Effective and transparent systems of governance are essential for ensuring inclusive development outcomes that have long-term impact.

Square Circle works with traditional and non-traditional governance systems to support greater transparency, accountability, inclusion and effectiveness—and ultimately improved legitimacy for institutions and organisations. We provide strategic analysis, education programs and advisory services for a range of governance actors including local and national governments, institutions of global governance, civil society organisations and the private sector.

We also understand the importance of linking systems of governance across local, national and global levels, and the way in which decision making can produce different outcomes for different groups. Because of this, we have a particular focus on multi-stakeholder governance structures that enhance local voices and agency.

Our governance work also seeks deep understanding of the experiences that diverse populations have with traditional and non-traditional governance institutions. Such understanding gives meaning to more abstract ‘indicators of governance’ while highlighting the potential pathways for strengthening governance systems—and for delivering on the promises of development.

Our approach to governance reform is to work through a collaborative and strengths-based approach that bolsters local voices and agency while promoting accountability, inclusion and effectiveness.