International Day of Democracy

"Democracy Education"

The subject of this year's theme -- democracy education -- is essential for the long-term success of democracy. It is only with educated citizens that a sustainable culture of democracy can emerge.   Read the UN Secretary-General's Message for 2012.

Democratic governance is a cornerstone of UNDP's work, instrumental to empowering nations and communities in 177 countries and territories around the world. In 2011, UNDP helped more than 130 countries and devoted US$1.5 billion to democratic governance, making it one of the world's largest providers of democratic governance assistance.

UNDP strengthens democratic participation in civic engagement, electoral systems and processes, parliamentary development; and e-governance and access to information.

Our results

  • UNDP in Afghanistan

    In Afghanistan, women won 27 percent of parliamentary seats, exceeding a 25 percent quota reserved for them during the 2010 elections, following a program of UNDP electoral assistance that included awareness raising and training on gender-related issues.more

  • UNDP in Somalia

    In Somalia, the UNDP-supported Somaliland women’s Law Association provided over 1,000 people access to legal aid in 2011. As a result, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence received critical legal support and, in many cases, a conviction. more

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Our stories


Cambodian councils cooperate to provide community with school

Several years ago, Soy Pheap, a 39-year-old mother of seven, was forced to make a tough decision: send her daughter away, or forfeit the young girl’s more

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Message from Helen Clark

"A functioning democracy needs effective institutions but it also relies on people being aware of both their rights and their responsibilities. It requires those to be respected and upheld. It requires accountable government."

Related publications
Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties

This guidebook identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms.

Democracy Assessments - 2012

This interative map shows a selection of nationally driven initiatives to measure aspects of democracy or democratic practice in their country.

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