State-Level Governance

This is an open programme and in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Good governance is necessary both for a cohesive society and as a fundamental framework for economic growth and its consequent increase in nationwide prosperity. Research shows that societies with more effective and accountable approaches to governance perform better on both economic and social indices.

Governance of a country (or a region or locality) involves many factors including accountability, efficiency, participation and transparency. This seminar will examine good governance principles and how these can be applied to all aspects of governing economies and societies.

Who is the seminar designed for?

The seminar is designed to provide a deep and practical analysis of governance principles and their application, as well as examining their relevance to economic growth and social cohesion. As such, it is of importance and relevance for people working at all organisational levels in government, as well as for staff in non-governmental organisations.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will benefit from exploring how to apply governance principles in a way that improves economic and social development. You will have a framework for considering how governance can be improved where you are, and how to implement these improvements. The insights from the seminar will support strategy and policy development in government.

Learning Outcomes

You will:

  • Understand what governance means for countries, regions and localities
  • Gain practical insights on how to strengthen accountability and scrutiny
  • Understand what hinders efficiency in government and how to address this
  • Appreciate the importance of participation and consultation in governance processes, including in policy development and delivery
  • Explore ways of increasing transparency in governance processes


Welcome and Introductions

Session One Accountability and Governance

Overview of the principles and characteristics of inclusive governance

Network governance and why it matters

Four key dimensions of governance

Governance and improving government policies

Why accountability is the cornerstone of effective governance

Mechanisms for scrutiny

Discussion of delegates’ experiences and sharing of approaches

Session Two Efficiency and Good Governance

Making the best use of available resources and targeting government resources effectively

Ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of the environment

Avoiding waste in government

Practical anti-corruption mechanisms

“Whistle blower” protection

Monitoring outcomes for citizens, evaluating programmes and ensuring continuous improvement

Discussion of delegates’ ideas and current initiatives for improving accountability

Main Break

Session Three Participation and Empowerment

Mechanisms for improving citizen participation

Effective consultation for better government policies

Engaging stakeholders effectively

Taking an inclusive approach – empowering those who are in most need of help

Facilitated discussion

Session Four Transparency

International transparency frameworks

Ensuring decisions taken and their enforcement are done in a manner that follows transparent rules and regulations

Ensuring effective disclosure

Presenting information in an accessible format

Responsiveness and continuous improvement

Delegate discussion and questions


This is an open programme and in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.