Good Governance: definitions and programs

What is good governance (UNESCAP) this page of the UNESCAP website provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the concepts of governance and good governance
Good governance (Wikipedia) the main advantages of Wikipedia’s definition of Good Governance is to provide a series of links for the different features of good governance and – of course – that you can contribute to the definition
World Bank Governance indicators this page presents the updated aggregate governance research indicators for 209 countries for 1996–2004, for six dimensions of governance: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, Control of Corruption
Good Governance (UN, OHCHR) this page is the portal of the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights. It provides valuable explanations about Good Governance and the activities of the OHCHR in that matter.
Democracy, Governance and Human Rights (UNRISD) this is the portal of the United Nations Research institute for social development devoted to Democracy, Governance and Human Rights. It provides documents of reference on the numerous areas of Good governance.
Governance and peace (UN University, docs) this page of the United Nations University’s website presents numerous programs and researches on both governance and peace issues
UNDP Actions for democratic governance this page presents the UNDP’s activities regarding good governance
Democratic governance, Meeting global challenges (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) this page of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the global challenges of Good governance such as:Poverty, inequality and exclusion, Fighting corruption, Global public goods, Security, Local democracy, Conflict prevention and post-conflict situations

The European Union and Good Governance

There is not any document specifically devoted to Good Governance on EUROPA (the EU official online institution network). But there are explanations of the EU policies addressing the diverse issues of good governance on the following pages:

The role of Good Governance in development

Governance for sustainable human development, A UNDP policy document This comprehensive online document by the UNDP emphasizes the ties between sustainable human development and Good governance. It then presents the actions of UNDP in those matters.
UNPD workshop about Good Governance and its relationship to Democracy and Economic Development this document (PDF) drafted by the UNDP introduces the concepts of Good Governance, Democracy and Economic Development and focuses on the relationship between the three of them.
Development and Human Rights: the role of the WB this document (available in PDF on this page) explains the role of the World Bank regarding both development and Human Rights. It is a good example of the deep relation between Good governance and the other features of development

Good Governance and the challenge of globalization

Governance and globalization, UNESCO MOST program this page gives you access to many articles about governance and globalization written within the UNESCO program MOST. The primary purpose of The Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme is to transfer relevant Social Sciences research findings and data to decision-makers and other stake-holders.
Democratising Global Governance: The Challenges of the World Social Forum (UNESCO MOST Article) This paper sums up the debate that took place during the two round tables organized by UNESCO within the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (25/30 January 2001). It starts with a discussion of national processes, by examining democracy and then governance at the national level. It first states a case for a "joint" governance based on a combination of stakeholder theory, which is derived from corporate governance, and of UNESCO's priorities in the field of governance. As an example, the paper investigates how governance can deviate from democracy in the East Asian model. Subsequently, the global dimension of the debate on democracy and governance is examined, first by identification of the characteristics and agents of democracy in the global setting, and then by allusion to the difficulties of transposing governance to the global level.
Critical Choices: The UN, Networks and the future of global governance (the International Development Research Center) This book (that you can read online on IDRC website) looks at one such tool: global public policy networks. In these networks, governments, international organizations, the corporate sector, and civil society join together to achieve what none can accomplish on its own. The authors explore both the promises and the limitations of this new form of global cooperation. They discuss how such networks might contribute to better manage the risks and make use of the opportunities that globalization presents. Finally, they offer provocative advice and solid recommendations on how the United Nations can foster such networks in the years ahead.
Civil Society and and Global Governance (United Nations Background paper) This document deals with the following topics: Citizen participation and the emergence of 'global politics', The vital role of the UN in promoting global governance, and the Risks and the opportunities of the present international scenario

Human Rights

Human Rights (UN) this page is the United Nations portal about Human Rights. It provides explanations about the UN activities and documents of reference regarding the many Human Rights related issues.
OHCHR this is the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights. It provides valuable information about the many different aspects of development in which Human Rights are involved: Right to development, right-based approaches, Poverty, Good Governance etc.
HUMAN RIGHTS outside the EUROPEAN UNION (EUROPA) this page provides summaries of the EU policies regarding the many aspects of EU fight for Human Rights
Promotion of Human Rights and Democratisation in the European Union's External Relations this page of the European Commission General Direction for External Relations provides comprehensive documentation about the diverse aspects the EU involvement for the promotion of Human Rights and Democratisation.
Human Rights Watch this is the website of the famous Non Governmental Organization Human Rights Watch. This site notably gives access to the numerous reports conducted by the organization on various subjects everywhere in the world.
Amnesty International Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
Human Rights, Justice and exclusion (forum Barcelona 2004) this page provides the synthesises of the dialogues of the Barcelona 2004 forum (co-organized by the UNESCO) regarding Human Rights, Justice and Exclusion


The global programme against corruption (unodc) this section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes website is specifically dedicated to the fighting against corruption. It provides information on UN Convention against Corruption, Country Projects, Interagency Coordination, Judicial Integrity etc…
Governance and anti-corruption (World Bank) this is section of the World Bank website devoted to the fight against corruption. It mainly provides information on the institution’s activities in this field.
A comprehensive EU anti-corruption policy (EUROPA) this page provides a comprehensive summary of the overall EU policy on fighting corruption: “The Communication reviews the EU's progress in tackling corruption and suggests improvements to give fresh impetus to these efforts. The aim is to reduce all forms of corruption, at every level, in all EU countries and institutions and even outside the EU. The text also aims to identify possible areas where the EU might be an appropriate actor to take future initiatives in the fight against corruption.”
Fraud, counterfeit, corruption (EUROPA) this page provides explanations about all the EU policies regarding Fraud (including corruption)
Transparency International homepage Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.
The Internet Center for Corruption Research The Internet Center for Corruption Research provides you with the Transparency International-Corruption Perceptions Index, a comparative assessment of countries' integrity performance, alongside with related academic research on corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia The Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia is a significant entrance way to information about combating corruption.  It offers primary materials and direct links to major information sources for anti-corruption practitioners and analysts engaged in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The Gateway serves as an easily accessible repository of anti-corruption project documentation, legislation, regional and international agreements, news, survey results, reports, and research
GRECO (group of states against corruption) The GRECO was conceived as a flexible and efficient follow-up mechanism, called to monitor, through a process of mutual evaluation and peer pressure, the observance of the Guiding Principles in the Fight against Corruption and the implementation of international legal instruments adopted in pursuance of the Programme of Action against Corruption. Full membership of the GRECO is reserved to those who participate fully in the mutual evaluation process and accept to be evaluated.
OECD website on Corruption this the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development page about corruption. It provides statistics, publications and documents, and information by country
Good governance and corruption (EurActiv) This page of (the independent media portal dedicated to EU affairs) provides a comprehensive overview that face the EU as well as the international community.
UNICORN global union anti-corruption network UNICORN is a Global Unions Anti-corruption Network. Its overall aim is to mobilise and support trade unions to combat corruption

Conflict prevention

Conflict prevention and reconstruction (World Bank) this is the section of the World bank dedicated to conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction. It provides information on the World Bank activities in this field, news, operational resources, publications etc.
Conflict prevention, peace-building and development (United Nations DESA) This is the section of the UN website dedicated to Conflict prevention
Conflict Prevention & Civilian Crisis Management (EU external relations DG) This section of the website of the European Union external relations General Direction provides comprehensive explanations and documents about the EU’s policies and actions on Conflit Prevention 
Conflict Prevention Partnership The Conflict Prevention Partnership is a cooperative effort by the International Crisis Group, International Alert, the European Policy Centre and the European Peace-building Liaison Office, whose aim is to work to prevent conflicts worldwide by helping improve the European Union's conflict prevention, crisis management and peace-building capacities.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) The DAC Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Co-operation is the international forum that brings together conflict prevention and peace-building experts from bilateral and multilateral development agencies, including from the UN system, EC, IMF and World Bank. These experts meet to define and develop common approaches in support of peace. The CPDC is a subsidiary group of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)