The importance of accountability as a fundamental principle of a democratic society

The Masters and Servants Act No 15 ofwhich subjugated black workers, the Mines and Works Act No 12 ofwhich kept black people out of skilled occupations in the most significant sector of the economy at the time, the Natives Land Act No 27 ofwhich etched racial segregation onto the land, and the absurd Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act No 55 of all illustrate the ferocious efforts of colonial and apartheid law to keep South Africa separate and unequal. With the fall of apartheid, the country began its journey towards a constitutional, democratic order.

The importance of accountability as a fundamental principle of a democratic society

Pulag, Philippines [Photo by adventureinyou. Mean-spirited men and women haunt the hallowed halls of government and our public space every day, offending our sense of decency and fairness. There is a way out. I think the solution is probably eluding us all, and VP Robredo is closer to it than anyone.

She works to give people hope, and to participate in finding a way to something just a little better. I thank Will Villanueva and those who commented on his recent article for making this point so clear.

The importance of accountability as a fundamental principle of a democratic society

Former Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that LP lost the election because LP candidates were busy talking about intangibles when the people needed tangibles.

So I wonder, how does one make a dream tangible? For it is the dreams that surround freedom, democracy, and the promise of prosperity that most of us labor for, and self-fulfillment is a big deal in that formula. Nailing a good job. Buying our first car, and then home.

But these things are NOT tangible to someone who labors without much hope.

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With no sense of having the ability to fulfill a worthy destiny. How do we make dreams real for those caught up in daily struggle? How do we help people touch the dreams, for themselves?

That would break the treasury. Several random ideas emerged from a tweet dialogue I had on this subject a few days ago: It is the wholesomeness of the climb that is important, not the top of the mountain.

The Philippines may never be rich in our lifetime. It is the getting there that has to be fulfilling. If you think about it, there is never a top to reach, for any of us, ever. But we go forward with hope. Every family needs at least one success story. That makes the dream tangible for the entire family.

It is the proof. The nation needs a President who can cut through the crap. I cited Bam Aquino as an example of someone who sets trivial matters aside to drill into what is meaningful. His questioning during Senate hearings is a marvel to behold. He is patient to a point, but he is like a hunter with the prey in sight, and he is not going to blink.

It is a sloppy, grumpy, inefficient place, in the main. Because neither government nor private institutions excel at building hope and the power of ambition into the management of their human resources. Spanish autocrats are still in charge rather than psychologists skilled at motivating people.

So step one in re-inventing Philippine dreams might be to start building career paths. Step two might be mandated national service of two years for every graduating senior.Inclusive democracy is a political theory and political project that aims for direct democracy in all fields of social life: political democracy in the form of face-to-face assemblies which are confederated, economic democracy in a stateless, moneyless and marketless economy, democracy in the social realm, i.e.

self-management in places of . By Joe America. It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of a government of the crass, by the crass, and for the crass. Mean-spirited men and women haunt the hallowed halls of government and our public space every day, offending our sense of decency and fairness.

Four key principles—accountability, transparency, participation, and inclu- sion—have in recent years become nearly universal features of the policy statements and programs of international development organizations.

[1] The founding provisions of the Constitution are sections Section 1(d) provides: “ The Republic of South Africa is one, sovereign, democratic state founded on the following values: (d) Universal adult suffrage, a national common voters roll, regular elections and a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.”.

REPORT OF THE HIGH LEVEL PANEL ON THE ASSESSMENT OF KEY LEGISLATION AND THE ACCELERATION OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. South Africa’s statute books tell the story of the country’s history of conquest, domination and racial segregation.

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