ORIGINS OF THE INDEX
The Index stems from our belief that good national governance and national prosperity are deeply connected. Mr Richard F. Chandler, founder of the Chandler Institute of Governance, has noted how leadership and governance shape a nation’s destiny — by enhancing public trust and sustaining an environment in which prosperity can take root and flourish.
This relationship between national governance and prosperity is characterised by three principles:
Government capabilities matter, and governments need to invest time and effort into enhancing these capabilities
Effective governments create opportunities for citizens to thrive, building the foundation of national development and prosperity
Good governance leads to better outcomes and increased public trust; high levels of public trust make it easier for governments to do their work
It is important that governments have the means to measure their capabilities and achievements. This will support them in taking concrete steps to enhance their effectiveness, and to build good outcomes for national progress and prosperity.