We Are A Collaborative

TAI members are leading funders of transparency, accountability and participation efforts worldwide. We are committed to building a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

We envision a society where

CITIZENS ARE INFORMED AND EMPOWERED
GOVERNMENTS ARE OPEN AND RESPONSIVE
PUBLIC GOOD IS ENHANCED THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
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PRIORITIES

We help donor members work together to improve grant making practice and boost collective impact around the following four areas:
OUR MODEL

MEMBERS

Our members - both private foundations and public funders - recognize that governance challenges are complex and cross-cutting. They warrant a collaborative approach. TAI donors work together to strengthen accountability around the world. Learn more about each member below.
BECOMING A MEMBER

Strategy

It’s only when people become aware, have pathways for action, and engage, that governments are held in account. Our three interconnected strategies focus on expanded participation, equitable resources and powerful engagement.

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Featured Project

Ford Foundation provides grant support to CIVICUS, an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout that is rooted in community engagement.

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Strategy

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm that seeks to strengthen the relationship between citizens and their governments. Our work draws on the principles of openness and participation, and favors solutions that leverage technology.

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Featured Project

Omidyar Network provided Connected Development with a grant for its Follow the Money initiative, which tracks government spending, appropriations and international aid disbursements intended for Nigerian communities. Read more in their Big Stories From Rural Communities report.

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Strategy

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

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Featured Project

The Fiscal Governance program supports Open Contracting Partnership – a multistakeholder action network working to embed a new norm of disclosure and participation in public contracting around the world. The grant supports the full range of the Partnership’s work from advocacy to country reform implementation to building the evidence base on the benefits of open contracting.

Strategy

Our grantmaking supports citizen empowerment and engagement by creating the conditions for organized citizens to be heard and help build more responsive governments.

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Featured Project

The Hewlett Foundation grant to Oxfam America supports research into gender biases in transparency and accountability mechanisms for the oil, gas, mining sectors. Read more in Gender and Social Accountability – Ensuring women’s inclusion in citizen led accountability programming in the extractive industries.

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ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

FUNDING

TAI is not a grant-making organization itself – we are focused on enabling smarter donor approaches. TAI members represent a significant portion of global transparency and accountability funding. All are committed to being transparent about the wide ranging programming they support and why. Learn more about what our members fund.

FINANCIALS

We strive to model the same transparency values that we champion. As part of our efforts, we will share our annual reports and other key documents in open format as they become available.
FINANCIALS

Michael Jarvis

Executive Director
TAI

Michael Jarvis joined TAI after almost two decades working on different aspects of the global good governance and development agenda. He has led the development of TAI’s new strategy and approach, and directs engagement across the new priorities for the donor members.

Prior to joining TAI in 2016, Michael was the Global Lead for Extractives Governance within the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice. He led the institution’s programming to reinforce knowledge, learning and innovative approaches to strengthening good governance in the critical oil, gas and mining sectors. Overall, Michael worked over ten years with the World Bank in a variety of roles relating to anti corruption, private sector partnerships for development, and multi-stakeholder governance. This included a focus on contracting issues through which he helped shepherd development of a new global initiative on Open Contracting to promote better outcomes from the estimated $9.5 trillion in public-private contracts globally.

Michael previously worked on industry codes of conduct and as a consultant on corporate responsibility and transparency issues, including a focus on the agribusiness, chemical and defense industries. Michael has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University. He is a frequent author and blogger and misses his time as a radio DJ.

Lauren Keevill

Program Officer
TAI

Lauren works with TAI’s members to facilitate deeper partnership engagement around priority TAI sectors and programs.  She provides research, analytical and operational support directly to and across TAI priority areas, and has significant previous experience consulting on governance issues in fragile states, with a particular focus on Haiti, the Horn of Africa, and south Asia. Lauren has worked in Washington and overseas with a range of development actors, including the World Bank, the UN Office of Project Services, and US Agency for International Development. 

Lauren received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and earned a Masters degree in International Economics and International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS. When Lauren is not being a governance wonk, she can be found cooking, training for triathlons, or playing the guitar with more earnestness than skill. 

Alison Miranda

Senior Learning Officer
TAI

Alison leads learning strategy and practice at TAI, with a focus on reinforcing donor member learning around priority thematic areas and grant making practice. Prior to joining TAI, Alison managed a global portfolio of democracy and governance impact evaluation and research initiatives at Social Impact, Inc., exploring aspects of local government accountability, citizen electoral and political participation and citizen security. Previously, she worked at the National Democratic Institute where she facilitated program design, monitoring and learning efforts with colleagues, managed in-house evaluation and research initiatives, and led citizen participation and elections programming in El Salvador. Alison holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Spanish/International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rakesh Rajani

Director, Civic Engagement and Government
Ford Foundation

Rakesh Rajani leads the Civic Engagement and Government team at Ford Foundation and has directed the foundation’s work to advance democratic participation and transparent, effective, and accountable governance.

A global leader on issues of social justice, he has been at the forefront of citizen engagement and government accountability for two decades. He currently serves on the board of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the board of directors at the International Budget Partnership, the advisory board of the Open Contracting Partnership, and the steering committee of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.

Previously, Rakesh served as the lead civil society chair for the Open Government Partnership, an initiative to promote government transparency and accountability. He founded and served as executive director for HakiElimu (Education Rights), combining pioneering research with humor and satire to engage citizens in education reform. An earlier venture, Kuleana Centre for Children’s Rights, which Rakesh co-founded in his hometown of Mwanza, Tanzania, became one of Africa’s leading centers for children’s rights and established Tanzania’s first center for sexual health, linking work on HIV/AIDS, sexuality, youth, gender, and human rights.

Rakesh holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University and earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English and American literature from Brandeis University.

Martin Tisné

Investment Partner, Governance and Citizen Engagement
Omidyar Network

As an investment partner at Omidyar Network, Martin leads policy, advocacy strategy, and related investments for the firm’s global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative.

Martin has 15 years of experience in helping to build the international movement for openness, transparency and participation, including founding or co-founding two multi-stakeholder initiatives and three NGOs. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Martin founded the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, the leading donor collaborative in the open government and open data sector. While in this role, he co-founded the Open Government Partnership together with the White House and grew it into a 65-member strong multi-stakeholder initiative. Additionally, Martin initiated the G8 Open Data Charter, the G20 commitment to open data principles, and the International Open Data Charter. Martin is also the co-founder of Publish What You Fund, the global campaign for transparency of foreign aid, and helped launch Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the country’s leading anti-corruption NGO. He began his career working for the UN and the International Crisis Group (now Crisis Group) in Rwanda where he witnessed firsthand the impact that governance and corruption could have on elections.
Martin holds a B.A. from the University of Oxford and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Julie McCarthy

Director, Fiscal Governance Program
Open Society Foundations

Julie McCarthy is director of the Open Society Fiscal Governance Program. From 2011 to 2012, she served as director of the support unit at the Open Government Partnership, and prior to that, she was a senior adviser at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, working with the Obama administration and the Brazilian government to develop and launch the Open Government Partnership.

In 2009, McCarthy was selected as a Franklin Fellow and Peacebuilding Adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, helping to launch a multimillion dollar peacebuilding program in Liberia. Prior to this, McCarthy directed the Open Society Foundations’ Revenue Watch Program and then cofounded the Revenue Watch Institute, serving as its deputy director until 2009. In 2004, she was the researcher/writer for the Open Society Foundations’ award-winning Iraq Revenue Watch Project, and she also coordinated the Open Society Foundations work on the Millennium Challenge Account.

McCarthy graduated from Cornell University in 2002 and received an MA in international relations from Yale University in 2012.

Alfonsina Peñaloza

Program Officer, Global Development and Population
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Alfonsina Peñaloza is a program officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Alfonsina is an expert in gender and development. She is responsible for grants to expand women’s economic opportunity and increase the responsiveness of governments to their citizens’ needs.

Previously, Alfonsina helped create Ethos, where she served as deputy director and led projects related to gender equality, competitiveness, food security, and strengthening civil society and citizen participation.

Alfonsina has worked in the Ministry of Public Administration in Mexico, where she monitored international anti-corruption conventions and helped integrate gender perspectives in the Federal Public Administration. And as deputy director of the Mexican Council of International Affairs, the only Mexican think tank in the field of foreign policy, she created a youth program.

She has taught courses on gender in politics and development, and participated in numerous projects with United Nations agencies, government ministries, and the private sector.

Alfonsina has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City, and a master’s degree in gender, development and globalization from the London School of Economics. She is a melomaniac and proud member of Sofar Sounds, a global movement of music lovers

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STEERING COMMITTEE

PERSPECTIVES

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