Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD candidate of political Geography, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran.

2 Associate Professor of Political Geography, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran


Good governance, by providing space for participatory processes, is a good platform for strengthening civil society alongside government and the private sector in governing countries. Meanwhile, NGOs, as an important part of civil society, are trying to fill government loopholes in geographical areas. In the discussion of non-governmental organizations, we can point to their importance as one of the key players for achieving good governance in the context of promoting social capital. The present study, which is a descriptive-comparative study, compares the components of good governance (with those of accountability, transparency, accountability and rule of law) by non-governmental organizations and local governments in Iran. The sample size of the study was 296 people (157 members of NGOs and 140 members of local government) who were selected through available sampling and snowball. The results showed that the NGOs have performed better than the local government in achieving the components of good governance. The components of good governance were significantly related to the control indicators of poverty, corruption, and the elimination of discrimination and inequality, which is a great goal to be achieved through the active performance of non-governmental organizations.


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