Oslo Governance Centre

The Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) works to position UNDP as a champion of democratic governance, both as an end in itself, and as a means to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This is done through knowledge networking and multi-disciplinary team work, as well as through close partnerships with leading policy and research institutions in different parts of the world.

Our key areas of work include:

  • Conducting systematic analysis and reviews of UNDPs governance work around the globe aimed at learning from experiences in the field; 
  • Based on the analysis and reviews, contributing to UNDP's programming and policy advisory services at the national, regional and global levels; 
  • Supporting countries to conduct nationally owned and driven democratic governance assessments that serve to strengthen democratic governance at the country level. 
  • Addressing new and emerging areas of democratic governance and building the capacity of UNDP's front-line staff to address these new challenges.

What We Do

  • Governance Assessments

    Through the Global Programme on Governance Assessments, UNDP continues the work started on governance indicators in 2002. The Global Programme seeks to assist developing countries in producing governance indicators that enable national stakeholders to better monitor performance toward democratic governance reforms.

  • Analysis and Learning

    The Oslo Governance Centre is mandated to codify, analyze and disseminate the lessons from UNDP's work in democratic governance, with a view to informing policy and programmes.

Browse our Latest Publications

Social accountability is at the heart of UNDP’s work in democratic governance, and human development. Using examples from different contexts and regions, this guidance note provides an overview of social accountability principles and offers guidance on how to incorporate its practice into programming.

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Arab Think Tanks Claim Role in Influencing Public Policy
Amman Regional Forum, 2 - 4 July 2013
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Launch: NEW Fellowship Programme on Democratic Governance


UNDP and Fafo partner on Governance research on Egypt

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In Focus
Women's political participation:
stepping up or stepping back?

Norway commemorates the 100th anniversary for women's voting rights in 2013.  But have we truly committed to stepping up efforts to ensure gender equality world-wide, or are we stepping back in both formal and informal processes for political participation? Heba El-Kholy, our Oslo Governance Centre Director reflects on international tendencies and suggests concrete means to strengthen women's participation.

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Visiting address: Inkognitogata 37
0256 Oslo, Norway


Mail address: P.O. Box 2847, Solli
0204 Oslo, Norway


Phone: +47-22121600


Email: oslo.governance.centre@undp.org


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