Good Governance

Advancing good governance is one of PDCI core objectives and to which its member organizations committed themselves on the ground because good governance is the foundation on which a peaceful, prosperous and dignified society is built.

“Governance” means the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)[1]. Governance can be used in several contexts such as corporate governance, international governance, national governance and local governance. “Governance” and “good governance” are being increasingly used in development literature but there is no unique definition. In the former communist Europe, the concept of good governance has added value to the efforts to improve the conditions of marginalized groups in the transition process. The fall of communist regimes resulted in conflicts over the roles of minorities and majorities, and over the rules governing the society. In this context, various programmes were implemented and resources invested to improve the capacity of the central and local governments to accommodate diversity – mainly ethnic minorities, but also gender, as well as religious minorities.[2]

Good governance encompasses many essential elements of democracy such as participation, opening to civil society, respect for human, civil and property rights, as well as peaceful conflict management. In common with democracy, good governance promotes the decentralization of decision-making, implementation and monitoring. It also fosters the empowerment of civil society, the private sector and other key stakeholders.[3]

When adapted to each specific country, government, population and customs, promoting good governance take many different faces. PDCI member organizations always adjust its methodologies in order to benefit in a more effective and sustainable way to the local population.

  • In Albania, corruption still plays a serious role and hinders the development and democratization of local governments, since it distorts the allocation of local resources and government performances. Partners Albania developed and uses an innovative approach to treat and prevent corruption in local government based on a participatory process.
  • Partners Senegal developed a barometer of good governance which has proved to be efficient in ten rural councils and is therefore now brought to further places in the country.
  • In Yemen, trainings conducted by Partners-Yemen helped council members to define their own responsibilities and accountability to their communities as well as to other authorities, which lead to a more needs-based and collaborative approach to development.
  • In Argentina, our member organization, Fundacion Cambio Democratico engages with the Ministry of Environment in activities to improve transparency in the selection of companies managing waste collection. Based on a deliberative process of consultation of citizens and interviews, suggestions and recommendations of actors from the different sectors involved, a call for tender was drafted. Thanks to this process “card boarders” or “unofficial workers” were formally recognized by the state for the work that they had “informally” been doing for years and subject to the national labor law. As a consequence cooperative became eligible for tendering and this public consultation gave citizens the opportunity to suggest improvements.
Good governance is key to PDCI’s member work. Our second newsletter highlights various projects we implemented on “Good Governance and Anti-Corruption”.

[2] Good governance in Multiethnic communities