Recently the terms "governance" and "good governance" are being increasingly used in development literature. Bad governance is being increasingly regarded as one of the root causes of all evil within our societies. Major donors and international financial institutions are increasingly basing their aid and loans on the condition that reforms that ensure "good governance" are undertaken.
This article tries to explain, as simply as possible, what "governance" and "good governance" means.
The outcome of the meeting was this communiqué with five recommendations to achieve a vision of universal and well-functioning CRVS systems in all Asian and Pacific countries, including for 2015-2024 to be a CRVS decade and for there to be a target of universal CRVS in the post-2015 development agenda.
This resolution called for ESCAP and development partners to convene the High-level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific. Among other things, it encourages members to review and assess the current functioning of CRVS systems so that the results of the country assessment can be incorporated into national strategies and plans.