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What is Co-Governance

Handbook of Research on Sub-National Governance and Development
Describes a situation in which an institution of government shares with one or more entities, typically community-based organisations, the decision right in respect of a matter over which the institution has the formal decision-making power.
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Subnational Governance and Development: A New Perspective
Jenny Hodgson (Global Fund for Community Foundations, South Africa), Peter McKinlay (McKinlay Douglas Ltd., New Zealand), and Barry Knight (CENTRIS, UK)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1645-3.ch019
This chapter examines how the practice of governance, especially at a subnational level, has been evolving since the 1990s, focusing on the implications for “community governance”. An overview of recent thinking on the nature of governance opens up the question of whether “governance” may be exercised through institutions entirely separate from government. Examples are considered from Australia's experience with “community banking”, and from trusts and foundations that have emerged from major public sector restructuring. The chapter considers the work of the Global Fund for Community Foundations as an important civil society contribution to subnational governance in developing countries, examining the role of foundations in building capacity and capability in disadvantaged communities through a new approach grounded in an understanding of “community governance”. Overall the chapter argues for a broadening in the understanding of governance, from what governments do to encompassing how our communities come together to shape their own futures.
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