The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) serves as a bridge uniting stakeholders from a diverse cross-section of society in pursuit of a common vision: a thriving Bahamas where accountable and transparent governance allows each individual, business and group a say in decisions that affect our future and equal access to opportunity. We believe that responsible governance can only be achieved if all sectors of society: the people, private industry, civil society and government all have a seat at the table in deciding the future of the country.
ORG seeks to empower civil society and the people to take a greater stake in the governance of the country through generating dialogue and education. In tandem with partners like Citizens for a Better Bahamas, The Nassau Institute, and Citizens for a Better Bahamas, ORG galvanizes civil society groups around issues of mutual interest, fosters collective action, and encourages capacity-building and development in advocacy groups.
Through programs such as The Campaign for the Bahamas, ORG’s education and engagement arm, and our Freedom Schools, we seek to create a more knowledgeable populace and empower the people with tools to advocate for issues that matter to them.
Our topical Sub-Committees bring together experts of diverse backgrounds to address issues and find solutions in our three areas of focus: Accountable Governance, Economic Development, and Education Reform. Part think-tank, part vetting station these sub-committees commission research, generate ideas and bring a wealth of knowledge to ORG’s programs and positions in our three areas of focus.
Areas of Focus
Responsible, accountable, and transparent governance is a central challenge for societies seeking to provide equal opportunity and socioeconomic stability for their citizens. ORG empowers civil society and introduces key policy and legislation to ensure the actions of the country’s leadership are subject to oversight and serve the best interests of the Bahamian people.
With seven in ten graduating high school students unprepared for the next step in life, The Bahamas’ undereducated populace is wreaking havoc on the country’s socioeconomic development and its future. ORG addresses this core issue head on with innovative policies and programs generated through research and collaborative think tanks.
The Bahamian economy is in a precarious position with four consecutive credit downgrades, consistently high fiscal deficits, and unemployment at a soaring high. Economic growth is a dynamic and multi-faceted occurrence that is highly dependent on a myriad of factors. ORG brings together industry leaders and international and local scholars to develop solutions and plot a path to greater prosperity for all.