Effective governance policies empower individuals to live in dignity and freedom. Good governance and human rights are mutually reinforcing and based on core principles of participation, accountability, transparency and state responsibility. Enjoyment of human rights by all rights holders requires a conducive and enabling environment. Inclusive societies provide equal access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (SDG 16). Good governance includes mechanisms for appropriate regulations, institutions and procedures in the way society is governed. While human rights empower people, they cannot be respected and protected in a sustainable manner without good governance. Relevant laws, political, managerial and administrative processes and institutions are needed to respond to the rights and needs of populations.

PEM's work spans governance, human rights, and civil society related issues in diverse settings, including post-conflict to low, middle-income and high-income developing countries. As governance institutions and processes evolve over time, our approach is also dynamic, considering knowledge-sharing, institutional learning, and keeping abreast of ever-shifting local contexts.

Main areas of expertise:

  • Formulations, appraisals, reviews, and evaluations of governance programmes (e.g., financial, democratic governance, decentralisation, civil society and participation mechanisms)

  • Organisational and institutional analysis

  • Development of governance indicators and diagnostics frameworks

  • Results frameworks and monitoring of governance programmes

  • Institutional capacity development