Building Trust in Government

Innovations in Governance Reform in Asia

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The ability of governments and the global community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, ensure security, and promote adherence to basic standards of human rights depends on people's trust in their government. This book seeks to answer many of the questions raised in reference to means of strengthening trust in government within the Asia Pacific region. Through analyses of trends within North-East Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific Islands and specific innovations and reforms at the country level, it provides various perspectives on the causes of the decline in trust, countries and institutions that have managed to maintain higher degrees of confidence, and governance innovations and practices that have played an important role in strengthening trust once it has faltered.



Trust in government in the Pacific Islands

This chapter explores trust and governance issues that were identified at two Regional Forums on Reinventing Government in the Pacific Islands, convened in October 2004 in Samoa (UNDESA 2004) and February 2006 in Fiji (UNDESA 2006). Participants included ministers, senior government officials, members of parliament, and civil society representatives, and members from academia within Pacific Island universities. Points raised at these two meetings were then further analyzed within the Workshop on Promoting Trust in Government, held in January 2008 in Hawai’i (UNDESA 2008), alongside results from the Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia sub-regions.


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