It’s the film that matters, not the photo: good governance in development co-operation

Murphy, David F. ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) It’s the film that matters, not the photo: good governance in development co-operation. In: Shah, Rupesh, Murphy, David F. and McIntosh, Malcolm, (eds.) Something to believe in: creating trust and hope in organisations: stories of transparency, accountability and governance. Greenleaf Publishing, Shipley, UK, pp. 224-230. Full text not available from this repository.

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The quality of governance is increasingly gaining recognition as both a precondition and foundation for sustainable development. Governance-related issues such as equality of opportunity, democratic processes, the fight against corruption, peace-building and conflict prevention all enhance opportunities for political and economic participation by disadvantaged people. Strengthening democratic systems also helps to create conditions for greater equity and participation by the poorest in the development process. From the World Bank and the UNDP to the European Union (EU) and its member states, good governance has emerged in recent years as a new donor criterion for selecting partner developing countries. Many donors now see good governance as a precondition for successful poverty reduction and as a development goal in its own right. There is also evidence of growing recognition of the importance of good governance at the regional and inter-governmental levels. For example, African heads of state and government lead the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to address poverty in the continent through sustainable development, based on conflict prevention, sound economic governance and accountable political democracy. There are also numerous governance-related initiatives being promoted and developed by NGOs, businesses and other non-state actors worldwide to improve public- and private-sector transparency, fight corruption and promote more inclusive models of decision-making. This chapter explores the growing importance of good governance in development policy and action.

This chapter is based on emerging findings from a New Academy of Business study on EU member state and other donor approaches to good governance. Commissioned by the European Community Poverty Reduction Effectiveness Programme (EC-PREP), the study is expected to make a contribution to the definition of an EU policy framework on governance. The New Academy of Business study team comprises David F. Murphy, Susan Barrett and Eva Hansen.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing
ISBN: 9781874719694
Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS) > Business
Research Centres > Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
Additional Information: Chapter 21 within book. This book was first published in 2003 by Greenleaf Publishing Limited.
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