What Role Can Funder Collaboratives Play in Advancing Social Good? Introducing the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s New Approach

April 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 12:30-2:00PM | J6-050 | 701 18th St. NW

Visitors must email GPSA@worldbank.org to request a Visitors Pass by April 25, 11AM (EST).

Michael Jarvis
Executive Director, T/AI

Michel Maellberg
Senior Public Sector Specialist, Governance Practice, World Bank

Gertrude Mugizi
Head of Regional Learning Programme, Public Service Accountability Monitor, Rhodes University

Maria Poli
Senior Advisor and Coordinator, Capacity & Implementation Support

Jeff Thindwa
GPSA Program Manager, World Bank

The Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) is a donor collaborative working to empower citizens to hold their governing institutions to account. They recently conducted a strategic refresh, focusing their energies on four thematic areas: data use for accountability, taxation and tax governance, strengthening of civic space, and learning for improved grant making. TAI donor members, including the Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, the UK’s Department for International Development, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations, have reaffirmed their commitment to an aligned approach to tackle these complex challenges.

Such collaboration on the funder end should better enable learning and innovation on the ground. As TAI shifts gears from strategy into implementation, how can their work support civil society organizations (CSOs) on the frontlines? Furthermore, how can lessons from practitioners and researchers best inform approaches on the priority themes shared by funders? In this BBL, Michael Jarvis, TAI’s Executive Director, will present the collaborative’s new strategy and focus areas with a view to sparking a conversation around how funders can best support the critical role CSOs and the Global Partnership for Social Accountability play in helping build a more just, equitable, and inclusive society around the world.


Michael Jarvis joined TAI after almost two decades working on different aspects of the global good governance and development agenda. He has led the development of TAI’s new strategy and approach, and directs engagement across the new priorities for the donor members. Prior to joining TAI in 2016, Michael was the Global Lead for Extractives Governance within the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice. He led the institution’s programming to reinforce knowledge, learning and innovative approaches to strengthening good governance in the critical oil, gas and mining sectors. Overall, Michael worked over ten years with the World Bank in a variety of roles relating to anti corruption, private sector partnerships for development, and multi-stakeholder governance. This included a focus on contracting issues through which he helped shepherd development of a new global initiative on Open Contracting to promote better outcomes from the estimated $9.5 trillion in public-private contracts globally.Michael previously worked on industry codes of conduct and as a consultant on corporate responsibility and transparency issues, including a focus on the agribusiness, chemical and defense industries. Michael has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University.

Michel Maellberg, a Norwegian national, is Senior Public Sector Specialist in the World Bank Group’s Global Governance Practice (GGP) since 2013. He is currently working as the GGP focal point in the Mali CMU and is the TTL for investment operations, DPOs and ASA supporting public sector and governance reforms. In this position, he has led innovative work in some of the poorest and most fragile countries in the world particularly in the areas of public financial management expenditure management, revenue mobilization, public investment management, service delivery, transparency and accountability, human resources management, public administration and sector governance. Prior to joining the World Bank, Michel worked for nine years as a chief macro-economist at the African Development Bank in charge of operational work supporting public sector, governance, economic and financial reforms in North, East and Southern Africa. Michel has advanced degrees from the Norwegian School of Economics, HEC-Paris, The Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the doctoral school of Sciences-Po, Paris.

Gertrude Mugizi was born in Tanzania and grew up in several African countries. She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. She held several positions in the private sector, development agencies and research institutions before she was hired by a loose coalition of NGOs interested in policy advocacy to set up and coordinate what eventually became Policy Forum Tanzania. She held a chief executive position there for five and a half years after which she joined the PSAM.

Maria Poli currently serves as GPSA's Capacity-Building Coordinator, from where she leads the delivery of implementation support to GPSA grantees and government counterparts. She has also coordinated the technical review and selection process for the GPSA's three Global Calls for Proposals, and helped to set up the Program's operations and social accountability approach. Prior to this, she supported the implementation of the WB's Governance and Anti-corruption (GAC) strategy in core public sector and sectorial reforms in the Latin America and Caribbean region, including in social protection, health, education, W&S, energy and transport operations. Before joining the WB, she worked for ten years with CSOs in South America, the Caribbean and Central America doing public policy advocacy and organizing multi-stakeholder coalitions for government transparency and accountability; she was elected vice-chair of the Social Forum for Transparency (Argentina), and also worked in the public sector in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Maria is a Fulbright fellow, and holds a master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University, a postgraduate degree in Civil Society Studies (San Andres and Di Tella Universities' joint degree, Argentina), and a B.A. in International Relations (Argentina).

Jeff Thindwa is currently the Program Manager for the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) in the Governance Global Practice at the World Bank. Previously, he was Practice Manager for Open and Collaborative Governance. During his 17 years at the World Bank, he has held numerous positions in the fields of social accountability and governance, and his experience includes government, private sector and civil society. He joined the World Bank in 2000 as Senior Social Development Specialist, and later led the Participation and Civic Engagement Cluster in the Social Development Department, integrating social accountability mechanisms and stakeholder participation in the Bank’s operations, and undertaking analytical work on the enabling environment reforms for civil society organizations. In 2009 he joined the Bank’s South Asia Region where he worked with operations teams and managed the “Program on Accountability” in Nepal, a grant making and capacity building program. In 2010, Jeff joined the World Bank Institute as Team Leader for the Social Accountability Cluster, becoming its Manager in 2012.