Governance is considered “good” and “democratic” to the extent that each country’s institutions and processes are transparent. Processes include key activities such as elections and legal processes, which must be free from corruption and accountable to the people. Compliance with these standards has become an essential yardstick for measuring the credibility and respect of countries on the global stage. Good governance promotes equity, participation, pluralism, transparency, accountability and the rule of law in a way that is effective, efficient and lasting. Putting these principles into practice, we witness frequent, free and fair elections, representative parliaments that draft laws and provide an overview, and an independent legal system for interpreting those laws.