Our Track Record

PTF Washington’s track record in Europe

In the early 2000, PTF Washington started providing funding and technical assistance for projects in Europe. First projects were executed in Bulgaria, Poland and the Baltic states. In the following years, PTF implemented projects in the Balkans, Russia, Moldova, and Romania and in Central Asia. Most projects had a duration of one to two years.

More than 45 skilled PTF Europe advisers, based in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA assist in the implementation of projects all over the world, connecting local leaders in target countries with the resources and knowledge they need to catalyze successful citizen-led change.Overall, PTF Washington has been active in over 60 countries, working with around 177 partner CSOs to assist them in developing and implementing over 260 projects to promote transparency and accountability.

PTF Europe’s track record

A number a PTF advisers who worked on above mentioned projects became members of PTF Europe. They are now contributing their experience to the work of PTF Europe. Since 2014, PTF Europe has been implementing projects in the field of citizen participation and third-party monitoring – funded by the EU (as co-applicant) or by multi-lateral development banks.

Lessons Learned

We apply a learning approach. We adapt our approaches as we learn from challenges. As a relatively small organization with a large network of like-minded CSOs, we are agile and able to connect with relevant expertise as needs arise.

Throughout the project cycle we seek to draw lessons from our experiences and share the resulting knowledge widely to advance a culture of transparency around the world. Most of our completed projects have been independently evaluated.

We share the knowledge gained from the more than 260 projects we’ve supported to enhance governance, counter corruption and innovate to improve service delivery. We do this by holding events, publishing print material, and participating in coalitions.

Project Examples


The one-year (2020-2021) project is funded by the Schmitz Stiftungen. Its project activities aim at reducing teacher absenteeism through an app-based monitoring system, improving the quality and quantity of student-teacher interactions, and revitalizing an active collaboration between school administration and village structures to help improve primary education. All project activities are accompanied targeted COVID-19 prevention measures.

Promoting Equitable, Accountable Civic Engagement in Myanmar (PEACE)

Promoting Equitable, Accountable Civic Engagement in Myanmar (PEACE) was a four-year (2016-2020), EU-funded CSO capacity building program. The project was implemented by a consortium consisting of Helvetas Myanmar, PTF and the Local Resource Centre (LRC), one of Myanmar’s leading national CSOs. The project had three main activities: support for the formulation and implementation of an LRC institutional development plan; training to strengthen CSOs in LRC’s network of about 1,000 local CSOs, including grants to enable them to apply lessons from the training; and support for advocacy activities. The support for the local CSOs was emphasizing citizen engagement.

Improving Transparency and Effectiveness of public procurement in Ukraine

In 2016-2019, PTF Europe was training CSOs in Ukraine on how to monitor public procurement under the country’s new e-procurement system – “ProZorro.” PTF was working with the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) to develop training tools for CSOs and journalists identify irregularities and bring evidence-based reports of abuse to the attention of the responsible authorities using information generated by the system. The training includeds best practices for procurement monitoring internationally.

Guidance Notes on Stakeholder Engagement

In 2018-2019, PTF Europe wrote two Guidance Notes for EIB: (1) for project implementers on engaging stakeholders in EIB projects and (2) foror project staff on conducting due diligence on implementers’ stakeholders engagement. In addition, we concuted four case studies on stakeholder engagement containing lessons learned and recommendations for further improvement of stakeholder engagement.

Partners in Empowerment

In 2014-2016, PTF Europe contributed to strengthening and interconnecting CSOs and CSO leaders in five Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Republic of  Moldova, and Ukraine). Throughout the project, CSOs drew on peer and international expertise to hold governments to account. They are now  even more effective watchdogs engaged in policymaking processes and in leveraging expertise to monitor public service delivery and government decisions.