Elements of Good Governance: A Refresher Course Customised & Freely Available to the British Government

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1. Rule of Law
Fair legal frameworks that are enforced by an impartial regulatory body, for the full protection of stakeholders.

2. Transparency
Information is provided in easily understandable forms and media; that it should be freely available and directly accessible to those who will be affected by governance policies and practices, as well as the outcomes resulting therefrom; and that any decisions taken and their enforcement are in compliance with established rules and regulations.

3. Responsiveness
Processes are designed to serve the best interests of stakeholders within a reasonable timeframe.

4. Consensus Oriented
Consultation to understand the different interests of stakeholders in order to reach a broad consensus of what is in the best interest of the entire stakeholder group and how this can be achieved in a sustainable and prudent manner.

5. Equity and Inclusiveness
Opportunity for stakeholders to maintain, enhance, or generally improve their well-being.

6. Effectiveness and Efficiency
Processes to produce favourable results meet the needs of stakeholders, while making the best use of resources – human, technological, financial, natural and environmental – at its disposal.

7. Accountability
A key tenet of good governance. Accountability is to those who will be affected by decisions or actions as well as the applicable rules of law.

8. Participation
Participation needs to be informed and organised, including freedom of expression and assiduous concern for the best interests of the society in general.

9. Experience, Approachability & Tactfulness
When talking about experience we’re talking about it in terms of relevant amount of exposure (in key position)/knowledge base of ministers in the area of assignment. This does NOT relate to experience in being in government in itself.

Let’s get back to basics shall we….

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