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Governance and democracy

A peaceful and productive society is based on effective state institutions. Good governance in this sense means effective and efficient structures which provide optimal support to citizens in leading a safe and productive life in line with their desires and opportunities. Essentially, this involves a combination of democracy, the social welfare state and the rule of law.

Promotion of good governance goes beyond the government sector and includes all relevant actors from the private sector and society. The aims: To balance interests and focus on common goals, particularly reducing poverty and providing access to state services for all. To make administrative structures participative, efficient and solution oriented.


        
    
Good Governance

        
    
Good Governance

GIZ assists its partners in establishing democratic systems and networks across all social groups, as a way of identifying relevant solutions to political, economic and social challenges. We advise at every political level – national, regional and local – and contribute our experience to the institutional reform processes. Respect for human rights and gender equality are central elements in this.

GIZ is active in the field of administration, law and justice, offers effective strategies in the struggle against corruption, and promotes responsible use of public finances. In fragile states, it supports the establishment of the security sector. We do this by providing customised services from a single source. We expand the capability of existing institutions, so that they can manage processes themselves – effectively and efficiently. The benefits are obvious: the future is manageable. We advise you, so you can take control yourself.

DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW


Democracy and state structures

Citizens are demanding the right to have their say and access to public services. GIZ advises governments that are responding to these demands.

Democracy and state structures


Gender equality

Gender equality can only be achieved by securing change at many levels. This is why GIZ’s support ranges from policy advice to media training.

Gender equality


Human rights

To enable everybody to live with dignity, GIZ is working to strengthen human rights. Its partners are states and civil society.

Human rights


Legal and judicial systems

The rule of law underpins development. Support for the legal system is therefore a key issue for international cooperation.

Legal and judicial systems

Urban DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALIZATION


Public finances

GIZ supports ministries, administrative bodies and non-state actors in shaping public finance reforms. The objective is the more effective use of public resources.

Public finances


Policy dialogue and e-governance

Digital information and communication technologies improve transparency in governance and facilitate participation by citizens.

Policy dialogue and e-governance


Resource governance in the extractive sector

Many developing countries have a wealth of mineral deposits. GIZ promotes the responsible use of these resources.

Resource governance in the extractive sector


Urban and regional development

Urban development relies on balancing different interests. GIZ supports joint solutions between administrations and civil society.

Urban and regional development


Administration and integrity

GIZ works to ensure that administrations work efficiently and with integrity to provide citizens with access to public services.

Administration and integrity

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