Analysis and Learning


The Oslo Governance Centre is mandated to codify, analyze and disseminate the learning from UNDP's work in democratic governance, with a view to informing policy and programmes. The Centre analyses Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund projects and thematic/cross-practice areas more broadly, in order to determine what factors contributed to their positive or negative impact.

In addition, the Learning and Analysis Unit undertakes work on emerging issues, in close cooperation with other parts of the Democratic Governance Group, as well as research institutions around the world.

How We Work

DGTTF Analysis

The Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF) was created in 2001 to support innovative democratic governance approaches and address issues in politically sensitive areas that may prove to be more difficult to fund otherwise. The mandate and work of the Oslo Governance Centre speaks directly to ensuring that UNDP as a whole, the Regional and Country Offices and DGTTF's donors learn about and from the achievements and shortcomings of DGTTF-funded projects.

Democratic Governance Programme Analysis

The Oslo Governance Centre identifies gaps in UNDP democratic governance 'learning from the field' and provides recommendations on how such learning could better support our work at all levels. The analysis focuses on cross-thematic areas (for example, anti-corruption initiatives in parliaments), cross-practice, (for example, work on informal institutions), intra-thematic issues (for example, a specific issue related to elections) or a theme not currently covered (for example, youth).

Emerging Issues

The Centre undertakes analysis linked to specific emerging issues facing democratic governance at global, regional and country levels. Work in this area includes providing guidance on political economy analysis to support programmatic activities as well as policy dialogue on the ground based on a detailed understanding of the forces influencing the development of societies; another example is state building, ensuring that issues of inclusion, responsiveness and accountability are being addressed. And a final example is analysis of trends in democratic governance in the next 10 years and the challenges and opportunities to come.

Learning and Training

The Centre maintains a democratic governance training programme online that is available to anyone free of charge, covering areas such as human rights, gender and governance, anti-corruption, access to information, engaging with civil society, electoral systems and processes, public administration reform, parliamentary development, justice system and decentralization and governance and conflict prevention. In addition, the Centre organizes a variety of face-to-face trainings, workshops and seminars for UNDP staff and partners on selected democratic governance topics throughout the year.