Tetra Tech’s democracy and governance practice helps developing and transitioning countries establish systems and institutions for democratic, accountable governance that are essential for equitable economic growth, social development, protection of human rights, and security.

Tetra Tech conducts in-depth analysis of a country’s unique characteristics and practices, developing programs that facilitate transparency, accountability, decentralization, inclusion, rule of law, and civic participation. Our approach builds the skills and knowledge of our local partners to affect meaningful democratic reforms and sustainable, long-term development.

Anti-Corruption, Transparency, and Accountability

Corruption poses a serious development challenge. It undermines the legitimacy of government and economic development by challenging formal processes like policy making and rule of law. Tetra Tech’s anticorruption services strengthen public-sector institutions, engage the private sector and civil society in the fight against corruption, and enhance transparency and accountability in other areas.

Human and Institutional Capacity Development

Tetra Tech has been improving the performance and human capacity of local organizations and institutions for the past 30 years. Our well-established tools and methods maximize human resource effectiveness and ensure ownership by and commitment of participating local or host country partners. We have successfully applied institutional capacity-building tools in legislative institutions, central government ministries, municipal and regional government units, and community-based and non-governmental organizations and networks.

Decentralization and Local Governance

Responsive, accountable local governments provide the ideal foundation for the development of a broad-based democratic culture that encourages popular participation, sustainable economic growth, and stable communities. Decentralization reduces the distance between government and the people it serves and provides the basis for a more interactive relationship between government and citizens. Tetra Tech works with local government counterparts and their communities to establish the foundation for democratic, decentralized local governance by creating the prerequisite legal framework and policies; enhancing the capacity of local government officials; building the financial and management systems and procedures; improving the delivery of public services; and strengthening mechanisms for broad citizen engagement.

Public Administration Reform

Tetra Tech’s work on decentralization and local governance is informed and enriched by our broader practice area of public administration reform. Tetra Tech works with government counterparts to design and reform inefficient bureaucracies at the national, regional, and local levels. We provide technical support, training, and technology-based applications to increase the transparency and accountability of public institutions and enhance their performance management.

Rule of Law and Human Rights

Respect for rule of law and a well-developed justice system are the foundation of a democratic society and modern economy. Tetra Tech helps create the laws and policies that support the development of independent, effective judicial branches capable of functioning in a transparent, responsive, and accountable manner. Our teams draft laws, train legal professionals, and improve court operations. We also work with both formal and informal justice institutions to improve access to justice and promote adherence to rule of law and the protection of human rights of all citizens.

Legislative Strengthening

Legislatures fulfill a number of important functions in a democracy: they represent people and groups in the policymaking process; they make laws; and they provide oversight, assuring that laws and programs are carried out according to legislative intent. Tetra Tech supports legislative development by focusing on internal administration and management, refinement of parliamentary procedures, drafting and enactment of legislation, oversight of the executive branch, budget analysis, constituency relations, and mechanisms for public participation in the lawmaking process.

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Public-private Partnership Best Practices Workshop in Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Providing public-private partnership (PPP) training to government directors who will be using PPPs to fund large infrastructure projects

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Consolidation and Enhanced Livelihood Initiative–Central Region, Colombia

Supporting peace and security in conflict regions by building legitimate state institutions and licit market structures

Government Strengthening, Armenia

Support to the Armenian National Assembly

Strengthening the institutional capacity and effectiveness of government to better engage citizens and recognize their needs


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Local Governance, Peru

Decentralization and Local Governance Project, Peru

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