Civic Engagement

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A Guide to Measuring the Impact of Right to Information Programmes

 The right to information is fundamental in bolstering democratic principles of openness, transparency and accountability in societies and in eradicating poverty and is therefore a programming priority for UNDP. This Guide complements the Practical Guidance Note on Right to Information, which more

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Claiming the MDGs: An Empowerment Framework

The primary focus of this framework is on the most vulnerable groups – those who are not represented in the ‘average’ figures used to determine aggregate resource needs. The Empowerment Framework provides a guide to ‘what to look for’ when undertaking sector-based needs assessments to inform an more

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Communication For Development: Strengthening the effectiveness of the UN

This is the first UN Inter-agency publication on Communication for Development (C4D) that illustrates the diverse C4D approaches adopted by UN agencies. C4D approaches are shown to be useful in everything from promoting media pluralism to improving the participation of marginalized people in more

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Communication for Development: A Glimpse at UNDP's Practice

This booklet illustrates how C4D concepts are operationalised across UNDP practice areas at the program and project level through 13 brief case studies from UNDP country offices. These components strengthen projects primarily through enhanced participation of local people, accountability and more

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Communication for Empowerment in Madagascar

 This report presents the findings of the information and communication assessments conducted in three districts in Northern Madagascar: Antsirabe, Moramanga and Tsiroanomandidy.This report was written by staff and consultants from the Andrew Lees Trust with input fromBarry Driscoll of UNDP. more

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Communication for Empowerment: Media Strategies for Vulnerable Groups

 This Guidance Note explains Communication for Empowerment and its importance to poverty reduction. It identifies trends in the media, and highlights key opportunities and challenges, including the impact of liberalization and the ongoing struggle many media face in holding onto hard fought more

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Fast Facts: UNDP and Civil Society

UNDP works with civil society organizations that demonstrate their commitment to internationally recognized human rights principles and accountability to their constituents. UNDP seeks to empower civil society to achieve both "downstream" local development results and "upstream" more

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Global Inventory of UNDP Engagement with Civil Society

 The inventory provide a global overview and analysis of the ways in which UNDP engages with civil society. The inventory is the result of the global survey carried out in 2007-2008 to which 102 country offices (72%) responded. The survey focused on assessing the expanse of country offices more

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Results: Civil Society and Civic Engagement in the Arab States Region

The peoples’ movement that spread across North Africa and other parts of the Arab world in 2011 expressed a growing demand for government accountability, especially by the younger generation. It resulted in political transitions or reforms in half a dozen countries, affecting the lives of over 100 more

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The Future of Participatory Civil Society Assessments: A Conceptual Analysis

Building on the progress made in civil society assessments since 2000, there is a common understanding that the time is right for a next generation of assessment tools. These new tools will address important fundamental issues of philosophy, principle and methods. The Future of Participatory Civil more

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The Role of Legal Reform in Supporting Civil Society: An Introductory Primer

The Role of Legal Reform in Supporting Civil Society: An Introductory Primer (2009) discusses the trends in legal and regulatory frameworks governing the establishment of civil society organizations, and their space and scope to function in public. This paper provides (1) an introductory overview more

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UNDP Strategy on Civil Society and Civil Engagement

The purpose of the Strategy on Civil Society and Civic Engagement (2012) is to provide UNDP with a framework for both empowering and engaging with civil society. It seeks to focus on the need for reinvigorated efforts, as part of the agenda for organizational change, towards innovative more

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UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: A Policy of Engagement

UNDP and Civil Society Organization: A Policy of Engagement (2001) provides set of principles to guide UNDP engagement with CSOs, and highlights policy and programmatic implications. more

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UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: Partners in Development

The publication UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: Partners in Development (2003) documents good practices of UNDP/CSO partnerships working in various focus areas of UNDP such as Democratic Governance, HIV/AIDS, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment and more

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UNDP's Work on Civic Engagement

A fundamental aspect of a democratic state is the right of its citizens to participate in decision-making processes. The success of development and participatory governance depends on both a robust state and an active civil society with healthy levels of civic engagement.


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UNDP's Engagement with Civil Society

UNDP focuses on investing in civil society and civic engagement; facilitating citizen action for democratic governance and development; and strengthening civic engagement for human development.


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