There is a general consensus on the idea that we need better governance. Most of international organisms and development agencies regularly promote the encouragement of “good governance”.

Still, good governance for what? What is the final purpose of improving institutions? We know that through governance it is possible to enhance initiatives as well as the improvement of people’s conditions, perspectives and opportunities. But governance can also enable the opposite, contributing to an alienated society controlled by the authority, where particular interests take precedence over groups and where society’s efforts and aspirations are inhibited.

The good functioning of governments and administrations is closely connected with the idea of placing people back at the centre of policies. The starting point is to recognize that systems and processes have to contribute by benefiting a freer, more participatory and more inclusive society. And, with this aim, it becomes necessary to give priority to human development and to common good. It is fundamental to align the efforts of institutional enhancement with the final purpose of promoting all that can allow people to live with dignity, contributing to global prosperity.

However, we have to consider the premise that the welfare of a society emerges not only as the consequence of more effective and better oriented government mechanisms, or specific political-economical systems. n reality everything has its origin in the individuals, in how we are related to our environment, in our ideals and in how we deal with our responsibilities towards the others. It has much to do with the idea that people involved in governments, institutions and administrations take their own responsibilities towards the ones they represent, promoting the common good.

This Blog is specifically designed for those who wish to exercise their own responsibility, and for all who are involved in processes with great impact on our society. Through this, the Blog aims to collect approaches, good practices and innovations identified in the context of promoting good government. The published contents are oriented towards the participation of experts, agencies or local institutions involved or supporting a reform process, mainly in countries with institutions in path of consolidation. It encompasses local institution experiences as well as agents who collaborate with them in promoting or favouring such processes.

It is important to stress that this Blog originates from a broad approach to governance, understood as the decision making processes and mechanisms relying on interrelation with public sector and civil society, in other words, to the “governments” of public entities, but also to private companies, cooperatives, NGO, universities, etc., understanding that “good governance” is achieved thanks to the participation of all actors.

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