Democratic Governance


Democratic Dialogue Handbook for Practitioners

This Handbook, sponsored jointly by International IDEA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), offers a comprehensive overview of the use of dialogue processes to address societalmore


Enhancing Youth Political Participation

Young people between the ages of 15 and 25 constitute a fifth of the world’s population. While they are often involved in informal, politically relevant processes, such as activism or civic engagement, they are not formally represented in national political institutions such as parliaments and manymore


International Forum on Pathways to Democratic Transitions ReportPublication 3

Women and men across the Arab region have issued a resounding call for change. Youth have voiced their aspirations for a say in the decisions that affect their lives. People of all walks of life have come together to demand full and free participation in the decisions that will affect the futuremore

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In 2011, UNDP used its impartiality, access to other country experiences and convening power to support Egypt’s transition period by the first post-revolution national dialogue initiative, conducting a national forum on democratic transition (where more than a thousand Egyptian stakeholders benefited from the experiences of senior leaders from other transition countries) and an international forum on pathways for women in democratic transitions in order to mitigate setbacks in women’s rights. Also, in support of the first parliamentary and presidential elections in the transition period, UNDP mobilized US$ 11 million and international and national electoral expertise, which was used to strengthen the technical and operational capacity of the electoral authorities; enhance voter participation; and strengthen credibility of the results. UNDP pioneered several initiatives to promote the culture of human rights, protect the rights of the girl child and to break the silence on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), support the National Council for Human Rights and the National Council for Women and contributed to increasing legal access of the poor, especially women. UNDP was also successful in putting decentralization on the national agenda and helped provide a national platform for an extensive dialogue on corruption issues.