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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.

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Building trust in government in South Asia

Developing countries, especially in South Asia, face a constant dilemma of poor governance that has undermined the proficient and impartial delivery of public services and the efficient implementation of programs. This has contributed to political instability, increasing violence, the emergence of extremist groups, and declining citizen trust in government. This chapter examines the role of governments in South Asian countries in promoting good governance, participation, development, and security – four of the cornerstones of building trust in government. The first section describes the historical context of the role of state. This is followed by a discussion of governance practice in South Asia and its impact on building trust. The last three sections examine the participation, development, and security performance of the countries in the region.

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