SAVI as a programme does not directly work with state governments – but we work in close conjunction with sister programmes who are supporting state governments on governance and sector reforms. SAVI supports non-government and SHoA partners to play their part in promoting more responsive, inclusive and accountable state governance delivering better services for citizens.
Our focus is on constructive engagement. Through demonstration initiatives, we support non-government and SHoA partners to represent citizens in the state; build on existing commitment to reform in the state government; develop good working relationships with government staff; make informed and practical contributions to state government policy, planning and budgeting processes; and serve as a valuable and valued partner to the state government. These initiatives demonstrate, through experience, ways of working that help the state government be more responsive, inclusive and accountable to state citizens.
The overall aim is to facilitate and support working relationships and processes of reform that are home-grown, self-sustaining and, after initial demonstration, self-replicating without need of external support.