1 What is Governance ? 8 Good Governance Principles 3. Responsive Governance ' means the process of decision- Institutions and processes should try to - for leaders and institutions making and the process by which decisions serve all stakeholders within a reasonable are implemented (or not implemented). timeframe. 1. Accountable Governance focuses on the formal and informal actors involved in decision-making Public officials must be answerable for and implementing the decisions made. government behaviour, and be Responsive . Governance also focuses on the formal and informal structures set in place to arrive at and implement the decision. What is Good Governance Good Governance ' includes 8 guiding Principles that are used in the processes of making and implementing decisions. The use of good Governance Principles can decrease corruption and misuse of resourc- es, and ensure that the views of minorities and the most vulnerable are included.
2 Good Governance practices can enable 4. Effective and Efficient responsible and Responsive governments and 2. Transparent Processes and institutions need to produce organisations. They help leaders make the results that meet the needs of society, while Information needs to be made available to right decisions with the most effective making the best use of resources. the general public for clarity on government outcomes. decisions. Transparency can help inhibit Actors in Governance corruption. There are various actors in Governance in- cluding government ministers, departments, civil servants, political parties, civil society, media, urban rich and poor, rural rich and poor, religious groups, traditional groups, international and regional organisations. Good Governance can be exercised on the following levels: Family Community Government local and national Regional and International 5.
3 Equitable and Inclusive 7. Participatory People should not feel excluded from the Citizens, both men and women, need to be mainstream of society and everyone should have opportunities to improve their involved in the development process. People need to participate so that the government can make informed choices. What is Good well-being. Governance ? .. or is it about the Is it government? about the people? 6. Follows the Rule of Law 8. Consensus-oriented There needs to be fair legal frameworks that Different interests and viewpoints need to are enforced impartially, fully protecting be mediated to reach a broad consensus human rights and rights of minorities. on what is in the best interest of the whole community. Citizens'. Constitutional Forum Citizens' Constitutional Forum Limited 23 Denison Road, PO Box 12584, Suva, Fiji Islands Ph: (679) 3308379, Fax: (679) 3308380.
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