Building Democracy

Through Science & Technology

Governance requires practice

Why governance is a key factor in democratic stability?
Statistically, governance is correlated to collective satisfaction levels mesuring the institutional capacity for both effectiveness and efficiency on public matters demanding constant attention. Regardless the responsibility held by the public function, a strong civil society and monitoring programs are strongly required in order to keep the system in balance in terms of transparency and accountability.

AFDES acknowledges eight elements of governance which sets up the minimum requirements for stability in the Americas.

Rule of law

The existence of legal framework enforced by an impartial regulatory body which
guarantees the control over the national state.


Which provides complete and accurate information and uninterrupted access to
the public decision making process in compliance with the law.


Periodic procedure listing all parts involved in a decision marking process
identifying goals, responsibilities, and achievements.

Effectiveness and efficiency.

Meaning policy implementation to produce favorable results using
time and resources in the best public interest.


The exercise of power shall lie on rational agreements between different political
actors and institutions aiming the national interest.


The implementation of state policies considering upcoming conditions and foreseeing
the resolution of future challenges in terms of citizen’s needs.

Equity and inclusiveness.

Conditions providing the opportunity for stakeholders to maintain,
enhance, and improve their situation regardless their diversity.


Way beyond electoral turnout, active civic participation ensures citizens’ direct
and indirect involvement in public life through monitoring.