YUVA is organising the Session 5 of the Mauritius Youth Parliament on the theme “This House believes that housewives should be paid for their work” with YUVANs, secondary school students, university students, government officials, NGO representatives and personalities from the corporate sector as participants.
In this context, YUVA invites you as participant on Thursday 4 May 2017, from 09:00hr to noon at the Municipality of Port Louis.
YUVA is organising a forum on the “Sustainable Development Goals – 12 Goals to Transform Mauritius” with YUVANs, secondary school students, university students, government officials, NGO representatives and personalities from the corporate sector as participants.
In this context, YUVA invites you and officials of your organisation as participants on Friday 26 February 2016, from 09:00hr to noon at Municipality of Port Louis.
As YUVA notes, this year is a time for national action. From January 2016, YUVA adopts 12 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve extraordinary things in the next 10 years: end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, and protect the island. These Sustainable Development Goals set a course to achieve these objectives – for people everywhere. This is a time to feel hopeful, not hopeless, about our national future.
This is an era of historic opportunity. We can be the first youth generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined youth generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last youth generation to be threatened by climate change. With the adoption of a new development agenda and sustainable development goals, we can set Mauritius on course for a better future. The Goals serve as YUVANs’ to-do list from January 2016 to December 2025. The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next 10 years in areas of critical importance for Mauritius.
YUVA is organising a debate forum on “Good Governance” with delegates from Africa, school students, university students, government officials, NGO representatives and personalities from the corporate sector as participants.
In this context, YUVA invites you and officials of your organisation as participants on Wednesday 2 December 2015, from 09:00hr to noon at Le Saint Georges Hotel, 19 St George Street, Port Louis.
Good governance requires a number of mechanisms in order to work efficiently, performance being one of those mechanisms. As a principle, performance is determined as their ability to respond to institutions and processes trying to serve all stakeholders involved. It also goes without saying that in line with performance indicators, effectiveness and efficiency features in among this as performance is hardly anything unless measured as being effective or at least having the ability to measure such factors. When speaking about effectiveness and efficiency in the context of good governance, it enshrines the processes and institutions ability to produce results that meet the needs of society while ensuring that resources are used as best as possible.
Good governance is a complex and at times elusive term widely used in different contexts. Governance does not relate exclusively with government. Instead, governance is “a process whereby societies or organizations make their important decisions, determine whom they involve in the process and how they render account” (Graham, J., B. Amos and T. Plumptre, 2003:1). The concept of governance can be used in different contexts such as the international, national, local, and corporate sphere
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a branch of the United Nations (UN) focused on global development, provides five guiding principles, legitimacy and voice, direction, performance, accountability, and fairness, that allow a better grasp of the term good governance.
Challenges associated with the conceptualization of Good Governance
The conceptualization of the term good governance creates challenges at the operational level as it offers little guidance on concrete actions to be taken. For example, de Vries (2013) points out that behind each of the UNDP’s five dimensions are multiple indicators. This results in over 150 indicators for improving governance, thus further complicating the application of the principles of good governance. Grindle (2007), a critic of the term good governance, argues that governments often lack the resources to adequately apply the concepts of good governance. It is thus difficult to fully achieve the ideals of good governance.
The question then remains what is good governance and how can it effectively be applied?
Good governance in the Mauritian context
Public Sector: The Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms
The Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms is a newly created Ministry with the aim to “fight fraud, eradicate corruption, malpractices and irregularities in all aspects of public life to foster development”. This ministry seeks to highlight the need for judicious utilization of funds, transparency, and accountability in the public sector. It also seeks to provide guidance and support for the enforcement of good governance.
Civil Society: Mauritius Council of Social Science (MACOSS)
MACOSS is an umbrella organization for Mauritian NGOs, which has 368 registered NGOs. It seeks to promote social and community development and voluntary actions through non-governmental organizations. In its recent publication, Principles and Guidelines for Good Governance (2015) MACOSS provides guidance to help NGOs apply the abstract term of good governance into practical terms within the Mauritian context. MACOSS describes what good governance looks like within an organization. It gives NGOs concrete steps to ensure the application of good governance such as separation of governance and management, need for high professional and ethical standards, need for financial disclosure, and the importance of internal and external audits.
On October 4, the world comes together to celebrate and protect animals. World Animal Day is a worldwide day of awareness and action that transcends the boundaries of nationality, religion and ideology. It celebrates protecting all animals, from companion animals and wildlife to those in captivity in places like labs, zoos and factory farms. World Animal Day unites the global animal welfare movement to raise the status of animals, and improve animal welfare standards around the world. YUVA is supporting World Animal Day because we share a mission: to ensure compassion and respect for all animals by all societies, and to fight exploitation and inhumane practices. Learn more about our duties towards animal welfare here.
Every year, people in countries around the world sign up to host events that have a positive impact on the lives of animals. From hosting veterinary clinics to leading animal protection protests and fundraisers, people have mobilized into a global force for animals each October. Whether you run a shelter, wildlife rescue, work in animal advocacy, or are a volunteer or concerned citizen, World Animal Day is the perfect time to draw attention to the animal welfare cause. Animal lovers around the globe have embraced World Animal Day, but Mauritius has been slower to embrace it. We want to change that this year, and encourage even more people to host an event and make a difference for all animals like we did in the first session of the Mauritius Youth Parliament (MYP) held on 25 September 2015 which was based on Animal Welfare.
World Animal Day’s mission is to protect all animals in their unique situations, and to make animal issues front page news around the globe. It also spreads recognition that we as humans do not live in a vacuum. Every day, we affect the lives of animals, and their issues are ours. Whether it’s providing the best care for our pets, championing the rights of lab animals, or fighting to protect the environment for wildlife, we have a responsibility to the animals who live with and around us. When animals are recognized as important, sentient beings, the world will pay full regard to their welfare and establish effective animal protection. With awareness and education reaching every corner of the globe through World Animal Day events, we can create a world that is safer and better for the animals who share our planet.
World Animal Day is not just a day of service to protect animals; it is a reminder of the bond we share with animals. So many people spend their lives with a dog or cat and devote their time and love to their care. All animals deserve that same dedication, and raising awareness will help set humane standards for their welfare. Helping animals not only combats cruelty and keeps our planet thriving with diverse life, it connects us together as human beings. No matter where we are, we all have animals who have touched our lives. The purpose of this day is for people to “use this special day to commemorate their love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world. Increased awareness will lead the way to improved standards of animal welfare throughout the world.” So go out and do something fun and positive! Empower. Educate. Collaborate. Be a part of something special this October 4th to celebrate all of the animals of the world!