Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide

Democratic and Accountable Government

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Effective public institutions are essential for societies to be safe, free and prosperous. The process of governing must be more transparent, accountable and inclusive in order to achieve fairness and equity.

Why It Matters

An active, knowledgeable citizenry is critical to strengthening democratic practice and securing social justice.

The Focus of Our Work

All of our work supports efforts that help people become participants in the decisions that have an impact on their lives. We do this primarily by supporting robust and inclusive civic organizations that bring diverse people together and give them a voice in the democratic process.

Our global work focuses on strengthening the right of people to assemble and advocate and on promoting greater government transparency and accountability on issues ranging from public spending to the reform of key global institutions that govern the flow of resources.

In the United States, we also focus on reforms that protect every individual's right to participation in the political process, including ensuring an accurate census count, fair redistricting and full access to voting.

Grants 2015
Initiative Approved* No. of Grants Avg. Grant*
Total $13,554,800 44 $308,064
Increasing Civic and Political Participation 3,865 8 483,125
Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation 1,650 6 275,000
Promoting Transparent, Effective and Accountable Government 3,340 12 278,333
Strengthening Civil Society and Philanthropy 4,700 18 261,100
*US $ In Thousands

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