Governance

Enabling policy makers and managers to deliver improved 
public services, transparently and accountably.

For over 50 years’ Maxwell Stamp has been at the forefront of public administration innovation. Our aim is to help governing organisations to achieve their public interest outcomes for all citizens and service users in an effective, efficient and ethical manner.

We adopt a whole system approach to promote good governance in the public sector, linking governance and public financial management closely, using internationally approved standards and principles (CIPFA/IFAC). We are practitioners who apply these principles to actual implementation.

We work with our government clients in many countries to improve oversight, human resource management and public service delivery in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia.

In Malawi (Keeping Girls in School), our capacity development work has increased the capacity of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology officials to apply the Gender Responsive Budget Framework. In Uganda (Support to Uganda’s Response on Gender Equality), we are doing similar work for the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Gender, six line ministries and thirteen local authorities; broadening the awareness of gender issues across government.

We deepened ties between the Zambia Governance Fund (government) and local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by recommending financial assistance to established CSOs and one-off grants and capacity building to small and emerging CSOs. This led to strengthened autonomy, networking and political engagement of civil society and resulted in increased levels of public policy interest by the mass media. In turn, this has enabled greater political plurality, better rule of law and more informed financial decision-making.

Maxwell Stamp has helped core justice sector institutions and government to design and effectively implement major law reforms – our Community Legal Services Programme in Bangladesh has provided access to justice to over 13.1 million Bangladeshis, with 74% of direct beneficiaries being women and girls.

We also:

  • Provide roadmaps for governance reforms
  • Manage grants and make due diligence checks on grant recipient institutions
  • Establish anti-corruption bodies and lead anti-corruption activities
  • Undertake diagnostics of organisational norms and ethics
  • Lead civil service reform and capacity development programmes
  • Develop improved internal control mechanisms.

Public Interest Governance Principles A and B with implementation arrangements – C to G

Source: International Framework: Good Governance in the Public Sector, International Federation of Accounts – Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.