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Singapore, April 28, 2022: The second edition of the Chandler Good Government Index (the “CGGI” or “the Index”) was launched today in Singapore, with Singapore ranking third in the world. Developed by the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG), the CGGI is the world’s most comprehensive index of effective national government. This shows the importance of investing time and energy in improving the skills of civil servants and the structures within which they operate, in order to enable a better and more sustainable future. This year’s edition builds on the success of the first report and comes at a critical time as governments around the world seek to recover from the pandemic.
Based on more than 50 open data sources, the CGGI is a principle-based, data-driven way to understand the capabilities and performance of 104 governments around the world and nearly 90% of the world’s population. The index focuses on seven pillars – Leadership and Foresight; strong laws and policies; strong institutions; financial stewardship; Attractive marketplace; global influence and reputation; and Helping People Uplift. The rigorous index methodology was developed in consultation with government practitioners, leaders, index experts and governance researchers. The process was conducted independently, without any discussions or financial support with the Singapore government.
Similar to CGGI 2021, Singapore scored best globally in the areas of Financial Management and Attractive Market. This demonstrates the Singapore government’s strong fiscal policy, public finance management and budgeting capabilities, as well as highlighting the conducive business and investment environment in the country. Additionally, Singapore also took first place for Helping People Rise, highlighting Singapore’s focus on the social mobility of its people.
European nations feature prominently in the top 20, with Finland retaining the top spot and Switzerland second. Other APAC nations in the top twenty include New Zealand (9th); Japan (15th); Australia (17th); and South Korea (19th municipality).
The top 20 countries in CGGI 2022 are:
Singapore’s results by pillar are as follows:
The top 10 countries in Asia-Pacific (East Asia and Pacific and South Asia) are:
The Index – developed by government practitioners, for government practitioners – was designed to be a practical tool for improving good governance. It allows governments, with their own unique economic and political situations, to assess and benchmark their capabilities and performance. The Index report provides analysis and examples of relevant and impactful policies and effective service delivery around the world.
Key findings from CGGI 2022:
Good governments are better prepared for pandemics and other crises
Released during the pandemic, the index allows us to assess how governance affects a country’s crisis preparedness and responses. The 2022 CGGI shows that countries with good governance were better prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, conducted more tests per capita, and generally experienced fewer excess deaths per capita. Since many government capabilities – such as planning, budgeting, and policy design – can be deployed to manage different challenges, the CGGI highlights the role of better governance in how nations deal with other issues. pressing issues such as climate change and regional instability, during these increasingly turbulent times. time.
Good governance is closely linked to social mobility and social progress
The overall country rankings of the CGGI are closely linked to the degree of social mobility and the social progress of the countries. In turn, social mobility is the key to long-term cohesion and harmony within nations. The index suggests that the most capable governments are those that promote the greatest social mobility, and social mobility increases opportunities for prosperity for every citizen.
Mr. Wu Wei Neng, Executive Director of the Chandler Institute of Governance, said: “Government capabilities are a sustainable source of competitive advantage for nations. These capabilities include systems, institutions, processes and skills – things that take time to improve and develop. Once developed and strengthened, government capacities do not easily erode in the short term and can sustain governments during brief periods of instability or crisis.
Governance capabilities are a sustainable source of national advantage
About a third of CGGI countries (33) maintained the same overall ranking, and there were few significant changes in country rankings. This stability can be partly attributed to the CGGI’s focus on capabilities rather than results. Governance capabilities are the enduring foundations of public sector excellence and are stable and lasting investments that governments can make for the future.
Dr. Vu Minh Khuong, associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said: “Capabilities are the key to results; all countries need to invest in building better government capacity. As the world enters an era of revolutionary change, governments must be at the forefront of addressing emerging challenges and opportunities to create prosperity. International support to developing countries should therefore strategically focus on empowering and engaging governments as the main driver of national development efforts and an essential part of the solution to global challenges.
Smarter governments get better results
The index continues to show that effective government capacity is strongly linked to better outcomes for citizens. The same seven countries that top the overall index also perform best in important areas such as education, gender equity and health, which matter to citizens. Additionally, rule of law, property rights, and anti-corruption are the three capabilities out of 26 that are most closely tied to CGGI’s overall performance. They are the cornerstones on which trust-based societies and economies are built. The index not only highlights the need to build government capacity globally, but can also reveal specific areas that different governments need to prioritize.
Mr. Kent Weaver, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University, said: “Good governance should not be taken for granted; even the best performing countries can be caught off guard by unforeseen crises. The COVID-19 pandemic shows us that trust is an essential element of good governance. Indeed, the ability to fight corruption effectively is the measure most closely associated with the overall performance of the Index. When citizens trust their leaders and institutions to indeed, governments can be more ambitious and can work closely with communities to create opportunity and prosperity.