The Millennium Declaration emphasizes the value of inclusive political processes that allow genuine participation by all citizens. Broad-based citizen's participation is crucial to achieving the MDGs.
UNDP fosters inclusive participation and civic engagement at the local and national levels, with a focus on:
- Electoral laws, institutions and processes
- Strengthening parliaments' relationships with civil society
- Mobilization channels such as political parties and civil society organizations
- Communication channels in relation to access to information, e-governance and independent media
To promote electoral turnout among marginalized and under-represented members of society, UNDP supports efforts to strengthen the capacity of political parties and civil society organizations, and to conduct civic and voter education programmes.
Inclusive participation is also fostered through community boards, social audits and participatory processes of local decision-making. Civic engagement, support for an independent and pluralist media, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and e-governance also play important roles. Access to information empowers the poor, women and minorities.
The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democratic governance. UNDP deepens inclusive participation through mechanisms and opportunities in four areas: