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.

Spotlight on Youth

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Projects and Initiatives


Local Governance in Cambodia

A nation in need of reconstruction 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 el more


Fighting corruption to improve governance in FYR Macedonia

The government decentralization process launched in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia) a decade ago was motivated by the desire to bring public services closer to citizens. According to numerous public opinion polls since the process began, however, people perceive corruption more


Environmental justice in the Philippines

As an archipelago, the Philippines will, in all likelihood, be significantly impacted by the effects of climate change. Greenpeace Southeast Asia has projected that a mere 1-meter rise in the sea level may affect 64 out of 81 provinces in the Philippines.  In Metro Manila alone, it is estimated more

Featured Publications
Discussion Paper: Governance for Sustainable Development

This paper provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities that evolve from the ongoing discussions on how best to integrate governance, rule of law, peace and security priorities into the post-2015 development agenda.

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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