Partnership for Transparency
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Basic Information

Organization Name:
Partnership for Transparency
Organization Regions:
  • Global
  • Organization Country Location:
    United States
  • Organization City/Locality:
    Washington, DC
Operating Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
Organization mission and work description:

Our mission is to advance citizen-led approaches to improve governance, increase transparency, promote the rule of law and reduce corruption in developing and emerging countries. We strengthen local civil society organizations (CSOs) to constructively engage authorities. We provide technical assistance, networking, knowledge & learning, and strategic advice to local CSOs, peer organizations and multilateral development banks seeking to engage citizen for accountable, sustainable development.

Organization's Contacts

  • Primary Contact Name:
    Rachel Ansley
  • Primary Contact Title:
    Communications Manager
Additional Contacts Names:
  • Additional representative #1:
    Samuel Stalls
  • Additional representative #2:
    Vinay Bhargava
  • Additional representative #3:
  • Additional representative #4:


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Organization's Work & Expertise

Organization's SGD16 Expertise:
  • 16.3 - Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.5 - Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • 16.6 - Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
Organization's Areas of Expertise:
  • Accountability for the 2030 Agenda
  • Policy Analysis & Advocacy
  • SDG Data and Indicators
  • Public mobilization & Campaigns
  • Capacity building/CSO training & education

Current Commitment to SDG16+

Summary of commitment:

PTF will draw on its experience in capacity building work, strengths in knowledge and learning, relationships with organizations in the TAP field, and understanding of multilateral development banks to promote and enhance the role of civil society in achieving SDG 16 through knowledge products, events, and conferences that showcase the value-added our civil society partners bring to development work.

Organization's priorities and work in relation to commitment:

• Continuing support for CSOs as third-party monitors of government-implemented COVID-19 response programs, helping to ensure transparency and accountability in pandemic response • A new program of vaccine monitoring projects, building upon lessons learned in the first phase of pandemic response projects • A variety of programs focused on education, gender equality, and climate change which will work with local civil society groups to catalyze community engagement to address key issues in these sectors • CSO capacity-building programs focused on monitoring public procurement and transferring the skills needed for local civil society to track deals and hold government to account • Development of new tools and technologies to achieve this work; tools developed and implemented by CSO partners, with PTF’s technical advice • Research analysis of lessons learned in interventions to enhance local governance, compiled into a report for distribution and discussion • A similar report detailing lessons learned and value added of CSO involvement in public health promotion, intervention, and monitoring exercises • Organization of events (either virtual or in-person, when possible) to gather a variety of perspectives in this field and facilitate discussion to amplify the value of findings

Organization's work related to TAP network's SGD16+ work & accountability for 2030 Agenda:

The TAP Network focuses primarily on civil society capacity building to achieve SDG16, with a focus on both action and accountability. Working with civil society to advance approaches designed by partners on the ground remains the cornerstone of PTF’s operations. Each of PTF’s projects from its inception has been premised on the understanding that change is driven by local actors. This fits with the TAP Network’s approach. In addition, the focus on developing tools and resources provides a key opportunity for PTF support. Over the years, PTF has developed a number of knowledge products—both short-form and long-form—as well as a full toolbox of capabilities that can be used to assist CSO capacity-building initiatives. For example, PTF has developed in-house resources such as a stakeholder mapping tool that can be shared with partners to facilitate their project-planning processes. PTF is also working with two distinct CSOs who have developed procurement monitoring technologies, and by virtue of these connections PTF can not only network between international organizations but work with our partners to share the new best practices on a global scale, thereby enhancing their impact. With regard to in-country capacity building, PTF has worked closely with a number of CSO partners to implement projects with a “training of trainers” model. PTF works with local CSOs, providing technical advise and assistance as needed, to enhance their capacity to conduct trainings in their communities on a range of topics, depending upon the project focus. Beneficiaries of this first training are then deployed to train community members on the relevant topic. For example, in India, health workers were trained on key public health best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These individuals then went into their communities to share these messages. A similar training-based program is underway in Moldova, where our CSO partner will train fellow civil society organizations and journalists to monitor public procurement. At the conclusion of the training, participants will be given the chance to win sub-grants which they will use to apply these trainings. PTF’s depth of training and capacity building experience relate to TAP’s focus on empowering civil society to achieve SDG16, and can be leveraged to further this aim. PTF has the experience and resources to support the TAP Network’s approach to SDG16 and Agenda 2030, which can be leveraged and shared in the form of joint initiatives, knowledge sharing, and public convenings. In particular, PTF could contribute findings and analysis to future written products similar to the SDG16 Toolkit or SDG Accountability Handbook. Beyond PTF’s own work, our greatest resources are our civil society partners. More and more we strive to amplify their voices by sharing their stories. They are able to provide a unique and authentic perspective on the work which has been done to achieve SDG16, and the work that must still be done. PTF’s CSO partners have participated in public events and contributed to written content, and we hope to continue to find new and innovative platforms that allow them to speak out on these key issues.

Plan on engaging in TAP's work as a Partner:
  • Regional Engagement Platforms and/or Regional Focal Point
  • Thematic Working Groups
  • Substantive contribution to any TAP Network resources or advocacy materials
  • Interest in leadership/coordination opportunities within the TAP Network
  • Exploring partnerships with like-minded organizations
  • Global engagement via the UN and other opportunities
  • Exploring opportunities for hosting TAP Network national or regional-level capacity building activities


Voices of SDG 16+: Stories of Global Action

Reports on Organization's Past Commitments

PTF’s large network of CSO partners, repository of 20 years of anti-corruption projects, strong relationship with MDBs, and unique structure as a volunteer-led organization (mostly former MDB staff), position it well to advance the vision of civil society as a key development partner in achieving SDG 16. PTF will draw on its experience in capacity building work, strengths in knowledge and learning, relationships with organizations in the TAP field, and understanding of multilateral development banks to promote and enhance the role of civil society in achieving SDG 16 through knowledge products, events, and conferences that showcase the value-added our civil society partners bring to development work.