Vienna supports good governance - Newsletter "International Vienna" 2/2016

Book cover "Good Governance and Youth"

The Vienna-based Go-Governance Institute is an independent and internationally focused institution conducting research on good governance. The term was coined in the 1980s by international organisations such as the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations as a result of their experiences in international financial and development aid. Nowadays, "good governance" refers to a new understanding of government and administration, which comprises the overall management of social development with the involvement of civil society. Today, good governance has become an increasingly important guideline in international relations - particularly in development cooperation - and is a major precondition for human development, whereby "good governance" has shifted its original focus from economic processes and administrative efficiency towards a stronger emphasis on democracy, rule of law and participation.

Viennese institution with international outreach

The activities of the Go-Governance Institute focus on the research and discussion of ways to improve democratic processes as well as of issues like participation, efficient administration, transparency and rule of law. In addition to Austria and Europe, the Institute's work is currently centred on the Black Sea Region. The head of the Institute, political scientist and former professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna Melanie Sully recognised the increasing importance of and need for a new, critical discourse on a modern understanding of democracy. Together with Josef Mantl, she established the Go-Governance Institute in 2012 and since then has organised numerous events promoting dialogue and addressing the issue of democracy with the support of the City of Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and many other partners. Thus, the relatively young Institute can look back on a number of events and international conferences in Austria, Armenia, Georgia, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Turkey.

The City of Vienna acts as a project partner

In cooperation with the City of Vienna, the Go-Governance Institute organised a very successful international conference on "Good Governance and Participation" in Yerevan, Armenia, in 2015. In Armenia, a relatively young democratic country, the issue of youth participation was met with specifically great interest. Based on the conference and its results, the multi-author volume "Good Governance and Youth" was published in the spring of this year. The book addresses the issue of "youth" in different articles on the basis of best practices and case studies from many countries and regions and particularly discusses key areas such as youth participation in elections and referendums, the role of youth in politics at the local, regional, national and European levels and youth participation in cultural projects with social themes.

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