Democratic, Decentralized Governance

UNDP promotes social, economic and political inclusion of the most disadvantaged, particularly women and girls. We partner with the Government of India to strengthen systems, institutions and mechanisms that enable local elected representatives, officials and communities to perform their functions effectively.

Our Goals

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. We also support efforts to make human development an integral component of government plans and policies. UNDP also aims to strengthen access to justice for the poor, members of scheduled caste, tribal communities and minorities through strategies and actions that address key barriers in the social, economic and political domain. more

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Building Capacities, Improving Governance

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.

Stories of Change

Projects and Initiatives

Supporting Democratic Electoral Management

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. It also seeks to support the newly established India International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM) as a training and resource centre to meet the demand for capacity development on electoral management from other countries. more

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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. more

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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 through training, networking and knowledge sharing. more

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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. more

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