Rakesh Rajani appointed as Ford Foundation New Director of Democratic Participation and Governance
New York — The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of Rakesh Rajani as director of Democratic Participation and Governance.
Mr. Rajani, a global leader on issues of social justice, has been at the forefront of citizen engagement and government accountability for two decades. He will relocate to New York from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he currently serves as the head of Twaweza ("We Can Make It Happen"), the organization he founded to promote basic learning, advance access to information and enhance government responsiveness.
Prior to this position, Mr. Rajani served as the lead civil society chair for the Open Government Partnership, a novel initiative to promote government transparency and accountability. In three years, 65 countries have joined the Partnership and made over 2,000 commitments, the progress of which is assessed by an independent mechanism and the citizens they serve.