Governance & Stabilization

Altai Consulting has developed innovative tools to design strategies and to measure the impact of development activities in the fields of media, elections, civil society and local governance that support the democracy & governance pillar in fragile states.

Recent projects

Initiative to Strengthen Local Administrations (ISLA) / Rapid Assessment of Provincial Administrations structure and financial capacity

The Initiative to Strengthen Local Administrations (ISLA) program is designed to strengthen sub-national governance systems in Afghanistan. ISLA’s overarching objective is to enable the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to improve provincial governance in areas of fiscal and development planning, representation of citizens, and enhanced delivery of public services. Altai Consulting was commissioned by USAID and Tetra Tech to conduct a provincial assessment of the sub-national governance structures in 2015. The provincial governance institutions are the primary institutions responsible for public service delivery, representation of citizens and coordination of development at the sub-national level. Responsibilities of the provincial governance structures have increased in the recent years and Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) is in the process of building capacity of these institutions. This research project included a rapid assessment in the 16 ISLA target provinces, with the aim of providing mapping information on the provincial governance structure and indicate the capacity of its institutions to undertake provincial planning and budgetary processes. The other objectives of the study was to review the processes through which citizens (most notably CSOs, NGOs, and youth and women groups) are represented by their provincial representatives, the ways provincial institutions communicate with the citizens, and the collection of data on provincial planning and budgeting performance.

District Level Representative Bodies Assessment

The District-Level Representative Body Assessment was commissioned to Altai by the British FCO. The study provides an analysis of the legal, technical, political and social dimensions of the present governance and service delivery actors at the district level in Afghanistan, specifically of District Development Assemblies (DDAs) and ASOP District Councils (DCs). This analysis was carried out in 8 Afghan Provinces / 24 Districts, with a view to inform Afghan and international decision-makers in the formation of singular, district-level representative bodies known as District Coordination Councils (DCCs).

Evaluation of the Impact of AKF / ACRPII on Subnational Governance

Altai Consulting was commissioned by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) to assess the impact of its initiatives on subnational governance (SNG) in Afghanistan Community Renewal Program, Phase II (ACRP II) supported areas in Bamyan and Baghlan. More specifically, the study examines the impact on SNG functionality, service delivery and conflict resolution. The study focuses on the impact on two categories of beneficiaries: government institutions and community-based governance institutions. Support to the latter builds off of the framework of two national programs, the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and the National Area Based Development Program (NABDP).

Evaluation of Stabilization Programs

The Nordic International Support Foundation has contracted Altai Consulting to supervise the baseline and endline assessment of its Stadium Reconstruction Program in Kismayo to understand the outcomes of the program in terms of social cohesion, economic growth, security and perceptions of the government in order to capture its broader impact on the stability of Kismayo. Altai’s support to building M&E processes and local research capabilities in the field of stabilization was then expanded to other projects in Lower Juba, Hiran, Middle Shabelle and Benadir and included a full review of the organization last phase of programming and a series of training programs for local research organizations and NIS staff.

High Frequency Survey

The World Bank commissioned Altai Consulting to develop the Mogadishu High Frequency Survey (MHFS). This survey vehicle will allow the World Bank and the Somali Ministry of Planning to collect  high frequency perception and socioeconomic data from IDPs and residents of Mogadishu, and to build a number of indicator such as the Consumer Price and Poverty Indices through the following components:

  • Quarterly household survey data to measure employment rates, wealth indicators, poverty indices and perceptions of government and access to services (1,500 households including 350 IDPs)
  • Weekly market survey data to compute consumer price indices (two markets/60 items/week)
  • Daily currency exchange rate survey (10 data points including formal and informal currency traders/data)

The project was based on the constitution of a statistically representative sample of the population of Mogadishu to inform the design of economic development plans and policies, and to enable the Federal Government of Somalia and the international community to have a clear picture of emerging developments and trends on the ground. Data was collected using electronic data collection devices through face-to-face interviews across the 16 districts of Mogadishu and was uploaded on real-time onto a secured web-based interface for stakeholders to access both automatic and customized analytics. Results were used to support public economic development and measure progress towards the realization of New Deal objectives on the ground.