What’s behind the demand for governance?

The United Nations My World survey of people’s priorities for the future shows that voters from around the world care deeply about ‘an honest and responsive government’ – almost as much as ‘a good education’, ‘better healthcare’ and ‘better job opportunities’.

But why are so many My World voters prioritising governance? And do they value some aspects more than others? In a new ODI report Gina Bergh, Alina Rocha Menocal and Laura Rodríguez Takeuchi explore this question, and assess its implications for a post-2015 goals framework.

MY World priorities rankings (as of 12/02/2014)

governance my world graph

Comparing My World survey data with evidence from global perception surveys and participatory research on people’s views about governance, they find that that:

– People across the world care deeply about governance, but some dimensions of governance emerge as more important to them than others

– People’s top priority is for governments that are honest and effective and can deliver on their needs and expectations. Political freedoms are also important, but remain secondary to concerns about performance and the delivery of goods and services.

– A post-2015 framework that responds to these views would focus more on the capacity of governments to deliver than on specific institutional forms, with targets designed to strengthen performance across other goals.

The full summary and report are available hereA related blog on the Foreign Policy can be read here.

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