Governance

Sector Challenges

Governance is the exercise of authority or power to manage a country’s economic, political and administrative affairs. It consists of mechanisms, processes and institutions through which civil society groups and public institutions articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mitigate differences. Effective governance is a facilitator to poverty reduction and a guarantor of human rights.

In fragile or conflict-affected states, governance is often inefficient and corruption omnipresent. Poor governance enables the abuse of authority, lack of public transparency, weak justice systems and incoherent policy development and delivery. These limit economic growth, diminish institutional trust, distort competition, promote non-authoritarian regimes and disproportionately impact on poor and marginalized citizens. In these settings, long-term reform agendas fail because short-term (frequently personal) gain is prioritised over the national interest.

Practice leader

Sector Challenges

Governance is the exercise of authority or power to manage a country’s economic, political and administrative affairs. It consists of mechanisms, processes and institutions through which civil society groups and public institutions articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mitigate differences. Effective governance is a facilitator to poverty reduction and a guarantor of human rights.

In fragile or conflict-affected states, governance is often inefficient and corruption omnipresent. Poor governance enables the abuse of authority, lack of public transparency, weak justice systems and incoherent policy development and delivery. These limit economic growth, diminish institutional trust, distort competition, promote non-authoritarian regimes and disproportionately impact on poor and marginalized citizens. In these settings, long-term reform agendas fail because short-term (frequently personal) gain is prioritised over the national interest.

Socaba Services

Socaba supports capacity-building processes within public institutions promoting, amongst others, security, the rule of law, access to justice, health and education. Socaba works with civil society to enhance the capability, ownership and governance of local, national and international civil society organisations and public institutions. Socaba offers the following in support of effective governance actions:

Application of advanced analytical tools to enhance the understanding of why capacity building activities are ineffective

Strengthening domestic and international institutions through training of individuals and evaluation of programmes and projects

Facilitation of constructive dialogue between affected groups to address extant challenges and root causes, and secure the commitment of all sides to solutions moving forward

Risk-informed evaluation and monitoring of results from capacity building activities

Project management of public and international programmes including coordination of logistics and financial management

Development tools to strengthen partnerships between public institutions and civil society through short- and long-term strategies

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