Democratic Governance

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Electoral Management Bodies as Institutions of Governance

This paper focuses on the institutional dimensions of strengthening electoral systems and grapples with issues related to electoral management bodies as institutions of governance. more


Investing in Democracy: A UNDP GPECS Brochure

This brochure highlights the approach, activities and impact of the three-year $50 million UNDP Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) which was launched in 2009. It helps countries improve their electoral laws, processes and institutions; and enhance the participation of women inmore


Electoral Systems and Processes Practice Note

Establishing a framework for UNDP activities in the field of electoral assistance, the Electoral Systems and Processes Practice Note focuses on the various components of electoral assistance, the primary areas in which UNDP and others have worked, recent trends in the field, and lessons learned. Itmore


A Handbook on Working With Political Parties

Political parties are a keystone of democratic governance. They provide a structure for political participation; serve as a training ground for political leadership; and transform social interests into public policy. The question for development practitioners is how best to work with politicalmore


Discussion Paper: Political Parties and Policy Development

Using data from International IDEA's Research and Dialogue with Political Parties project, this paper analyzes the role of political parties in a democracy, especially how political parties fall short of their "ideal" functions when they adopt clientelist versus programmatic tactics tomore

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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UNDP's Annual Report
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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