Sahan's Reports

Governance & Stabilisation

3 September, 2021

Governance & Stabilisation

Transitional environments as well as emerging democracies are complex, open-ended, and easily combustible. The agendas for peace, stability, and sustainable development are ultimately political in nature, involving multiple factors and actors at various levels. They reflect issues of long-standing political exclusion and economic disparities, as well as socio-cultural deprivation in the distribution of political and economic power. Sahan positions good governance as a key ingredient for sustaining stability and development.

We promote locally driven and owned processes and facilitate inclusive political deal-making, aimed at providing a foundation for building long-term stability based on principles of good governance. We team up and work closely with local networks, government institutions, relevant national structures, as well as regional, and international organizations to ensure and promote that participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, equitable, and inclusive approaches are adopted in programming.

Our engagement aimed at promoting good governance is backed by robust research drawing on the lessons learned from our programmatic experience. Our high-level policy advice is tailored to ensure major systemic disparities are addressed effectively.

Sahan’s services in this area of expertise includes but is not limited to:

  • in-depth assessments and extensive knowledge of a country’s historical, cultural, societal, economic, and political background – to this end Sahan ensures that citizens, including marginalized groups such as women, minorities, youth and the poor are consulted and their input incorporated in the research / study;
  • conflict analysis including mapping of actors, positions, interests, and capabilities;
  • engaging in policy dialogue with governments, donors and policy thinkers at global and national levels;
  • promoting and supporting inclusive political processes to reduce violence;
  • advising sub-national leaders on how to best practice inclusive politics within their respective jurisdictions, including internal power- and resource-sharing arrangements, development of stable representation formulas for regional assemblies and the accommodation of weak or marginalised communities;
  • assisting leaders in translating state building frameworks into pragmatic policy orientations and negotiating frameworks;
  • supporting national and sub-national leaders to articulate their interests, aspirations and concerns with regards to governance;
  • organising broad-based, consultative processes in support of state building.

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