Leadership & GovernanceWhy Good, Capable Governance Matters
Good Governance & National Prosperity
How do governments contribute to national development and prosperity? At best, their exact functions and roles are sometimes misunderstood, and they are often seen mainly as regulators or lawmakers. At worst, governments are sometimes vilified as wasteful, bureaucratic and parasitic – obstacles to growth and progress.
Fortunately, we now understand that just as governments need the support of markets and citizens to perform their duties well, they are also important for creating the right conditions and environment that companies, investors and people require to flourish. For instance, sound education and healthcare policies raise the qualifications and energy of the national workforce, while good tax and investment laws give businesses confidence and clarity. Courts enforce contracts and property rights, security and defence services provide the stability that all economic activity requires, and public works and infrastructure form the backbone of economic processes like distribution and logistics, transport and communications.
Markets need government, just as governments need the market.
A Vision of Enlightened Governance
Engaging government officers at a range of levels and seniority allows Freedom to Create to:
- Identify and pursue both “quick wins with huge impact” (e.g. when identifying and empowering a senior leader) and “gradual gains with broad impact over time” (by improving the general skill, capacity and values of the government);
- Build inclusive groups of stakeholders at the policy and political level;
- Enhance programme continuity in the long term;
- Identify good leaders at all levels, because senior leaders need the help of good middle-tier leaders to oversee and lead the direct implementation of policies and reforms;
- Build broad based capacity throughout the public service (e.g. technical capacity at junior level, complex system management capacity at senior level);
- Build up alumni networks for mutual help and support.