SAVI, is seeking to support processes of citizen engagement in governance in ways that are effective in influencing reform, and that are able to take on a life of their own without continuing donor support. SAVI is also an adaptive programme, putting learning and adaptation at the centre of all decision-making. Money is used and managed to facilitate both of these objectives:
- Support to partners: SAVI aims to use its funding to support, rather than to drive and incentivise, citizen engagement in governance. To this end, we invest in in-house state teams who play a behind-the-scenes facilitation role. State teams support local partners – citizens, groups representing citizens, media personnel and organisations and State House of Assembly politicians – to shape change in their state. SAVI support is provided not through grants, but through hands-on mentoring, capacity building, relationship brokering and financial contributions to partners’ activities on a diminishing basis.
- Financial management systems: allow space for staff and partners to respond to opportunity and momentum and learn by doing, whilst at the same time ensuring accountability, value for money and effective management of risk for DFID.