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Fast Facts: Anti-corruption and Democratic Governance

Corruption undermines human development by diverting public resources to private gain and reducing access to public services.  Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will largely depend on the quality of governance and level of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity in themore

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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 publicmore

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Fast Facts: E-Governance and Access to Information

The explosive use of mobile technologies in the last five years and better Internet access give us cause to reconsider how we confront traditional development challenges. If five billion people on earth today have access to a mobile device, the issue that needs to be addressed is not the ‘digitalmore

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Fast Facts: Electoral Systems and Processes

Elections are a transformative tool for democratic governance. Elections can allow genuine participation by all citizens in decisions affecting their lives, which is crucial to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. But each vote is part of a larger process that stretches before, during andmore

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Fast Facts: Fostering Inclusive Participation

The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democratic governance.  UNDP fosters inclusive participation and civic engagement, placing high priority on under-represented segments of society such as the poor, women, indigenous peoples and minorities.more