We have become a nation expert at bringing down oppressive and corrupt governments, and seizing power from abuse, but apparently incapable of managing difficult transitions to democratic restoration and economic recovery. – M. Taguiwalo
The problem we must address is the survival mode of governance that permeates our national development. Survival has become the norm rather than the exception. This stems from our failure to seize historical moments when transitions in power would have enabled us to chart directions for sustainable reform. We have become a nation expert at bringing down oppressive and corrupt governments, and seizing power from abuse, but apparently incapable of managing difficult transitions to democratic restoration and economic recovery. The result has been the inevitable return to power of those previously displaced from it, fueling a boom and bust cycle of reform and development.
The International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) is stewarding initiatives that precisely address these transitions and periods immediately after power shifts, whether sudden or protracted. We have learned lessons from our history of democratic development and reconstruction, our failures, and our actual engagement in governance, having crossed over from civil society or the private sector to government – and back. There is a need to define and demonstrate the crucial links between democratic politics, good governance, and development outcomes if we are to wean ourselves away from this boom-and-bust pattern.
Serving as an institutional nucleus for a reform-centered democratic movement, INCITEGov aims to develop and operationalize a policy agenda that links democratic politics, good governance, and development outcomes in critical reform areas.
The pillars of INCITEGov are its democratic fellows whose individual and collective work represent decades of reform and political actions. Our fellows work in arenas that range from community organizing to national political work in peace building and security sector reform, social protection and poverty reduction, and public education reform.
More broadly, INCITEGov’s membership is composed of uniquely positioned reform advocates and constituencies in business, civil society, communities and political formations, who are committed to strengthening the democratic agenda and national development. Its membership is made up of a noteworthy range of democratic reform advocates representing diverse sectors and areas of expertise, including 17 former cabinet secretaries, 8 former heads of government agencies, and 11 former undersecretaries. An important and growing component of its membership body also includes young public servants and overseas Filipinos.
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