Good Governance

Selected sites from the Asian Development Bank

  • Good Governance Practices are drawn from programs and projects which enabled governments to provide their citizens with improved public service, in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Good Governance for Poverty Reduction
    Ensuring sound and pro-poor public sector management. The quality of governance is critical to poverty reduction. Since effective and efficient delivery of basic services by the public sector matters most to the poor, weak governance hurts them disproportionately.

Internet Resources and Organizations

  • Department for International Development,
    UK (DFID)’s Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) provides the latest information about governance in development. DFID has initiated a Drivers of Change (DoC)   approach to identify the political institutions, structures and agents that can act as key levers to enable pro-poor change and therefore improve the effectiveness of aid.
  • Governance and Social Development Resource Centre
    Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) aims to help reduce poverty by informing policymaking and enhancing professional knowledge in relation to governance, conflict and social development.
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
    This site provides information on IADB’s projects and publications and features a global governance indicators database which can generate regional and country-level comparative data on a number of governance measures.
  • OECD Development and Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)
    The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. DCD-DAC is focused on promoting a global partnership for development and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. DCD-DAC’s Network on Governance or GOVNET aims to improve the effectiveness of development assistance in governance and in support of capacity development. It provides a policy forum for members to discuss lessons learned and disseminate good practices.
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
    This site provides information on SIDA’s democratic governance programs and publications.
  • Stichting Nederlandse Vriwilligers(SNV) Netherlands Development Organization
    This site highlights focus on strengthening local government and includes case studies, publications, and information on its regional programs.
  • Transparency in Governments and Companies
  • USAID Office for Democracy and Governance
    USAID’s governance office is tasked with supporting and advancing USAID’s democracy and governance (DG) programming worldwide, helping USAID field missions design and implement democracy strategies, providing technical and intellectual leadership in the field of democracy development, and managing some USAID programs directly. USAID’s Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC), is searchable by subject and country and contains several governance resources.
  • UNDP’s Democratic Governance Program
    This program was established in 1995 to respond to increasing demands on UNDP for technical assistance in governance and management development. The program’s global policy network is supported by its Oslo Governance Centre established in Norway in 2002. The site also includes information on work in regional and at the country level in Asia and the Pacific.
  • United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
    UNCDF offers investment capital, capacity building and technical advisory services to promote microfinance and local development in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).  The site provides resources and publications in key areas including local governance.
  • United Nations Financing for Development Office
    The site serves as the central clearinghouse for key documents and the follow up process for the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development, which culminated in the adoption of the Monterrey Consensus.
  • Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Pacific Plan.
    The Pacific Plan proposes a new and innovative approach to the unique challenges that Pacific Island Countries face through a framework of greater regional cooperation and integration.
  • World Bank’s Governance and Public Sector Management–Anticorruption
    World Bank facilitates action-oriented and participatory programs to promote good governance and curb corruption in its client countries. These dedicated sites include articles, publications, learning products, data, and other resources related to governance and corruption. Key resources include the Governance Matters Indicators, BRIBEline, and the Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) Index.
  • World Bank Demand for Good Governance
    Demand for Good Governance (DFGG), or “demand-side” activities are made up of development approaches that focus on citizens as the ultimate stakeholders for better governance. With this focus, they strengthen the capacity of civil society, the media, parliament, local communities, and the private sector to hold authorities accountable for better development results. As such, DFGG complements and strengthens the World Bank Group’s traditional “supply-side” work that supports client states to provide government services.