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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Mar 31, 2012


Weak gover­nance is responsible for per­sistent poverty and lagging human development in Paki­stan, said Shabbir Cheema, Di­rector, Asia-Pacific Gover­nance and Democracy Initiative, East-West Center, Ha­waii, USA. He said Pakistan needs a continuity of demo­cratic process, strong civil so­ciety, hard economic decisions, increase in internal revenue generation which will enable the country to have democratic and effective governance at various levels that delivers.
He was delivering a lecture on “Governance for human devel­opment” organized by Sustain­able Development Policy Insti­tute (SDPI) here on Friday. Dr. Nazr-e-Hyder, Senior Advisor, SDPI chaired the proceedings and maintained that no country can progress without focusing on human development. He said unfortunately, govern­ments efforts at improving hu­man development had miserably failed in Pakistan, and the rea­son are lack of vision at policy level, absence of competence and commitment by political and bureaucratic management, and a strong feudal culture that influences governance in the coun­try.
Mr. Cheema was of the view that democratic governments cannot survive long if they do not build and sustain trust of citizens, which is difficult to build and easy to lose in this age of information. He said, although citizen’s trust in government is promoted by democratic gover­nance, but it is not sufficient to sustain. He said, positive aspect in Pakistan is that now actors from all state institutions want democratic processes to con­tinue, and for the first time in its history an elected government is likely to complete its term. “Pakistan has a resilient society and only if its governance is im­proved, the gaps between Pakistan potential and its performance can be bridged. Cur­rently Pakistan has several opportunities for change in the form of vibrant civil society, open and free media, rise of independent judiciary, huge resource base and individual en­trepreneurship that can be uti­lized for ensuring human devel­opment the country,” he went on commenting.
Shabbir Cheema highlighted significance and interrelations of governance with human development. He said, governance crisis is evident in widespread corrup­tion, inefficient public services, and a host of other failures. Cheema said, Pakistan’s poor rating at World Governance Indicator (WGI) and Human Development Indicator (HDI) reflects that Pa­kistan needs to take drastic steps to improve governance and wel­fare of its citizens. He expressed that weak governance in Pakistan is constraining its ability to cope with core social and development issues which are sustainable economic growth, poverty eradica­tion, education, health, water, en­ergy shortages and radicalization of the society.
He said traditional governance concept comes with hierarchical bureaucratic systems, which only focuses on the maintenance of law and order and the provision of basic infrastructure and services.
He said, now broader concept of governance identifies three sets of actors, the state, civil society and the private sector that co­-produce the governance. He also shared various indicators that measure effectiveness of gover­nance such as people’s voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, govern­ment effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law and control of corruption.
Mr Cheema also said that the external factors and pow­ers had been playing a key role into Pakistan’s today’s situa­tion adding that endgame in Afghanistan will have major impact on Pakistan.