Commonwealth Governance and Growth


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The 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Colombo, Sri Lanka) focused on ‘Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development’.

Throughout the Commonwealth, governments are under unprecedented pressure from domestic and international stakeholders to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth, new employment opportunities, more transparent and accountable governance, and better public services and infrastructure, despite increasing strains on national budgets. There are many ways in which the private sector can partner with governments to help them achieve these aims, from classic public-private partnership (PPP) models through to social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Commonwealth Governance and Growth 2014 is the first publication to look at these various models in theory and practice across the 53 Commonwealth member countries.

The Commonwealth Secretariat, through its Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD), promotes effective, efficient and equitable public governance in member countries: a work programme that bridges the defining Commonwealth pillars of democracy, development and diversity.

Commonwealth Governance and Growth 2014 brings together various perspectives and experiences of public-private partnering for national development from experts at the Commonwealth Secretariat and also from senior officials and executives within government, industry, academia and the development community. This publication includes 53 comprehensive country profiles, as well as articles on:

  • Social and physical infrastructure investment
  • Models of strategic partnership between the private and public sectors
  • Leadership, human resources and state capacity
  • Regulatory, legal and taxation issues


Good governance as a prerequisite for democracy and development

Tim Newman, acting director, GIDD

There is growing recognition of the need to place governance reforms – particularly the development of strong and effective public institutions – at the heart of aid effectiveness. As argued by Betts and Wedgwood: ‘States can only manage development properly, and achieve the sorts of results intended, when they are underpinned by effective and accountable institutions and systems.’ This is borne out by…  More…

Commonwealth Governance and Growth