Good Governance and Female Genital Mutilation: A Political Framework for Social Change

This paper supports the theory that FGM needs to be understood as an expression of poor governance and that a government’s actions can be said to be pro-development where serious efforts are made to eliminate the practice, by passing legislation banning the practice and by supporting related measures. It offers concrete recommendations for measures aimed at ending FGM in six areas of GTZ’s good governance service package. It also describes some contributions relevant to good governance that are already being made by efforts in the health and education sectors designed to eliminate FGM. In addition, it presents the most important elements of a multi-level approach aimed at ending FGM and identifies potential opportunities for action within the context of programme-oriented development cooperation.