Effective governance

Working as a governance specialist, you sometimes are put in a corner where governance is something separate from other issues, or limited to specific ones such as anti-corruption, transparency and accountability, or apparently technical issues of public financial management and procurement.

Sometimes it is expected that these issues be dealt with in a technical manner to provide more effective governance in sectors and across governments and government levels.

Governance is of course not everything, but the challenges of governance are everywhere: institutions may not perform effectively, distorted incentives may impede collective action to address shared problems, and interests may be so diverse or even opposed that the prospective of brokering a powerful coalition of change may be bleak.

Power and politics matter, as they are both the sources of positive energy of change.