Fax: +36-1-882-3105