Why is Good Governance Important?

Good governance is a set of fundamental principles which, if implemented, have real world benefits. Good governance:

  • Leads to better policy outcomes

    A decision-making process that incorporates good governance attributes will, on balance, produce better policy outcomes.

  • Promotes ethical decision-making

    Good governance helps to create an environment in which public officials ask themselves whether something is “the right thing to do” when making decisions.

  • Promotes confidence in government

    Good governance enhances the confidence of citizens in their government, both in terms of how it conducts its business and the outcomes of the decision-making process.

  • Encourages elected and appointed government officials to feel confident about their role in government

    In addition to promoting the confidence of citizens, good governance improves the confidence of public officials in their involvement in government, the decision-making process and the quality of the outcomes that process produces.

  • Helps government meet its constitutional and other legal responsibilities

    When decision-making is conducted in an open, transparent and accountable fashion, and in accord with other good governance attributes, public officials are more likely to conduct their business in compliance with, and thus meet, their constitutional and statutory responsibilities.