Good governance involves the effective, equitable, transparent and accountable use of power, as well as social and economic resources by all levels of the government, and society for the common good. Effective governance systems are an essential component of successful socio-economic development; poor governance, on the contrary, contributes to economic stagnation, poverty, marginalization, and even conflict.  

WUSC works to improve governance systems allowing for better poverty reduction, delivery of essential services and community insight. WUSC promotes good governance in the following ways:

  • supporting the Ministry of Education’s efforts to improve and decentralize education in Ghana;
  • strengthening the democratic governance and community outreach practices of institutions in Indonesia;
  • improving the capacity of local governments to coordinate, plan, and deliver basic services and engage their communities in Ghana;
  • strengthening the capacity of local water and sanitation providers to manage their resources and engage their communities in Peru;
  • empowering residents of plantation communities in Sri Lanka to exercise their rights as both citizens and community members.