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While the Institute on Governance’s domestic market is its core strength, recent years have seen an uptick in its global reach.

International Flags

As evidenced by project activities undertaken in 9 countries on 3 continents over the past year alone, the Institute’s approach, specialized skills, and the world-wide Canadian reputation for good governance, continues to put the IOG in high demand.

The Canadian domestic market will always drive IOG activities; the international market holds great promise moving forward as a complementary but important element of its offering.

Project activities include countries as diverse as Iraq and Jordan, Ecuador and Brazil, Myanmar and Malaysia, and the Bahamas.  Over the years the IOG has undertaken work in over 35 countries on all continents, saving Antarctica.

Some of our ongoing and recently completed international projects are highlighted below:


Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resiliency-Building

The adoption of a new constitution in 2005 was a fundamental milestone in Iraq’s transformation from a unitary to a federal state. To fully implement the fiscal arrangements and the decentralisation of services necessary for the functioning of a highly-effective federation, a whole new set of individual and institutional competencies are required at all levels of government.

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In this context, the Governments of Canada and Iraq agreed on two key governance areas where Canadian support would help the Republic institutionalise its new constitution. The support includes training, evaluation of systems and practices, and the development of competency frameworks.

The Project will introduce hundreds of Iraqi decision-makers including Kurdistan region decision-makers and influencers to new thinking, relationships, and skills that will strengthen the country’s institutional capacity.

The first governance area to be addressed is fiscal federalism and decentralization, which includes fostering understanding of the benefits of a federal system, instilling leadership values and skills in senior officials, and developing the competencies required to administer the federal arrangements envisaged.

The second set of governance challenges relates to decision-making and resiliency-building. While the crisis affecting internally displaced persons (IDP) has had the highest profile, and has been of the greatest urgency, the governance challenges extend beyond the IDP question to the more general requirement for effective crisis coordination, no matter the context.

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Looking Ahead:  Taking the Work to the Governorates

While much of the work to date has focused on the Iraqi Parliament and the federal government, activities at the governorate level will increase significantly, particularly as the reclaimed  territories seek a return to normalcy.  This work will extend the reach of the Iraq Project to areas of the country most in need of support, since there are very few resources and skill in place to manage the transition to both peace and federalism.

South America

Over the years, the IOG has been working in South America under the auspices of the World Bank, the Organisation of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank, working in public governance and public sector transformation in several countries.

In recent years, with the Inter-American Bank's effort at public service transformation and modernisation, the IOG has worked in support of citizen-centered services strategies to transform the delivery of public services in Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador as well as preliminary steps in that direction in Chile and Paraguay. In addition, the IOG supported the planning of the transition of government prior to the last presidential election in Ecuador, a country that had not had a stable transition of government for over 20 years.


The IOG, with funding coming from the UNDP, provided training and advice on structuring senior civil servant training.


The IOG led the development of The Bahamas first ever National Development Plan, identifying and drafting 15 national priority goals and multiple cascaded strategies in the areas of Governance, Economy, Human Capital and the Environment (including infrastructure).