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Who Are We?

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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Strategic Pillars

We help donor members work together to improve grant making practice and boost collective impact around the following three 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

Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. We work with our investees and partners to make government, corporations, media, and those in positions of power more responsive and more accountable. We were previously the Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative at Omidyar Network and is now part of The Omidyar Group.

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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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Strategy

We work on a small number of big bets that strive toward transformative change in areas of profound concern, including the existential threats of climate change and nuclear risk, the challenges in the U.S. of criminal justice reform and in Nigeria of more effective and legitimate government services, and bringing more financial capital to the social sector.

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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.

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.

Richard Christel

Program Associate
TAI

Richard is helping TAI streamline operational effectiveness and contributes to each of TAI’s workstreams, however mainly focuses on taxation governance and data for accountability. Holding a MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, Richard is very interested in understanding the intersection between taxes, corruption, and conflict and the levers of power involved in each of them. Richard earned his undergraduate degree in International Affairs at Florida State University focusing on International Conflict.

Outside of TAI, you can find him coaching or playing soccer, cycling, or attending numerous concerts around DC.

Alison Miranda

Head of Learning and Impact
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.

Oluwabusayomi Sotunde

Communications Fellow
TAI

Oluwabusayomi is an Atlas Corps Fellow serving in TAI as a Communications lead. A graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Oluwabusayomi has over seven years of experience as a Journalist reporting on rural development, entrepreneurship, and youth leadership in Africa and across the Commonwealth region. She served as the pioneer Managing Editor of Rural Reporters and the Assistant Editor of Leading Change, the University of Cambridge website for The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.

Oluwabusayomi is experienced in designing advocacy and communications strategies, team building and development, developing and management of web content and social media, and project management. She has worked as an independent research consultant for Euromonitor International since 2016 covering consumer behaviour and lifestyles and other industry-related research in Nigeria. She draws on her experience as both a Journalist and industry watcher to communicate from an insider’s perspective.

Oluwabusayomi, a fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation, enjoys shining the spotlight on people who are breaking barriers in their field and communities. She is interested in making rural development issues an integral part of global development.

Zoya Belmesova

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Fellow
TAI

Zoya is an Atlas Corps Fellow supporting TAI’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning work. Previously, Zoya worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe where she helped coordinate the organization’s programs in Kyrgyzstan. She is also a member of EvalYouth ECA (Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus) where she facilitates a mentoring program for young and emerging evaluators. Zoya holds a Master’s in Comparative Local Development from a consortium of universities in Italy, Germany, and Hungary.

Elizabeth Hannah Blackburn

Student Fellow
TAI

Elise is an MSc candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science studying Comparative Politics with a focus in Corruption and Ethnic Politics. She previously studied Political Science and Law and has interned at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group.

Kelsey Maddox

Student Fellow
TAI

Kelsey is a graduate student at American University’s School of International Service studying International Affairs with a focus on Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights. She is also an Advocacy Fellow at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Arena.

Kelsey has a diverse background from her internships with Pallas Advisors and the Partnership for Public Service.

Dana Hovig

Program Director of Global Development and Population
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Dana Hovig is the Program Director of Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Dana is an experienced leader of both philanthropic and global nonprofit organizations. He joined the Hewlett Foundation in 2019 to lead the team responsible for grantmaking to improve lives and livelihoods in low- and middle-income countries, and to promote the health and economic well-being of women in the United States and around the world.

Previously, Dana worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for six years, where he co-created and led the Integrated Delivery team. That team focuses on building health systems; launching, delivering, and scaling up new products, services, and interventions; and finding synergies to improve outcomes across the foundation’s health programs.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Dana spent seven years as CEO of Marie Stopes International (MSI), based in London, U.K. Dana led the work of more than 8,500 MSI international staff with offices and operations in 40 countries. MSI delivers life-saving and life-changing reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, family and maternal health, and primary health care services via MSI clinics, franchised clinics, and community health workers. Dana joined MSI after more than a decade in leadership positions with Population Services International. He has spent nearly 10 years living and working in Pakistan and Francophone West Africa, including with the Peace Corps in Togo.

Dana holds a master’s of science degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Dana joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2019.

Andrew Clarke

Interim Director
Luminate

Andrew serves as Interim Director of Luminate’s Financial Transparency impact area and also leads our work in Manchester, UK. His experience as an advocacy and policy specialist spans both the international development and private sectors.

Andrew previously was Advocacy Manager at Publish What You Fund (PWYF), a campaign for aid transparency, where he led engagement with the US, European Union, and World Bank to increase the quantity and quality of public aid information. He also represented PWYF on the steering committee of the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

Prior to PWYF, Andrew served as Public Affairs Manager for Ranelagh International, providing strategic planning and advocacy for clients. Andrew also worked at the Overseas Development Institute on an aid harmonisation project mapping most development aid onto the Ugandan budget.

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.

Julie joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2012.

Vera Mshana

Program Officer, Natural Resources and Climate Change
Ford Foundation

Vera Mshana is the global program officer on Ford’s Civic Engagement and Government team. She leads the foundation’s work on encouraging greater government transparency; promoting more participatory and progressive tax and budget systems; helping to establish rules and norms to reduce global tax avoidance and evasion; and responding to the challenge of closing civic space by supporting human rights defenders and strengthening the capabilities and legitimacy of civil society organizations in their own communities.

Prior to joining Ford, Vera was a program officer in the Open Society Foundations’ Fiscal Governance Program, where she was charged with cultivating the foundation’s investment portfolio in tax reform support efforts in developing countries. She has also held senior positions within civil society and the private sector.

Vera holds an LLM in law and development from the University of Warwick and is a member of the English and Tanzanian bar associations.

Vera joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2018.

Joseph Asunka

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

Joseph Asunka is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Joseph manages a portfolio of grants that support efforts to increase transparency and accountability in fiscal governance and foster citizen participation to improve social services in developing countries.

Before joining the foundation, Joseph was a lecturer in political science at University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught courses on African politics, political economy of development, research methods and data analysis. Prior to that, he was program officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, a governance research and advocacy think tank based in Accra, Ghana.

Joseph’s research interests include distributive politics, elections and electoral processes, and migration. He has published in journals such as Research and Politics and Population Research and Policy Review. Born in Ghana, Joseph holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.

Joseph joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2018.

Laura Bacon

Director of Partner Support
Luminate

As Director of Partner Support, Laura works to identify, develop, coordinate, and provide organisational support to Luminate’s partners. She previously led global policy and advocacy funding for the organisation’s Financial Transparency and Data & Digital Rights impact areas. Laura brings experience in international development and public policy, and has undertaken extensive research on government accountability and transparency.

Laura was appointed by President Obama as a White House Fellow from 2009 to 2010. In other public sector roles, she served as a Technical Adviser to the Liberian government’s Ministry of Gender and Development and Liberia’s Women’s Legislative Caucus. She also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger.

Laura was previously the Associate Director of Innovations for Successful Societies at Princeton University and a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. In both of these roles, she authored and managed multiple publications on leadership, governance, gender, and public sector reform.

 

Laura joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2018.

Megan Colnar

Director, Strategy and Impact, Economic Justice Program
Open Society Foundations

Megan Colnar is the manager for monitoring, evaluation, and learning with the Open Society Fiscal Governance Program. Colnar’s expertise in monitoring, evaluation, and learning ranges from strategy to implementation of complex research and studies to mobile data collection platforms and impact evaluations.

Prior to joining Open Society, Colnar was the director of monitoring and evaluation for the Hunger Project. She has over eight years of field and international experience in research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning in more than 35 countries. She has worked on projects and programs from a diverse background of funders in private, public, and nonprofit settings.

Colnar received her MPA in development practice from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in 2012 and was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 2008 studying “In Peaces: Nonviolence & Reconciliation Movements” in six countries. She also holds a BA in international studies and Latin American studies from Rhodes College and a certificate in knowledge management from Tech Change.

Megan joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2018.

Erin Sines

Director, On Nigeria
MacArthur Foundation

Erin has been with MacArthur since 2009. She is the co-director of the Foundation’s On Nigeria program and director of the Population & Reproductive Health program. Prior to her current position, she was a program officer for Population and Reproductive Health and Girls’ Secondary Education grantmaking.

Before joining MacArthur, Erin worked at the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization, where she provided strategic guidance and technical assistance to help policymakers in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Mongolia use data to make policy and program decisions. Earlier in her career, she worked on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and conducted research on maternal and child health in the US.

Erin has an M.P.H. from Columbia University and received her B.A. in Spanish and International Politics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

She serves on the board of advisors of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region.

Erin Sines works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

On Nigeria

Population & Reproductive Health

Erin joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2017.

Helena Hofbauer Balmori

International Program Director, Civic Engagement and Government
Ford Foundation

Helena Hofbauer Balmori is international program director for Civic Engagement and Government. She is also regional director for the foundation’s Mexico and Central America office in Mexico City, where she oversees the office’s overall strategy based on the premise that governments at all levels must serve the broad public interest and ensure that all people—particularly the most marginalized and underrepresented populations—are treated equally under the law.

Before joining the foundation in 2015, Helena served for eight years as manager and later on director for partnership development and innovation at the International Budget Partnership. In that position she oversaw grant making, capacity development, and technical assistance for more than 60 organizations in 25 countries, among them Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Cambodia, and Egypt.

Earlier, Helena was the founding director of Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación (Center for Analysis and Research). Supported by Ford from its inception, the Mexico-based organization uses evidence-based advocacy to tackle complex social challenges such as migration, reproductive justice, human rights, and accountability.

Helena earned her master’s degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from El Colegio de México.

Helena joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2019.

Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, On Nigeria
MacArthur Foundation

Prior to joining the Foundation Dayo worked for the British Council, Abuja, as Output Manager (Economic and Natural Resources) for the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program, a five-year initiative to mitigate drivers of conflict in Nigeria. He was Economic Governance Program Manager for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa in Dakar, Senegal, and Senior Program Officer at the Civil Liberties Organization in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dayo received a Master of Arts in Development Studies with a major in Public Policy and Management from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. He received a Master in Business Administration degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun state, Nigeria and a Higher Diploma from the Lagos State Polytechnic in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

Dayo joined the TAI Steering Committee in 2020.

Leslie Tsai

Director of Social Impact of the Chandler Foundation
Chandler Foundation

Prior to joining the Chandler Foundation, Leslie was on the executive team of Microclinic International, a global health non-profit. Leslie started her legal career at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell before moving into the non-profit and philanthropic sector. Prior to law school, Leslie spent a year at the World Bank working on financial sector development in Africa. She has been honored as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a TEDx speaker. Leslie received her law degree from Harvard and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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