Our approach to
Empowerment and Accountability

We are piloting a new approach to identifying and supporting our partners.  This breaks with convention in many ways in order to improve impact. Our approach is summarized in the Introduction to SAVI’s way of working.

We have broken our approach down into key components – depicted in the form of our ‘knowledge tree’ – to make it accessible, useful and adaptable. Each component is described in detail in an Approach Paper.

Our knowledge tree

Like a real tree, the trunk and branches of the programme grow from the bottom up starting from the roots. The roots are our core values which inform everything that we do. The trunk is made up of four strong inter-locking processes that support each other and all other aspects of the programme. The branches on the left are SAVI’s working relationships with partners. The branches on the right focus on internal programme management and relations with our funder.

We’re still busy writing these Approach Papers. You will find the ones ready for sharing are underlined.


The SAVI programme came to an end in April 2016. The same management team are now implementing the follow-up programme, the Engaged Citizens Pillar of the new DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) programme in Nigeria, which started in May 2016. This programme will take a similar approach to SAVI, and this SAVI website will link to the PERL website as soon as it is established.