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Friday, June 1, 2012
Characteristics of Good Governance
Participation All men and women should have a voice in decision-making, either directly or through legitimate intermediate institutions that represent their interests. Such broad participation is built on freedom of association and speech, as well as capacities to participate constructively.
Rule of law Legal frameworks should be fair and enforced impartially, particularly the laws on human rights.
Transparency Transparency is built on the free flow of information. Processes, institutions and information are directly accessible to those concerned with them, and enough information is provided to understand and monitor them.
Responsiveness Institutions and processes try to serve all stakeholders.
Consensus orientation Good governance mediates differing interests to reach a broad consensus on what is in the best interests of the group and,. where possible, on policies and procedures.
Equity All men and women have opportunities to improve or maintain their well-being.
Effectiveness and efficiency Processes and institutions produce results that meet needs while making the best use of resources.
Accountability Decision-makers in government, the private sector and civil society organisations are accountable to the public, as well as to institutional stakeholders. This accountability differs depending on the organisations and whether the decision is internal or external to an organisation.
Strategic vision Leaders and the public have a broad and long-term perspective on good governance and human development, along with a sense of what is needed for such development. There is also an understanding of the historical, cultural and social complexities in which that perspective is grounded.
UNDP (1997) Governance for Sustainable Human Development. United Nations Development Programme
We live in days of hectic Competition, Corruption. Exploitation, Favoritism and what not! The wealth gap is widening that may explode any time. Trying to excel over others the capitalists are on suicide missions. The dynasty of political thugs is on the rise. At home and on roads we are constantly on prayers for safety - for selves and our families. Branded religions are tarnishing the image of GOD with commercial evangelists and self anointed human Gods patronized by funny robed religion robbers who stink dirty with their commercial ventures in all fields. Let hopes for a better tomorrow guide us through this filthy world of environmental and political pollution. Give your best to the society we live in. Yours, K. Mathew Thomas. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org