School of Governance

The School of Governance is an initiative of the Organization of American States that offers training aimed at strengthening practices of institutional transparency, citizen participation and promoting accountability to citizens. We train public officials, political, social and community leaders who work with the government and civil society.

Trainings

We offer a broad portfolio of training on Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and Integral Development. We empower citizens, we strengthen communities.

Investigation

We promote research initiatives that result in reports, manuals, and technical notes to deepen understanding of the inter-American agenda.

Impact

Through our initiatives, we generate impact in cities and communities of the Americas to strengthen democratic governance, integral development, multidimensional security and Human Rights in the Americas.

Community

Being part of the School of Governance means entering a diverse community of individuals who seek to improve themselves and meet their objectives. Stay connected.

Mandates

Letter of the OAS:
Article 31:Inter-American cooperation for integral development is the common and joint responsibility of the Member States, within the framework of the democratic principles and the institutions of the inter-American system. It should include the economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and technological fields, support the achievement of national objectives of the Member States, and respect the priorities established by each country in its development plans, without political ties or conditions.
Article 38: The Member States shall extend among themselves the benefits of science and technology by encouraging the exchange and utilization of scientific and technical knowledge in accordance with existing treaties and national laws.
Article 45: The Member States, convinced that man can only achieve the full realization of his aspirations within a just social order, along with economic development and true peace, agree to dedicate every effort to the application of the following principles and mechanisms:
e) The operation of systems of public administration, banking and credit, enterprise, and distribution and sales, in such a way, in harmony with the private sector, as to meet the requirements and interests of the community;
f) The incorporation and increasing participation of the marginal sectors of the population, in both rural and urban areas, in the economic, social, civic, cultural, and political life of the nation, in order to achieve the full integration of the national community, acceleration of the process of social mobility, and the consolidation of the democratic system. The encouragement of all efforts of popular promotion and cooperation that have as their purpose the development and progress of the community;
g) Recognition of the importance of the contribution of organizations such as labor unions, cooperatives, and cultural, professional, business, neighborhood, and community associations to the life of the society and to the development process;
Article 47: The Member States will give primary importance within their development plans to the encouragement of education, science, technology, and culture, oriented toward the overall improvement of the individual, and as a foundation for democracy, social justice, and progress.
Article 51: The Member States will develop science and technology through educational, research, and technological development activities and information and dissemination programs. They will stimulate activities in the field of technology for the purpose of adapting it to the needs of their integral development. They will organize their cooperation in these fields efficiently and will substantially increase exchange of knowledge, in accordance with national objectives and laws and with treaties in force.

INTER-AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC CHARTER
Article 2
The effective exercise of representative democracy is the basis for the rule of law and of the constitutional regimes of the member states of the Organization of American States. Representative democracy is strengthened and deepened by permanent, ethical, and responsible participation of the citizenry within a legal framework conforming to the respective constitutional order.
Article 4
Transparency in government activities, probity, responsible public administration on the part of governments, respect for social rights, and freedom of expression and of the press are essential components of the exercise of democracy. The constitutional subordination of all state institutions to the legally constituted civilian authority and respect for the rule of law on the part of all institutions and sectors of society are equally essential to democracy.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY AG / RES. 2894 (XLVI-O / 16)

viii. Effective public management strengthening and innovation in the Americas
2. To request that the General Secretariat continue to conduct training programs to promote innovation in public management and open government principles, such as transparency, collaboration with the various social actors, and citizen engagement.