3 reasons ‘governance’ should not only be a stand-alone development goal

Written by Marta Foresti, from the Overseas Development Institute, writing on the Lowy Institute:

“Better governance is increasingly recognised as a key driver of development. So much so that a number of organisations and states are lobbying for a ‘stand-alone’ governance goal to be included in the next global development framework after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.

To support the call for such a stand-alone goal, a fierce debate is under way, including at the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals meeting in New York this week,  about how governance can possibly be measured.

I have concluded that focusing all efforts on a ‘stand-alone’ goal risks missing the point. All eggs are being placed in one basket rather than in a wider strategy to put governance on the global agenda for the next 15 years. Here are three reasons why  governance is not a stand-alone issue:

1.    Much of the debate on a governance goal focuses on how to measure it rather than on whether it will make any real difference.”

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