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Our approach ‘Making Good Governance Better‘ is based on the belief that democracy support actions possess innate qualities to address the shortcomings of good governance support. Going beyond good governance support and transforming it to democratic governance support by incorporating elements of democracy support is a central step towards avoiding the recurring failures of governance support programmes.

The lines between good governance support and democratic governance support are blurry. Development practitioners and academics alike have often struggled to pinpoint clear definitions of these different types and combinations of interventions. However, good governance and democratic governance are notinterchangeable terms and do carry distinct meanings.

Our approach aligns with those who recognise that political context and power relations in a country are key factors in determining the success of any development intervention, particularly those addressing governance processes. It is therefore important to design programmes in a way that allows the identification of key drivers and obstacles to reform and to subsequently work with all implicated stakeholders.

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