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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: 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: Strong Democracies Need Strong Political Parties

This paper articulates that the strengthening of democratic governance requires more than well-functioning elections, parliaments, an independent judiciary and other institutions and processes. It calls for a strong democratic culture and robust, transparent, internally democratic and accountablemore


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


Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners

This Guide is designed to be a key reference tool for electoral practitioners including electoral management bodies, independent broadcasting authorities and international assistance providers. It aims at improving an understanding of some of the key issues related to media andmore