Trust plays a very tangible role in the effectiveness of government. This report examines the influence of trust on policy making and explores some of the steps governments can take to strengthen public trust.
Ensuring that governments reflect the diversity of the societies they represent guarantees a balanced perspective which enables an inclusive approach to policy making and service delivery.
The deterioration of trust in government in many OECD countries compromises the willingness of citizens and business to respond to public policies and contribute to a sustainable economic recovery.
The 'water crisis' is largely a governance crisis. There is enough water on Earth for all, even in areas where temporary shortages may exist. Managing water for all is not only a question of hydrology and money, but equally a matter of good governance.
Infrastructure poses many challenges, from technical and budgetary concerns to delivery and governance issues. But it is crucial for both productivity and inclusiveness.
Greater transparency and public participation in governments can not only lead to better policies and services, they can also promote public sector integrity and promote trust.