UNDP Around the world

Democratic governance and peacebuilding

UNDP ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by advocating, advising, fostering impartial spaces for dialogue, achieving consensus and building institutions.

UNDP helps governance institutions in countries bring constitutional reforms, organize credible elections, strengthen parliaments, and address policy and institutional options for peace, risk-reduction and development through reconciliation, empowerment and inclusion.

Our goal

UNDP helps create an enabling environment for all social partners, including civil societies, to grow in strength and contribute towards national development.

Our ultimate goal is to bring effective and equitable delivery of service to citizens -- especially the poor, indigenous and local communities -- and reinforce the rule of law and citizen security through the design of appropriate policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and strengthening of local governance institutions.

We assist in bridging the gap between humanitarian, peacebuilding and longer-term development efforts, helping countries in peaceful settlement of disputes and progress towards democratic governance.

We support democratic systems to become more inclusive and accountable, and able to meet expectations for participation, services and security. In 2014, our programmes strengthened electoral processes around the world and helped register 18 million new voters.

In Guatemala, Elena de Paz made history by testifying about the violence she experienced during the country's civil war. UNDP’s Transitional Justice Programme promotes the rights to truth, justice, reparations for victims and a culture of peace to prevent the recurrence of atrocities. Elena is among the indigenous victims of human rights abuses who received legal assistance and psychological counselling. Photo: UNDP Guatemalamore

Our stories

  • All access Afghanistan
    Nov 18, 2016

    In a student hostel in Jalalabad, Afghanistan something extraordinary is taking place. A young woman sits on her hostel bed, bent over a textbook. This is Abida, and she is training to be a nurse in a country where most women haven't finished primary school.

  • Glimmers of hope in the eastern Congo
    Aug 30, 2016

    Survivors of sexual violence find support through the Tupinge Ubakaji programme.

  • Sowing the seeds of a green revolution
    Aug 12, 2016

    Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated labour market. Meet three young entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and making agriculture more sustainable in Benin.

  • In Mexico, youth leaders tackle problems in their communities
    Jul 27, 2016

    The UNDP-supported #JuventudActúaMX platform has provided training for 470 youth from 20 states in Mexico and has created a network of young leaders across the country.

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Programmes and initiatives

  • Response to the crisis in South Sudan

    South Sudan became a nation on 9 July 2011 after a decades-long struggle for independence. However, the widespread optimism that defined the national mood on that day has now vanished. Unresolved political conflicts, ethnic and religious tensions erupted into widespread violence across the country in December 2013, which has continued unabated to this day.more 

  • Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

    The sectarian violence in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. It is estimated that 3 million, about half of the population, need urgent humanitarian assistance. 5,204 civilians have been killed since sectarian violence erupted after rebels overthrew the Government in March 2013. more 

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