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


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


Kyrgyzstan: Protecting the privacy and dignity of people living with HIV and AIDS

By Larisa Bashmakova and Jyldyz Kuvatova Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – When he learned that he had acquired HIV from injecting drugs, 35-year-old Mirlan (not his real name) sought help from the Regional AIDS Prevention Centre in Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan. One day in 2005, television reporters showed up with a rmore

1st Global Forum on Youth Policies
28-30 October 2014 - Baku, Azerbaijan

The Forum seeks to be a milestone in defining and exemplifying what it means to take youth policies forward in the twenty-first century.

Media Briefing | Programme

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Indigenous Peoples

"The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed […] "     Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Featured Publications
Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

This handbook for parliamentarians presents good practices in relation to the recognition and exercise of indigenous peoples’ rights in different regions of the world.

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.

UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017

The UNDP Youth Strategy offers key entry points for systematic and coordinated action to support youth within an increasingly complex development context for their social, economic and political development.

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