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Governance Programming Framework

1 augustus 2011

The Governance Programming Framework (GPF) outlines a generic, high level ‘theory of change’ to guide and underpin CARE’s governance work: If citizens are empowered, if power-holders are effective, accountable and responsive, if spaces for negotiation are expanded, effective and inclusive, then sustainable and equitable development can be achieved. Change needs to take place and be sustained in all three domains to achieve this impact.

Governance Programming Framework (GPF)

This Governance Programming Framework (GPF) aims to assist CARE staff in conceptualizing and planning governance work. The theory of change (TOC) embodied by the GPF indicates the “domains of change” which are required to achieve equitable and sustainable development: If citizens are empowered, if power-holders are effective, accountable and responsive, if spaces for negotiation are expanded, effective and inclusive, then sustainable and equitable development can be achieved. Change needs to take place and be sustained in all three domains to achieve this impact. The GPF is represented in the figure below as a pyramid with three building blocks or domains of change at the base. The arrows represent the real world interactions between the three domains. The fourth building block (capstone) represents the impact achieved as a result of a change in these domains. The domains are broken down further into 14 more specific components or “dimensions of change”. The GPF applies to all levels; from local up to global.