Partnerships: Putting Good Governance Principles in Practice

This publication analyzes the research and project work of the Institute On Governance in civil society – government partnerships from the point of view of both players. The paper first explores the meaning of ‘governance’ and ‘partnership’; then blends these concepts with good governance principles used by the United Nations Development Programme and the Institute On Governance to create a tool for assessing good governance in partnership arrangements. Finally, the paper draws on the Institute’s work in Canada and internationally,… Read more

Assessing Communication Practices of Governments in Central Europe and the Baltic States – Condensed Version

In the Fall of 2001, the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (UNDP RBEC) initiated the pilot phase of a sub-regional project designed to strengthen government citizen communications in six countries: Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. This report provides a summary of summaries–an overview of common communications environments, influencing factors, findings, recommendations and next steps.

Governance and the Common Toilet

Based on the experiences of IOG’s(Media And Governance Network) programme, this article takes a refreshing and practical look at the fundamentals of good governance. The MAGNET project brought together the forces of community representatives, local government, NGOs and media in three South Asia cities: Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka; Sangli, India; and Kathmandu, Nepal. The essay discusses the power of this combination in addressing the pressing needs of the urban poor, and could signal a new approach to community capacity building.

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