All Democratic Governance Publications

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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: 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 tomore

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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: Economic empowerment of youth

Youth unemployment, underemployment and wages that are below the poverty line ($1.25 per day) diminish human and social capital and are associated with poorer health and educational outcomes.  This contributes to long-term, intergenerational poverty and inequality leading to weaker resistancemore

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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

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Fast Facts: Gender and Democratic Governance

UNDP strives to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision making. When women participate in decision-makingmore

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Fast Facts: Human Rights and UNDP

The three pillars of the United Nations are peace and security, human rights, and development, and constitute the founding principles of the UN Charter. In its efforts to advance human development, UNDP supports Member States and partners in grounding their national development plans, policies andmore

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Fast Facts: Justice and Security

In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable. UNDP promotes effective, responsive, accessible and fair justice systems as a pillar of democratic governance. Our focus ismore

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Fast Facts: Local governance

For poor people to make their voices heard, local institutions of governance are the most important avenue. This is where the poor, women and minorities can participate in governance and influence decisions affecting their lives.   For UNDP, local governance comprises the combined set ofmore

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Fast Facts: Parliamentary Development

Viable democracy and open society depend on effective lawmaking, oversight and representation — the three chief functions of parliaments. Parliaments are pillars of democratic governance, with a critical role in spurring and sustaining national action towards the Millennium Development Goals. Theymore