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

Our Stories

UNDP in Egypt
UNDP in Egypt

Egypt: ID cards help women proclaim their existence

At 28, Nesma is the principal provider for her children and husband, who is living with a disability. Like many others in Egypt, her family isMore 

UNDP in Sao Tome

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Programme of Assistance to Palestinian People

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UNDP in Moldova

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Responding to the crisis in Yemen

    UNDP is working with local and international partners to build resilience in Yemen by supporting communities and key institutions to lay the foundation for recovery and state-building.

  • Ebola response in West Africa

    What started as a public health crisis in Guinea on 26 December 2013 degenerated into development crises in the three epicentre countries in less than six months.

  • Local Governance in Cambodia

    Few countries have faced such monumental challenges as Cambodia following the Khmer Rouge regime. Shattered infrastructure, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons and limited subnational governance capacity remained barriers to stability long after the 1993 elections.