All Democratic Governance Publications

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Human Development View Point: Inclusive Local Governance, Representation and Affirmative Action

There is need for a balanced approach between the design of representational arrangements and affirmative action measures if equity in political representation is to be achieved in local governance. UNDP believes that equity in political representation can be achieved through active support to more

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Human Development View Point: Nothing Less Than Parity

A key measure of democracy is the status of women as equal citizens with equal access to rights and power. Yet, gender balance, particularly in political representation, has progressed slowly in many developing countries, where institutions are still largely dominated by men. This unequal sharing more

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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 local more

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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

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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 accountable more

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Human Rights News Brief - Human Rights for Development, Vol.2

As its predecessor, the second volume of the news brief features a wide range of interesting human rights initiatives from the field, updates on headquarters-led forthcoming knowledge products, messages from some of our UN and NGO partners, as well as an inspiring and compelling personal story from more

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Human Rights News Brief - Human Rights for Development, Vol.3

The latest issue of the Human Rights for Development News Brief provides an update on UNDP’s work in the area of human rights from Country Offices, Regional Centers, and the Headquarters. It also features our joint undertakings with Partner Agencies, compelling stories from the practitioners and more

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Human Rights for Development News Brief, 2011 Edition

The latest issue of the News Brief highlights with UNDP’s response to current developments and emerging trends in the area of human rights. These include: the Right to Development, the Arab Spring, Rights of the Indigenous Peoples and Persons with Disabilities as well as UNDP's involvement in human more

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Illicit Financial Flows from the Least Developed Countries 1990-2008

This paper explores the scale and composition of illicit financial flows from the 48 LDCs. This issue has been recognised by the UN as important for development and the MDGs. Illicit capital flight is a major hindrance to the mobilisation of domestic resources for development. Through the UN, the more

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India Country Assessment: The Asia-Pacific Rights and Justice Initiative

This report presents the findings of an assessment of two projects supported by Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF): ‘Access to Justice by Poor and Disadvantaged People’, and ‘Legal Empowerment Through Community Radio’ conducted in April and May 2009. The assessment focused on more