Mission: To assist developing countries' civil societies play an active, independent and effective role in the design, implementation and monitoring of anti-corruption programs.
Programs: Grants - ptf engages a network of expert advisors to work with civil society organizations (cso) partners and regional affiliates on good governance program and project design, program evaluation and grant management and to provide general coaching and mentoring. Our advisers have specialized skills in such areas as good governance programs, public accounting, procurement procedures, performance evaluation, health, education and infrastructure. Thus, the activities of ptf have evolved over time. By 2017 technical assistance and advisory services had become its core. Pro bono contributions to its work by international development experts included over 3,700 hours in 2017. As part of this overall effort, selected csos organizations receive small grants ($25,000 - $40,000) for projects that are results-oriented, time-bound (typically 12-18 months) and evaluated on completion. Ptf will only support projects that (1) will have a direct and sustainable impact on reducing corruption, (2) as far as possible have a measurable and sustainable outcome and (3) involve direct interaction with public agencies. Ptf is working increasingly in collaboration with local and regional partners, and less as a grant provider and more as a knowledge facilitator. Ptf's most successful activities include the citizen action program (cap) in uganda, involving the use of modern information technology to capture and report citizens' experiences of corruption in the health sector, and the program of citizen action for results, transparency and accountability (carta) in nepal and bangladesh, involving independent citizen review of world bank-financed projects in those countries.
Corruption undermines the fight against poverty. In India for example the corruption in the Public Distribution System that provides rations to the poor has seen some of the poor missing out on almost half of what they are entitled to because of corruption. The charity has helped change this resulting in some of the poor going from getting around 60% of their rations to 100% that is a real difference for those people. This benefit and others was achieved for about 90 cents per person.
The charity demands self-evaluations from the partners they support. They conduct their own evaluations and independent reviews like from the UK aid agency has given them very positive reviews.