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Good Governance and democracy

Most of the Commission’s work hinges on good governance. According to the United Nations, governance means “the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)”. Good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law. Governance assures that corruption is minimised, the views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making. It is also responsive to the present and future needs of society. As stipulated in the Commission’s strategic plan, ‘Good Governance’ is an integral part of the Commission’s mandate. The Commission recognises that access to justice, rule of law, gender equity and social inclusion may be defeated if governance systems are overlooked. It is only when there is good governance that human rights will be enjoyed by the citizenry. The Commission conducts continuous assessments on levels of accountability at community and district levels within the Archdiocese as per mandate and generate evidence for on-need engagements with relevant duty bearers and stakeholders for enhanced transparency and accountability. This is made possible through the engagement of Parish Committees and well-trained Community Based Educators (CBEs) spread across the Archdiocese.