Good governance of a single society, whether at local or national level is a durable and transparent process in which decisions are made through the interaction of public and private institutions, government and civil organizations, with the goal of providing an opportunity for stakeholders to identify and formulate their interests in the best possible way, while respecting differences. Application of the principle of good governance should become practice in the daily work and functioning of local governments, which contributes to improving the economic and social development of communities.
Good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law. It assures that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making. It is also responsive to the present and future needs of society.
Anyone affected by or interested in a decision should have the opportunity to participate in the process for making that decision. Good governance requires mediation of the different interests in society to reach a broad consensus in society on what is in the best interest of the whole community and how this can be achieved. Accountability is a fundamental requirement of good governance. Local government has an obligation to report, explain and be answerable for the consequences of decisions it has made on behalf of the community it represents. This means that decisions are consistent with relevant legislation or common law and are within the powers of council; good governance requires fair legal frameworks that are enforced impartially. Local governments should always try to serve the needs of the entire community while balancing competing interests in a timely, appropriate and responsive manner. A society’s well- being depends on ensuring that all of its members feel that they have a stake in it and do not feel excluded from mainstream society. Local governments should implement decisions and follow processes that make the best use of the available people, resources and time to ensure the best possible results for their community.
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