All Democratic Governance Publications

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Informal justice systems

Providing accessible justice is a state obligation under international human rights standards, but this obligation does not require that all justice be provided through formal justice systems. If done in ways to respect and uphold human rights, the provision of justice through informal justicemore

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Integrating Legal Empowerment of the Poor in UNDP's Work

Adopted by the Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) Project Management Board, this Guidance Note translates LEP into practice by mainstreaming the thematic foci on MDGs’, land governance, informality and the informal economy. It also incorporates lessons learnt from consultations at themore

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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

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Iraq: Support to Decentralization and Local Governance - A Project Assessment

Part of the Local Governance in Complex Environments Lessons Learned series, this report is an assessment of a 2006-2007 Iraqi Post-Constitutional Support to Decentralization and Local Governance Initiatives project. Two tangible results of the project were a nationwide needs assessment of themore

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Justica Restaurativa (Restorative Justice)

 This book seeks to bring insights into the Restorative Justice model, which can be an important tool for building a participatory justice and promoting human rights, inclusion and social peace. more

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Latin America and the Caribbean Human Development Report 2010

The Regional Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean 2010 champions a new approach to understanding and tackling the prevailing inequality in terms of human development plaguing Latin American and Caribbean countries. The report is divided into six chapters, which explore themore

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Lebanon: Promoting Decentralization and Local Governance - An Assessment

Part of the Oslo Governance Center Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund Lessons Learned series on Local Governance in Complex Environments; this assessment of the 2002-2003 Promotion of Decentralization and Local Governance project highlights project outputs such as a policy dialogue on localmore

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Legal Empowerment Strategies at Work

This report examines ten case studies of how development interventions can support access to land rights for marginalized groups, particularly women, and enable poor informal sector workers to better access legal protection and economic empowerment. Drawing on the experiences of poor andmore

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Linking Human Rights and MDGs

 This paper "Linking MDGs and Human Rights:Theoretical and Practical Implications" provides a basic introduction to human rights and the MDGs, discusses the practical relevance of human rights to achieving the MDGs, and addresses the key questions faced by practitioners when workingmore

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Local Governance in Complex Environments

This publication analyzes the results of Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund local governance projects in five complex political environments in the Arab States region – Iraq, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Southern Sudan and Yemen. more