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Core Government Functions

Governments around the world have a primary responsibility to provide their citizens with basic goods and services that can enhance their choices and opportunities for development.

To support citizens’ needs and aspirations, UNDP supports Core Government Functions, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected settings, as a priority focus to meet long-term national and local development objectives. This helps governments in fragile settings to gain control of the recovery process, deliver essential services and support peacebuilding processes.

UNDP offers strategic assistance to countries to assess and determine how responsive key government agencies are to internationally agreed standards. For instance, UNDP has developed a toolkit on “Assessing the Respect for Rule of Law Principles in Public Administration”. It provides government agencies with an easily applicable method to assess their relations with the societies they serve.

UNDP uses its leading role on core government functions to foster partnerships that can support the strengthening of these government institutions that are key to the building of just and peaceful societies. UNDP co-chairs the UN Interagency Platform on Core Government Functions and fosters UN system wide collaboration with the Departments of Political Affairs (DPA), Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the World Bank and other key UN agencies.

Within that platform, UNDP supports the application of the UN / WB Framework on Core Government Functions, focusing on post-conflict and fragile settings UNDP also plays a key role in multilateral initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and works with established think tanks such as the Folke Bernadotte Academy of Sweden, Princeton University and others.

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