Democratic Governance

More countries than ever before are working to build democratic governance. Their challenge is to develop institutions and processes that are more responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens, including the poor, and that promote development. UNDP helps countries strengthen electoral and legislative systems, improve access to justice and public administration and develop a greater capacity to deliver basic services to those most in need.

Our Goals

Through its programmes, UNDP brings people together within nations and around the world, fostering partnerships and sharing ways to promote participation, accountability and effectiveness at all levels. We aim to build effective and capable states that are accountable and transparent, inclusive and responsive — from elections to participation of women and the poor. Learn more about our work with the Youth.

Facts and figures

More than 30,000 citizens were consulted on the draft Tunisia Constitution through initiatives supported by UNDP. Commitments to human rights, among other provisions, are pivotal steps towards inclusive democracy. More

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Projects and Initiatives

Spotlight on Youth

'The combination of youth and innovation has the potential to create solutions to development challenges and to transform societies.’ — Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has made working with and for young people one of the top priorities in his Fimore


Young Palestinians prepare for politics

When young people, particularly young men feel excluded and are unable to have a say in the way their communities are run, the likelihood of political violence increases. In the West Bank and Gaza, where political issues are often resolved through violence, years of conflict and recently - politicalmore


UNDP and Fafo partner for research on Governance in Egypt

Oslo, 4 July 2013: Effective policies in democratic governance require solid, bold and relevant research. UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) prides itself in partnering with institutions which make this possible, building on its global network of country offices, civil society organisations anmore

Featured Publications
Global Report: Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA)

The UNDP Global Report on GEPA provides analysis of the obstacles in the way of women’s equal participation and decision-making in public administration. 

Governance and the Post-2015 Development Framework

This series of Issue Briefs have been prepared as part of the Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Role of UNDP in Promoting Democratic Elections in Africa

Many African countries have made substantial progress in recent years in consolidating democratic practices. In support of these efforts, UNDP has actively pursued its mandate to assist in improving electoral processes.

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