In order to stop corruption, Good Governance Seminar urges UN to prioritise good governance

On 5 September, signatory organisers and delegates of the Advancing Good Governance in International Development seminar backed the following statement, urging the international community to take up the fight against corruption and make good governance a stand-alone goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 

“Corrupt governments steal resources from citizens, perverting economic and social development in their countries. Opaque financial institutions undermine economic stability, poisoning the environment for investment. Companies that exclude the communities directly affected by their activities lack legitimacy and ultimately fail. Ineffective development agencies and NGOs lead to wasted resources and undermine the capacity of institutions in developing countries. Governments that are not accountable and responsive to the desires of their constituents create social unrest.  

“Today, through social media and mass globalisation, many citizens have access to information that exposes bad business practices, unjust government, and ineffective development efforts. In this context, citizens demand that the institutions and organisations driving global development be transparent, accountable, inclusive, principles-based and fair in order to produce effective and just development outcomes. For those citizens who do not have such access to information, it is incumbent on the international development community to make these demands on their behalf. 

“We therefore strongly urge that the international community respond to this demand and ensure that these principles are prioritised, promoted and protected in international development by making good governance for all the institutions and organisations driving global development –including development agencies, donors, NGOs, private companies, and governments –a stand-alone goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It is our view that only with good governance, as both an essential outcome and an enabler of development, will development be just, accountable and effective for the people it exists to serve.”