Saturday, 4 December 1999

From "The emergence of the governance agenda: sovereignty, neo-liberal bias and the politics of international development"

From Rob Jenkins (in the Companion to development studies, p. 485).

The notion of good governance should, in principle, refer to any mode of public decision-making that helps to advance human welfare, however conceived. But because of the heavy influence of aid donors, governance has come to be associated with institutions designed to support market-led development.

[...] Development consultants deployed to overhaul failing Third World states have seized upon two suitably plastic ideas in particular: participation and accountability. Improving both, while not undermining managerial efficiency, has been the focus of intensive development intervention [...]

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