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China: Support for the Development of a Social Governance Assessment Framework in China
China's recent development policies have witnessed a shift from a growth-oriented model to one that incorporates and places increasingly more emphasis on equality, inclusion, and balance as key factors. This shift has created new needs for the government and other social sectors to improve their understanding of, and capacity to excercise good governance.
While tools for assessing economic and social development have been relatively better developed in China, there exists a significant gap in the governance aspect. To address this, the development of an assessment framework that incorporates key dimensions of democratic governance was a key step. The process involved in achieving consensus on the different dimensions of what good governance entails was deemed to be as important as the agreement on the dimensions of the framework. Consensus was reached through discussions, debates, and interaction among a wide spectrum of stakeholders, which resulted in 12 dimensions of good governance.
The project facilitated and enhanced national discussions and debates on key components of governance, in the context of China, with the aim of developing a framework for assessment. Through knowledge sharing of best practices and experiences in governance assessment.