Democratic Governance

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UNDP's Engagement with Political Parties

This report analyses and summarizes a mapping of UNDP’s engagement with political parties that was conducted in October 2003 and update in May 2005. the information contained in the mapping is indicative rather than exhaustive and reflects the various ways UNDP Country Offices are currently workingmore


Human Development View Point: Show Me the Money, Political Party Financing Disclosure

Political parties are critical to representative democracy and need financing to survive. However in developed and developing countries alike, political parties are suffering a crisis of credibility over financing issues. Money in politics is natural and necessary, but if not properly regulated,more


Human Development View Point: Presidentialism In Decentralized Governance

The modality for electing local leaders is a crucial feature in the of design local governance structures which has a direct impact on local democracy and the management of local affairs for achieving the MDGs. As part of a recent trend, more countries are making the selection of the heads of localmore


Human Development View Point: Inclusive Local Governance, Representation and Affirmative Action

There is need for a balanced approach between the design of representational arrangements and affirmative action measures if equity in political representation is to be achieved in local governance. UNDP believes that equity in political representation can be achieved through active support tomore


Human Development View Point: Nothing Less Than Parity

A key measure of democracy is the status of women as equal citizens with equal access to rights and power. Yet, gender balance, particularly in political representation, has progressed slowly in many developing countries, where institutions are still largely dominated by men. This unequal sharingmore

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

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Fast Facts
Democratic Governance

The response to the recent global economic crisis by many countries around the world, particularly developed nations, has demonstrated that the State has an important role to play in addressing critical challenges.  This is also an important lesson for developing countries as public institutions must have the capacity to address these difficulties while at the same time delivering the benefits of human development.


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New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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