IC Centre for Governance

Governance - India

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An Idea is Born

It was in 2003 as a follow up on the recommendations of an international workshop organised by Initiative of Change on ‘Globalization’ at Panchgani that the need for seriously thinking about governance policies, processes and institutions was felt by several professionals from different walks of life. The word ‘governance’ had not then gained the currency it subsequently acquired. A series of round table discussions were organized and it was decided that a civil society organization should be set up to think and, where necessary, act on important issues of public governance. And a fairly large group of professionals from civil services, academics, legal profession, social work, corporate sector and scientific community came together to form the I C Centre for Governance.

About Us

IC Centre for Governance is a registered Non-Profit Educational Trust launched in December 2003, under the auspices of Initiatives of Change (IC), an International Foundation.

The IC Centre for Governance serves the needs of society in all areas related to governance. It works to strengthen governance capacity in the government, non-profit and public sector organizations with an extensive program of research into governance practices.

The Genesis

Today, in spite of the fact that man possesses the resource and the technology to create a poverty free world in the period of one generation, about a quarter of human population on earth continues to live in poverty. It is not simply the lack of income, it is also the lack of a voice, of responsive local administration that can redress local needs; the lack of system of governance that is transparent and accountable to people it supposedly exists to serve.


Among many crises engulfing India and similarly placed countries of Asia, Africa and the Pacific region, is the crisis of governance. It affects the life and working environment of millions who consider themselves free citizens of welfare states. In the last half century, we have witnessed a growing restlessness with the systems and instruments of governance. Available evidence suggests a continuous decline in the quality of governance in most developing countries and a perception of the state being alien to people has gained ground.


Good governance is a quest, a dream. It is ruthless in its demands but it is equally generous in its rewards.

The political and administrative institutions are not owned by anybody and, therefore, the society as a whole has to strive and achieve the desired goals. Good governance is an essential precondition for sustainable development.

Emphasis on creating a work culture that encourages inculcation of ethics and moral values in governance structures, systems and institutions is important

     Why should we think of governance?

Governance, is too serious a job to be left only to the government functionaries.

It was in the year 2001 that I first toyed with the idea of writing for a credible newspaper on matters concerning governance. I had by then spent almost four decades in the servicing the largest working democracy of the world and it was my belief that the civil services had played an important, if not a highly constructive, role in....

The Poor cannot eat democracy 

Democracy must deliver.

Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary
President, IC Centre for Governance