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How to assess democratic governance

This section addresses the need to better understand various methods and approaches to assess and measure democratic governance and its links to pro-poor planning, budgeting, and delivery of the MDGs. It aims to help in analysing the viability of various approaches in terms of the implications for participation, consultation, accountability, transparency, representation, deliberation, and decision-making for democratising the institutions, rules, and overall governance.

Latest Documents

Food prices and political instability
R. Arezki; M. Brückner / Economic Research Forum, Egypt 2011
It is often claimed by policy makers and the media that increases in international food prices put at stake the intra-state stability of the world's poorest countries. This paper examines the effects that variations in the internation...
Understanding democratic transitions in the Arab world
I. Elbadawi; S. Makdisi / Economic Research Forum, Egypt 2013
The so-called “Arab uprising” is deemed to be a new trajectory of transitions to democracy. This paper analyses the factors that underlie this transition, coding “democratic transitions” as a multi-year phenome...
Unconstitutional changes of government: the democrat’s dilemma in Africa
K. Sturman / South African Institute of International Affairs 2011
Since 2002, a well-established principle and practice of the African Union (AU) has been the rejection of unconstitutional changes of government. The use of this instrument of democracy promotion has set the AU apart from its predeces...
How can we measure public administration performance? A guide
M. Laberge (ed); J. Nahem (ed); K. Brown / United Nations Development Programme 2009
The proliferation of different public administration (PA) assessment tools has resulted in some confusion about which tools to use, how they should be applied and their weaknesses and strengths. This guide is intended for UNDP Country...
National Human Development Reports and their use of democratic governance indicators
J. Nahem (ed) / United Nations Development Programme 2004
There exists a multiplicity of governance indicators that are almost exclusively used as country-ranking instruments intended for business investment, donor allocation, civil society advocacy and academic purposes. The majority are of...

Governance Assessment Portal



These how-to pages bring together various methods and experiences in a step by step guide to governance assessments at the country level. It constitutes a live document and a continously growing repository of knowledge on practices of governance assessments. More...

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