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

UNDP in Syria

Restoring Roman wells to bring relief

In rural Syria, a scheme to fix up long-abandoned Roman wells provides clean water and emergency jobs to people affected by the conflict.more 

UNDP in Somalia

In Somaliland, local communities benefit from decentralization

The project is helping Somaliland’s administration develop fora for citizens to engage in policy formulation.more 

UNDP in Moldova

Teaming up to improve public services in Moldova

When local governments in Moldova team up with residents, proper garbage collection is one of many new services to improve community life.more 

UNDP in DRC

DRC: Nobody is above the law, not even the military

UNDP is helping the DRC to strengthen its military justice system, demonstrating to villagers that no one is above the law.more 

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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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