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.

Transformational Governance

Creative's approach to transformational governance aims to rebuild trust among actors in a governing system. Beyond improving service delivery, Creative helps to establish new relationships and recalibrate responsibilities between local governments and civil society with the goal of supporting societies to move beyond recovery to true resilience and growth. Watch Video

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.



    Housing crisis places Lagos at crossroads between fragility and resilience

    Lagos is a model of urban resilience but one facing serious threats of fragility – that is, vulnerability to conflict, violence, and human suffering. Governance experts Pauline H. Baker and Maggie Proctor explore this dilemma in this blog. Learn More...

    To foster state resilience, focus on transformational governance

    The “Reframing Fragility and Resilience” series provides fresh insight into the relationship between fragility and resilience, and the way forward for dealing with fragile states. Governance practitioner Maggie Proctor presents the key findings. Learn More...

    Reframing Fragility and Resilience Series

    This five-part series on Fragility and Resilience by Pauline Baker, President Emeritus of the Fund for Peace, examines complex dynamics in fragile states and factors that can both promote and counteract resilience in societies and governance systems. Learn More...

    Sign Up

    For our mailing list