AGI is valued by our partner governments and leaders:
"In Paris we committed, and reaffirmed in Accra, to channel aid through country systems so as to strengthen national capacity to execute development plans, to budget efficiently and deliver services....why not use aid to build up and strengthen such critical systems? A case in point is the partnership between Rwanda's government and Mr Tony Blair's African Governance Initiative, which uses embedded support to balance fast implementation of development programmes and transfer of skills." | President Paul Kagame
“I have seen AGI’s impact in the way my government functions and in its capacity to implement my priorities...What AGI does is not a substitute for the support we receive from our friends in the donor community, but a catalyst for it - helping to ensure that together we are able to drive the change we all want to see in the everyday lives of the Sierra Leonean people.” | President Ernest Bai Koroma
“AGI has worked with us to improve our efficiency by helping improve systems, by building teamwork, by looking at our structures and our basic organization, by helping us to concentrate on the delivery through a unit that coordinates all of our agenda items in the different ministries and agencies. They have been a tremendous help to the presidency by contributing to our effectiveness in responding to the needs of the Liberian people.” | President Ellen-Johnson Sirleaf
There is growing interest in our work from the international community:
We have been working with a range of donors since our inception including the Gates Foundation, USAID and the Open Society Institute. In this video Helena Thybell of the United Postcode Lottery talks about why the organisation decided to fund AGI and why she feels they see real impact from their investment in our work.
“The development community has supported elections in Africa, often very successfully. But what happens after an election is even more important than the election itself. If we are honest, this is something that is missing … What Tony Blair is doing with AGI is just so important – bringing political skills and capacity development to help African governments actually deliver for their people." | Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator
“Their work on the nuts and bolts...is fundamentally changing the way governments operate.” | Baroness Lynda Chalker, former UK international development minister
“[Tony Blair] now has a project that I wanted to do and couldn’t with my foundation...he actually goes in and works ‘inside-out’ in countries...with the government.” | President Bill Clinton
For more about the impact AGI’s work is having, read our 2010 Annual Report.