DEMOCRACY IN CONTEXT

Our strategy highlights the centrality of participation, and accountability to the achievement of human rights, and democratic governance. We also recognize that support for democracy, human rights and governance is vital to the pursuit of freedom and national security. All these factors must be present in good governance

Accountability is a key requirement of good governance. Not only governmental institutions but also the private sector and civil society organizations must be accountable to the public and to their institutional stakeholders. Who is accountable to whom varies depending on whether decisions or actions taken are internal or external to an organization or institution. In general an organization or an institution is accountable to those who will be affected by its decisions or actions. Accountability cannot be enforced without transparency and the rule of law.

Participation needs to be informed and organized. This means freedom of association and expression on the one hand and an organized civil society on the other hand.

Transparency means that decisions taken by those in power and government and there enforcement are done in a manner that follows rules and regulations. Information must be freely available and directly accessible to those who will be affected by such decisions and the enforcement. Government must provide enough information  in easily understandable forms and media.

Rule of Law: Good governance requires fair legal frameworks that are enforced impartially. It also requires full protection of human rights,particularly those of minorities. Impartial enforcement of laws requires an independent judiciary and an impartial and incorruptible police force.

Responsiveness: Good governance requires that institutions and processes try to serve all stakeholders within a reasonable time frame.

Consensus Oriented: There are several actors and as many view points in a given society. 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. It also requires a broad and long-term perspective on what is needed for sustainable human development and how to achieve the goals of such development. This can only result from an understanding of the historical, cultural and social contexts of a given society or community.

Equity and Inclusiveness: A society’s well being depends on ensuring that all its members feel that they have a stake in it and do not feel excluded from the mainstream of society. This requires all groups, but particularly the most vulnerable, have opportunities to improve or maintain their well being.

OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Our goal is to support the establishment and consolidation of inclusive and accountable democracies to advance freedom, dignity and development. To achieve this goal,  CIPDI has set out four strategic objectives:

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