Public Service Delivery and Empowerment
Edited by Anil B. Deolalikar, Shikha Jha and Pilipinas F. Quising
Chapter 2: Governance in developing Asia: concepts, measurements, determinants and a paradox
There is broad consensus in the development community that governance has a critical bearing on economic and social outcomes—and this is prominently reflected in the international development agenda. As well as being a Millennium Development Goal that affirms a commitment to good governance (nationally and internationally), governance is a critical determining criterion in the allocation of aid under the Millennium Challenge Account of the United States (US) government and the International Development Association resources of the World Bank. Following the lead of the World Bank, all multilateral development and financial institutions actively pursue governance reform in developing countries. This agenda reflects the current development paradigm that views good governance as essential to economic growth, with good governance promoting a more efficient division of labor, higher productivity of investment and the efficient implementation of social and economic policies (United Nations 2005).
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