Digital technologies are gaining ground – also in terms of administrative structures. According to a UN study, e-governance is gaining in importance worldwide. Authorities and citizens have more and more opportunities to flexibly interact with one another, thereby strengthening democratic principles. However, digital technologies also run the risk of exacerbating social disparities. The current issue of Development in Brief addresses these benefits and challenges of e-governance.
The latest World Development Report ("Governance and the Law") deals with the role of governance and law in the development process. The focus here is not so much on what good governance actually looks like, but under what conditions can policies deemed "good and right" actually be implemented in practice. What are the roles played by power asymmetries, particular interests and clientelism, and how can factors inhibiting development be overcome in this "rules game"?
This latest edition of Development in Brief summarises the main statements of the World Development Report.
Good Governance is a necessary condition for peaceful and sustainable development. With its projects and programmes to promote decentralisation, urban development and administration, public policy and administration as well as peace development and crisis prevention, KfW Development Bank makes a key contribution in different ways to promoting Good Governance, thus helping to shape more just, peaceful and inclusive development processes.