Inclusive Governance

guyana-parliamentOutcome 3: Strengthened public participation, trust, and confidence in national governance institutions, including the five Rights Commissions, the Parliament, and GECOM.

Political inclusion of all groups - women, indigenous people, differently abled, youth and the elderly - is essential to reduce the social and economic inequalities and improve access to services in the society, especially in hinterland regions. Although circumstances differ across the 10 regions, the national authorities face the same challenge everywhere: to create an enabling governance environment that is not only aware of, and responsive to, the needs and interests of the most disadvantaged and marginalised – but that also is willing and able to provide sound, effective remedies to the concerns of these groups , examining the application of the principles of equitable access, participation, accountability, and empowerment in governance arenas, and promoting the use of a human rights-based approach to programming on inclusive governance.

To be inclusive is a core value of democratic governance, in terms of equal participation, equal treatment and equal rights before the law. This implies that all people – including the poor, women, ethnic and religious minorities, indigenous peoples and other disadvantaged groups – have the right to participate meaningfully in governance processes and influence decisions that affect them. It also means that governance institutions and policies are accessible, accountable and responsive to disadvantaged groups, protecting their interests and providing diverse groups with equal opportunities for public services such as justice, health, and education. The three traditional branches of governance – legislature, executive and judiciary – along with civil society, the media and the private sector all have unique roles in, and a responsibility to, promoting sustainable human development. Moreover, the diverse functions of these institutions offer multiple opportunities for synergistic policy formulation and programming to promote inclusion of disadvantaged groups and an environment conducive to development.

Here the UNCT is targeting Strengthened public participation, trust, and confidence in national governance institutions, including the five Rights Commissions, the Parliament and GECOM. The following outputs will contribute to the realisation of this outcome:

  1. Strengthened institutional capacity of Rights Commissions;
  2. Participatory parliamentary approaches and functioning strengthened, including greater use of innovative ICT strategies and new age technology (E-Parliament);
  3. Initiatives addressing social cohesion, public trust, human rights, peace building and conflict resolution scaled-up;
  4. GECOM’s capacity strengthened to develop and implement strategies to improve voter confidence and reduce opportunities for dissatisfaction.