What is good government

Good governance

Promoting good governance and combating corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing are among the main activities of the Office of the Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities of the OSCE (OCEEA). These activities are based on a number of decisions by the Council of Ministers and the Permanent Council of the OSCE, including the Decision of the Council of Ministers of Basel 2014 on the prevention of corruption and the 2012 Dublin Council of Ministers Declaration on Strengthening Good Governance and Combating Corruption, Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism. In order to help the participating States implement responsible economic governance, build resilient anti-money laundering systems, a strong ethical foundation, and sound financial and resource management, the OCEEA supports national reforms and transparency initiatives as well as the development and implementation of more effective strategies and anti-corruption mechanisms.

To ensure the quality and effectiveness of legislation in the human dimension, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights OSCE (ODIHR) assists participating States in reviewing their legislative systems and relevant bills and laws. For this support, the office draws on guidelines for lawmaking in specific areas - such as elections, freedom of assembly and party laws - and uses the resources of the online database for legal provisions of the ODIHR Legislationline.org

The OCEEA and a number of OSCE field operations aim to make good governance a priority in their work through:

  • Strengthening collaboration between multiple stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society;
  • Providing targeted technical and capacity building support, including through training and awareness campaigns;
  • Promoting cooperation and coordination between authorities;
  • Supporting government efforts to fight corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing;
  • Implementation of targeted training events to avoid conflicts of interest;
  • Support the development of anti-corruption strategies, action plans and institutions;
  • Promoting integrity in public services through the development and implementation of codes of ethics and asset disclosure mechanisms;
  • Rules for the protection of whistleblowers;
  • Appropriate and transparent public procurement processes;
  • Improvement of the relevant legal framework;
  • Advice on improving transparency and citizen participation;
  • Increasing the proportion of women and young people in decision-making processes;
  • Improving the management of public funds;
  • Support for legislative reform and simplification;
  • Introduction of e-governance solutions.