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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 the more

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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 more

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Fast Facts: Democratic Governance Assessments

Good governance needs good data. UNDP has provided advisory and financial support to catalyze country-led assessment processes in more than 20 countries in all regions. For UNDP, governance assessments are an important tool in the effort to improve democratic governance as a contribution to more

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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 ‘digital more

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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 and more