SAFEGE has worked in the field of institutional development since its founding in 1947, the aim being to foster an environment which is conducive to the sustainability of the infrastructure programmes it is involved in.
SAFEGE has drawn on its experience of the public sector to develop a specialist capability covering all aspects of institutional support, whether strategic or financial, managerial or cross-cutting.
Our institutional capability is coordinated by our Europe/Africa Division based in Brussels. Our activities, which are mainly implemented under EU-funded programmes can be divided into four broad groups:
Public policy development: SAFEGE assists governments in formulating public policy that reflects their objectives, the country’s comparative advantages and the lessons learned from our experience in the international arena, the aim being to develop clear and consistent policy objectives for the country and sectors concerned.
Public financial management: SAFEGE helps implement financial management systems that ensure the fair and efficient collection of revenue and the transparent and efficient allocation of spending. The objective: to achieve public policy objectives like economic growth, poverty mitigation and aid mobilization. In 2010, SAFEGE took steps to strengthen its capability in this area with the acquisition of IDC. As specialists in the field of public finance and economic policy, the consultancy has been retained by the European Commission since 2000 to provide services for the Framework Contract for Macro Economy, Statistics and Public Financial Management and has completed upwards of 200 assignments in that field.
Institutional strengthening: SAFEGE works to enhance the powers of key public institutions - strengthening their skills, organisational structures and operating procedures so that they are able to marshal the appropriate human and financial resources, implement administrative reforms and manage and coordinate sustainable activities that contribute to the fulfilment of public policy objectives at the local, central and regional levels.
Promotion of civic and community values: SAFEGE is involved in programmes that protect human rights and the rights of the disadvantaged, that combat poverty and violence and that ensure equal, fair and universal access to essential goods and services like food security, education, medical care, justice, police and community cohesion initiatives.
Some of our projects: