Centre for Good Governance

Local women from Chin State in Myanmar wearing traditional garb

Cardno is facilitating effective engagement between civil society, government and other stakeholders to promote more inclusive, and responsive public institutions, policies and practices in Myanmar.

The Centre for Good Governance (CGG) is a £5.4 million Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded programme which forms one of four components of the UK Local Governance Support programme. The CGG intends to build consensus, openness, effectiveness and inclusion in Myanmar’s local governance system by acting as an incubator and catalyst for understanding problems around local governance, testing and brokering approaches and generating learning. CGG is focussed in Bago region and Kayah state, as well as at national level. Cardno is proud to be contributing to this process through our work managing the CGG.

Inclusive and accountable local governance institutions are critical for both effective service delivery and the deepening of democracy and stability. The CGG works with a range of stakeholders, including government, civil society and citizens, to contribute to more inclusive and responsive public institutions, policies and practices in Myanmar.

With the CGG, Cardno is identifying and testing new ways to bring citizens, local authorities and other parties together, to influence local governance related ways of working and platforms for engagement in the following key areas: 

  • local governance systems and processes 
  • constructive engagement of civil society 
  • inclusion of marginalised groups in governance processes

The CGG is a flexible and adaptive facility that supports creative and locally driven initiatives. It develops and implements pilots to test different approaches to improving local governance, to generate learning and evidence, and understand what works and what does not, when it comes to creating space for civic engagement and accountability, and supporting the transition to more inclusive and responsive ways of working.

CGG has been working on understanding local governance issues, testing new approaches that may catalyse systemic change, providing policy support on key reforms, and brokering conversations and learnings on possible solutions to support progressive change. To date, CGG has operated with significant openness on where problems and opportunities in local governance lie. As Facility Manager, Cardno is coordinating the strategic engagement with key stakeholders, using a flexible and adaptive approach to respond to opportunities and analyse specific scenarios to promote evidence-based programming and continuous learning.