In a participatory and responsible democracy, local and national institutions must be accountable and accessible to citizens. Citizens and civil society organizations need the knowledge, skills and capacity to effectively engage with their government institutions. Conversely, Creative works with local governments; assisting them in effectively responding to the diverse and often conflicting demands of civil society.
Creative’s governance and community resilience team has expertise including building capacity of civil society organizations, community participation and mobilization, and government accountability, responsiveness and transparency. Creative builds the capacities of governments to lead in partnership with communities—to carry out participatory planning and budgeting, and transparent procurement processes; provide citizen-friendly services and access to information; and to create innovative public-private partnerships.
Collaboration and strong citizen advocacy foster stronger democratic governments and the enabling environment for economic growth. Better services and cooperative linkages build trust in government, and increase the willingness of citizens to pay taxes and fees for services. In the process, Creative builds resilience by strengthening government and communities to work together to better withstand and respond to threats to peace and security—whether from insurgents, crime and violence, corruption, or natural disasters.
Creative’s methodologies emphasize working at the grass roots level while improving coordination and communication at all governing levels. Creative has decades of experience helping civil society organizations become more effective advocates, especially those whose voices are frequently absent in public discourse: youth, women and other vulnerable populations. Creative has pioneered new approaches to working at the community and municipal levels to address issues facing at-risk youth, including gang violence. More recently Creative has advanced new methodologies that bring community and local government together under a shared responsibility-shared success framework.
Creative’s scalable and replicable methodology engages local partners, including municipal authorities, CSOs, religious leaders, the private sector, local police and judicial actors. Creative also works with CSOs to increase their own financial and institutional capabilities. Through training and grant assistance in areas such as media, public advocacy, rule of law and human rights, Creative has helped innumerable CSOs become vibrant, sustainable forces of change within their communities. Simultaneously, Creative works with local and municipal entities to improve their capacity to deliver basic services and to govern transparently and accountably by providing them with up-to-date tools and training in financial management and fiscal responsibility.