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 institutions must have the capacity to address these difficulties while at the same time delivering the benefits of human development.
In response to these demands, UNDP is focusing on enhancing the capacity of the state to make it more responsive, capable, and inclusive. UNDP’s Democratic Governance Global Community of Practice meeting, held in Dakar in February 2010, brought together former heads of states and practitioners and corroborated this approach. UNDP is supporting this agenda by fostering inclusive participation and promoting responsive institutions, underpinned by internationally agreed gender, human rights and anti-corruption principles.