This policy brief looks at an institutional innovation that has been developed over the past decade to improve coordination among F/P/T governments and other stakeholders in the health sector. Drawing on case studies of six coordinating health organizations, the paper examines the challenges inherent to “shared governance”, including issues of board composition, representation, and accountability.
This paper offers a map or guide to help chairs explore the dimensions and potential of their role – how they can invest their time to greatest effect, and how they can make a lasting contribution to the well-being of both their organization and their community.
This IOG Policy Brief looks at the challenges associated with board evaluation and the governance implications it holds for both individual board members and the organization as a whole. The paper also offers practical approaches for dealing with this complex issue.
This paper reviews recent developments in corporate governance and considers their relevance to the governance of Multilateral Development Institutions (MDIs). It suggests that recent developments in the private sector contain useful insights for MDIs. Although MDIs are different from business corporations in important respects, their ability to get governance right will have a significant bearing on the achievement of development aims and the reduction of poverty around the world.
This policy brief is based on a larger research project exploring the application of UN principles of good governance to protected areas. Developed initially in an environmental context, the principles are nonetheless widely applicable. The paper has received excellent reviews from academics and government officials in Canada, Australia and Europe. The original paper was prepared for the Fifth World Parks Congress in South Africa under the auspices of Parks Canada and CIDA.
A thought-provoking look at the principles of good governance, this paper was written in collaboration with Parks Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency for the Fifth World Parks Congress, held in South Africa in September 2003. It received enthusiastic reviews such as: “watershed paper” and “a very thoughtful and comprehensive report…a substantive and original contribution to the field”.
This paper explores the transitions many voluntary organizations undergo as they move from an informal approach to governance or “jeans” toward one that is more systematic or formal – “jackets”. It discusses key areas of difficulty and offers guidance to non-profits in developing an effective board-staff relationship.
Explores the definition of governance, how governance differs from government and why this distinction is important for policy makers in the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal context.
IOG staff participated in eight seminars held across the country to examine trends in diverse areas, and produced several papers including this one.
An examination of what constitutes an exemplary company in the eyes of senior public officials. It also shows how admired companies view their relationships with the public sector and with civil society.