Democratic, Decentralized Governance

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  • Supporting Democratic Electoral Management (2013-2017)

    The project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of election management and administration with other developing countries through the Election Commission of India.

  • Increasing Access to Justice for Marginalized People (2008-2017)

    In partnership with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, the project focuses on strengthening access to justice for the poor, particularly women, scheduled castes, tribal communities and minorities, through developing strategies and initiatives that address the barriers they face accessing justice in legal, social, economic and political domains.

  • Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (2013-2017)

    The project aims to strengthen the functioning of panchayats through better implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) at national and state levels. RGPSA is a scheme of the Government of India that aims to enhance the capacities of panchayats and gram sabhas; and enable democratic decision making in panchayats.

  • Support to Improving Administrative Efficiency for Delivering Newborn and Infant Healthcare Services (NIPI) (2013-2017)

    The project launched in 2013 as part of Phase II of the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) aims to reduce neonatal and infant mortality by strengthening capacities and improving access and utilization of public health services. It also seeks to accelerate the efforts of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to improve the availability and access of people to quality health care, especially those residing in rural areas, women and children.

  • Strengthening Planning and Reporting for Human Development (2011-2017)

    The project, in partnership with the Planning Commission, aims to provide innovative policy options for addressing social disparities and persistent exclusion of certain groups in India.


The Democratic Governance Programme of UNDP promotes social, economic and political inclusion of the most disadvantaged, particularly women and girls. UNDP supports the Government of India to ensure that accountable and responsive local government systems, locally elected representatives, officials and communities are in place in selected districts in UNDAF states. The aim is to promote equitable and sustainable achievement of the MDGs and local development goals.