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.

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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

Projects and Initiatives

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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

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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 estimatedmore

Indigenous Peoples
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"The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. […]  Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations." 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Find out more about our work with Indigenous Peoples
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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