Democratic, Decentralized Governance

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  • GoI-UN Joint Programme on Convergence (2008-2012)

    The joint UN Programme on Convergence, in partnership with the Planning Commission of India, aims to address the obstacles in effective and efficient implementation of government’s development plans and programmes.

  • Support to Operationalization of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (2008-2012)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, the project aims to address some of the challenges in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the world’s largest employment guarantee scheme.

  • Capacity Development for Local Governance (2008-2012)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of elected representatives and officials, institutions and processes at various levels to improve service delivery through training, networking and knowledge sharing.

  • Pathways for an Inclusive Indian Administration (PIIA) (2011-2012)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, aims to strengthen both the capacities of civil servants and their enabling environment to achieve an efficient, transparent and accountable public administration at both national and state levels.


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.