MDGs & Governance

The eight Millennium Development Goals(MDGs)

The importance of good governance and the strengthening of trust in government become increasingly salient in the context of the Millennium Development Goals. The achievement of the MDGs will require substantially scaling up investments in developing countries, which in turn will require good governance for the proper utilization of the additional resources.

Thus the rules, structures and mechanisms for mobilizing external assistance for achieving the MDGs are linked to good governance. At the national and local level, bringing about any change, like achieving the MDGs, requires a conducive policy environment, adequate resources and an enabling institutional framework. These elements subsume the critical dimensions of good governance, which may be categorized as a pro-poor policy framework, public administration and civil services, and decentralization and delivery of services.

The cross-cutting dimensions include accountability and transparency, rule of law, human rights and the role of civil society.