GLF exists to support political leadership and good governance around the world by making available the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. GLF operates discreetly and in confidence, with GLF Members typically working in small teams to give frank and private advice on specific issues of concern to Heads of Government and on general governance issues.
Since it was formed in 2004 GLF has worked in 22 countries across the world with a number of engagements continuing for several years.
The GLF Concept
In an era in which effective governance is critical to the success of developing countries, new governments offer fresh hope to their peoples. In many countries, especially those most affected by recent internal revolt, new forces are emerging seeking to advance a free, open, and sustainable model of development, yet the leaders often have little or no experience of government or of working with democratic institutions, free markets and the rule of law. Increasingly leaders face polarized societies, populism, economic crises, refugees, institutional failure, the flouting of international norms and a plethora of advice from international agencies, their donor communities and private consultancy firms.
GLF comes with no agenda of its own, or of any government or organization. It is a not-for-profit foundation and its Members no longer seek high office. The agenda is always set by the Head of Government, with GLF Members acting as personal, private advisors, offering impartial advice, given on a peer-to-peer basis, drawing on their own personal experience.
GLF Members contribute to the work of GLF as private individuals, out of the spotlight, motivated by a desire to help current leaders tackle challenges that they themselves once faced.
GLF’s approach is defined by strict confidentiality. This approach bypasses protocol, ensures privacy, facilitates the establishment of a relationship of trust, and ensures that if a leader is helped to take a successful initiative he can assume the credit for it, strengthening and reinforcing his credibility.