Apply good governance


IT is interesting and frightening to hear and read what is transpiring in our country concerning pressing social and political issues.
I want to discuss some ideas on the direction the Government should be taking concerning the justice and governance of this nation.
The concept of governance is not new.
It is as old as civilisation.
Simply put, governance means the process of decision making and the process by which decisions are implemented.
It can be used in several contexts such as corporate governance, international governance, national governance or local governance.
An analysis of governance focuses on the formal/informal actors involved in decision-making and its implementation as well as the formal/informal structures that have been set in place to arrive at and implement a decision.
All actors other than the government and the military are grouped together as part of civil society.
In some countries, in addition to civil society, organised crime syndicates influence decision-making, particularly in urban areas and at the national level.
Similarly, government structures are the means by which decisions are arrived at and implemented.
At the national level, informal decision-making structures, such as kitchen cabinets or informal advisers may exist.
In urban areas, organised syndicates such as the land mafia may influence decision-making, or even local powerful families in some rural areas, which often result in corrupt practices.
It should be clear that good governance is an ideal which is difficult to achieve in its totality.
Very few countries and societies have come close to achieving good governance in its totality.
However, to ensure sustainable human development, actions must be taken to work towards this ideal.
The challenge is very simple; are our elected member of parliaments following the characteristics of good governance?

Eric Mumson Piuk,
Gerehu 24 market

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