The Netherlands – Strategic Governance and Corruption Assessment (SGACA) – CRU (2008)


Governance and corruption have become important focuses in development outcomes, however, despite these efforts donor’s ability to strengthen governance systems and counter corruption has been minimal. The Strategic Governance and Corruption Analysis (SGACA) has been designed as a tool to enhance the process of analysis of the governance climate in recipient countries. SGACA promotes a more strategic approach to analysing the potential for governance and anti-corruption work. By doing so, SGACA can help understand why donors have typically failed to overcome corruption and governance challenges. Instead of focusing on traditional institutional models, SGACA highlights the importance of the local environment and stresses the need to emphasise attention on the incentives of political actors within a corruption context. SGACA is structured into four components:

  1. Track Record: part of the Embassy’s standard monitoring work and serves as a basis for the Power and Change analysis.
  2. A Power and Change analysis: donors are encouraged to work with a local consultant to deliver a synthesis report.
  3. A Workshop: split into two days, day 1 is planned as an internal exercise and day 2 should focus on designing an appropriate donor strategy.
  4. Strategic Choices: present policy choices regarding the governance and anti-corruption strategy based on the findings.