Introduction

The Senegambia Democracy and Governance Organization (SENDGO) is a charitable none Governmental Organization and it’s legally registered in the State of Maryland.  Registration document number is 0009439321 under the State of Maryland. Tax deductible number under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is 47-3549881.

SENEDGO: Believes and Values are idea that an organization holds as being true. SENDGO can base a belief upon certainties like mathematical principles, probabilities or matters of faith.  A belief can come from different sources, including: an organization’s own experiences or experiments the acceptance of cultural and societal norms (e.g. religion) what other people say (e.g. democracy and human rights).  A potential belief sits with the organization until they accept it as truth, and adopt it as part of their belief system. Each organization evaluates and seeks sound reasons or evidence for these potential beliefs in their own way.  Once an organization accepts a belief as a truth they are willing to defend, it can be said to form part of their belief system. 

SENDGO’s values are stable long lasting beliefs about what is important to an organization. They become standards by which people order their lives and make their choices. A belief will develop into a value when the person’s commitment to it grows and they see it as being important. It is possible to categories beliefs into different types of values examples include values that relate to happiness, wealth, freedom, and human right, democracy, rule of law and career success or family.   An organization must be able to articulate their values in order to make clear, rational, responsible and consistent decisions. 

NGOs are identified as one of these sectors, but NGOs overlap with many of the other sectors, there are women's NGOs, farmers' NGOs, labor NGOs, and business NGOs, among others. Finally civil society is a term that became popularized at the end of the Cold War to describe what appeared to have been missing in state dominated societies, broad societal participation in and concern for governance, but not necessarily government. Civil society is thought to be the necessary ingredient for democratic governance to arise. NGOs are one part of civil society. 

While it is often argued that NGOs are the voice of the people, representing grassroots democracy, a counter argument is made that NGOs have tended to reinforce rather than counter, existing power structures, having members and headquarters that are primarily in the rich northern countries, Some also believe that NGO decision making does not provide for responsible, democratic representation or accountability. The Economic and Social Council may make suitable arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organizations which are concerned with matters within its competence. Such arrangements may be made with international organizations and, where appropriate, with national organizations after consultation with the Member of the United Nations concerned.

  1. Good governance and human rights are mutually reinforcing. Human rights principles provide a set of values to guide the work of Governments and other political and social actors. They also provide a set of performance standards against which these actors can be held accountable. Moreover, human rights principles inform the content of good governance efforts: they may inform the development of legislative frameworks, policies, programmers, budgetary allocations and other measures. However, without good governance, human rights cannot be respected and protected in a sustainable manner. 
  2. The implementation of human rights relies on a conducive and enabling environment. This includes appropriate legal frameworks and institutions as well as political, managerial and administrative processes responsible for responding to the rights and needs of the population. This publication defines good governance as the exercise of authority through political and institutional processes that are transparent and accountable, and encourage public participation. When it talks about human rights, it refers to the standards set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and elaborated in a number of international conventions that define the minimum standards to ensure human dignity. 
  3. It explores the links between good governance and human rights in four areas, namely democratic institutions, the delivery of State services, the rule of law and anti-corruption measures. It shows how a variety of social and institutional actors, ranging from women’s and minority groups to the media, civil society and State agencies, have carried out reforms in these four areas. When led by human rights values, good governance reforms of democratic institutions create avenues for the public to participate in policymaking either through formal institutions or informal consultations. They also establish mechanisms for the inclusion of multiple social groups in decision-making processes, especially locally. Finally, they may encourage civil society and local communities to formulate and express their positions on issues of importance to them.
  4. In the realm of delivering State services to the public, good governance reforms advance human rights when they improve the State’s capacity to fulfill its responsibility to provide public goods which are essential for the protection of a number of human rights, such as the right to education, health and food. Reform initiatives may include mechanisms of accountability and transparency, culturally sensitive policy tools to ensure that services are accessible and acceptable to all, and paths for public participation in decision-making.
  5. When it comes to the rule of law, human rights-sensitive good governance initiatives reform legislation and assist institutions ranging from penal systems to courts and parliaments to better implement that legislation. Good governance initiatives may include advocacy for legal reform, public awareness-raising on the national and international legal frame work, and capacity-building or reform of institutions. Finally, anti-corruption measures are also part of the good governance framework.
  6. Although the links between corruption, anti-corruption measures and human rights are not yet greatly explored, the anti-corruption movement is looking to human rights to bolster its efforts. In fighting corruption, good governance efforts rely on principles such as accountability, transparency and participation to shape anti-corruption measures. Initiatives may include establishing institutions such as anti-corruption commissions, creating mechanisms of information sharing, and monitoring Governments’ use of public funds and implementation of policies.

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