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Unformatted text preview: Guiding principles for implementation Good Governance The Australian Governments Overseas Aid Program Good Governance - Guiding principles for implementation Good governance: Guiding principles for implementation Foreword Good governance has long been a topic of discussion in the international arena, and particularly in the field of development assistance. Indeed, good governance is pivotal to the development process. The Australian Government believes our country has a central role to play as an advocate of good governance. This was illustrated by member countries of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights voting almost unanimously in 2000 to support an Australian-led resolution on good governance. This was a ground- breaking resolution, heralding new international thinking on the connections between human rights and transparent, accountable and participatory government. Australia joins this debate on governance as a strong, stable and significant regional power with a long and robust liberal-democratic tradition. This is the context that underpins our policy dialogue and our aid programs. Governance issues differ from place to place, and the solutions to governance problems must be tailored individually. But although we will never have a one size fits all solution to governance issues, there are clear priority areas outlined in this paper where Australian development assistance can foster good governance in partner countries. Drawing from both Australian and international experience, we have identified some broad guiding principles for implementing the aid programs governance activities. These recognise the need for a long-term, comprehensive yet flexible approach. Furthermore, it is vital Australias governance assistance activities are based on a sound understanding of local conditions and genuine ownership of reform processes within the partner country. I am confident that the priorities and principles identified here will help Australia implement an effective, high quality program of assistance in support of good governance in our partner developing countries. Alexander Downer Minister for Foreign Affairs August 2000 1 'It is vital Australias governance assistance activities are based on a sound understanding of local conditions and genuine ownership of reform processes within the partner country.' Contents 1 Foreword 3 Good governance and a good society 5 Good governance and development 7 Good governance through development assistance 11 Making Australian assistance work Commonwealth of Australia 2000 This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth available from AusInfo....
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