Democratic Governance

UNDP works with national partners to develop state and social structures that protect human rights, encourage healthy parliamentary and judicial oversight, reduce corruption, and empower local governments and civil society.

Countries in the region have made significant progress towards democratic governance. However, not all reforms are complete, and much remains to be done.

Governance challenges include transparent decision-making, and access to information and public institutions, especially for marginalized groups – challenges that deepened with the global financial crisis, which hit countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia particularly hard.

More about democratic governance in the region

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  • A.H. Monjurul Kabir

    Judicial integrity: The missing link?
    Rural man and woman sit with a young man in front of their house, looking at documents

    The integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to protecting human rights and fostering economic development. But is this enough to ensure social justice and an inclusive legal state? more

  • Max Everest Phillips

    Design thinking, social innovation, and the Iliad
    Troy horse

    Last year, a now famous book on the financial crisis was published under the title “This time is different.” Its main thesis is this: never believe anyone who tries to tell you that anything is really new and different. Technology changes, but the human condition remains the same. more

  • Lejla Sadiku

    Can community design centres work in Kosovo?
    People sitting in a wood house

    It was only weeks ago that I learned what a community design centre is, and now we’re going to try to create one! The topic of community design centres came up in a discussion on innovation our project team was having with Daniel Cosentino, Director of Media Programs, at the American University in Kosovo. more

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    Iker Casillas encourages young people in Uzbekistan to volunteer
    Iker Casillas

    On 5 December, the world celebrates International Volunteer Day. This year, the United Nations campaign to promote volunteerism in Uzbekistan is joined by none other than Iker Casillas, renowned goalkeeper, and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals. more

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