Yojana Magazine: Issue January 2012
The journey of the concept of Good Governance in modern times
has gone through many phases. In the pre-independence period Gandhiji's vision
of good governance essentially meant democratic decentralisation which entailed
power to the Gram Panchayats and people at the lowest level of political
hierarchy. By the early 1990s, however , the idea of good governance had turned
into a metaphor of donor-conditionality for the debt-ridden countries of Asia
and Africa. It was often blamed for social unrest and political upheaval in many
parts of the world. But freed from the element of coercion and external force,
the concept retained a certain attraction spurring a number of policy
initiatives based on the demand for participatory development, transparency in
decision making and empowerment of people to decide and shape their destiny.
Courtesy: Yojana Govt.