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Navigating The Global Shift Towards Good Governance: The Do’s and Don’ts

Devolution is one of the most noticeable changes brought about by the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, which has been characterized as progressive and transformative on several occasions. One of the national ideals emphasized in Article 10 of the Kenyan Constitution, 2010 is good government. The concept of “good governance” is seen as a crucial guide that helps society move towards a more ethical and sustainable manner of operation.

In navigating this transformative journey, a set of guidelines has emerged over the years in response to the increasing acknowledgement of the pivotal role of effective governance. These guidelines emphasize the significance of accountability, transparency, and sustainability for both businesses and governments in Kenya, underscoring the importance of good governance in fostering positive societal development. 


The Do’s of Good Governance  


  • Maintaining Open Communication 

Make sure that all stakeholders are kept informed about decision-making processes by implementing clear channels of communication. Transparency ought to be a top priority in all operations by revealing essential information to stakeholders, investors, and the public, as the need may be. 


  • The Importance of a Diverse Board and Its Independence 

Encourage a diverse board by acknowledging the merit of different viewpoints. Promote a board of independent personnel capable of offering objective supervision and direction on long-term strategy. 


  • Ethical Leadership

Ensure that all levels of the organization uphold ethical standards, starting from top leadership. Create a strict code of ethics and make it clear that unethical actions will not be tolerated. 


  • Involvement of Stakeholders

Communicate with all parties involved to comprehend and resolve their issues. Incorporate stakeholder input into decision-making processes by developing systems for feedback. 


The Don’ts of Good Governance 


  • Failing to Comply 

Refrain from failing to comply with laws and regulations; doing so constitutes a lack of good governance. Compliance is not a one-time effort or accomplishment; rather, it necessitates ongoing oversight and adjustment. 


  • Equality and Fairness 

Avoid showing favouritism in employment processes or decision-making due to nepotism or cronyism. Prevent the meritocracy of organizational choices from being undermined by personal relationships. 


  • Short-term focus 

Avoid the trap of putting immediate success ahead of long-term viability by focusing on the here and now. Do not give up on ethical concerns to get quick financial gain. 


  • Inadequate Oversight 

Avoid unchecked concentration of power; it risks fostering an environment prone to abuse. Internal and external audits are crucial for accountability, therefore do not underestimate their significance. 


  • Adaptability 

Resist the urge to stay the same; being able to change with the times is essential for effective leadership. Do not depend on antiquated paradigms of governance; instead, remain adaptable and quick to respond. 


  • Risk Management 

Create a powerful system to unearth, evaluate, and lessen possible dangers. Keep an eye on risk management rules and adjust as needed to keep up with changing business environments. 


As the global shift towards good governance gains momentum, adherence to these do’s, and avoidance of the don’ts will undoubtedly shape a future where organizations, governments, and societies thrive through principled and effective governance practices. Good governance is not a static destination but an ongoing journey of improvement. We can construct resilient governance structures by embracing transparency, accountability, fairness, and inclusivity. 

However, while the principles of good governance form a solid foundation, challenges do exist. Governance models that adapt to the changing times are essential to address varying political, cultural, and economic situations globally. Moreover, the ever-evolving technological landscape introduces new complexities that necessitate ongoing regulatory adjustments. 



The information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at for any queries or legal advice.

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