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Currently, UNDP support in the practice area of democratic governance includes the following:

Capacity Strengthening of Parliament: UNDP provides technical and financial support under the auspices of the "3 Year Multi Donor Support Programme" to enhance the quality of the national governance system in cooperation and consultation with partners and stakeholders, strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of the Parliament of Zimbabwe to exercise its legislative, representational and oversight roles.

Enhancing Justice Delivery and Human Rights for All: UNDP recognizes that the Justice, Law and Order Sector is critical to building and strengthening the human rights architecture, deepening democracy and enhancing people participation in governance affairs. The sector plays an important role in strengthening accountable democratic institutions that are responsive to the populace justice demands and the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights. UNDP thus provides support to the justice Law and Order Sector to strengthen the capacity of key institutions in the sector to be able to deliver justice to all.

Capacity Building for Local Government and Service Delivery: UNDP recognizes the critical role that local government plays both in terms of deepening democracy and enhancing people participation in affairs that have a direct bearing on their livelihoods. Local authorities play an important role in local development and service delivery that will contribute to the attainment of the MDGs. UNDP provides technical and financial support  to build capacities in the local government sector for more efficient service delivery to the people.

Public Sector Reform: With the UNDP funded project "Strengthening Government Capacity for the Implementation of the Results Based Programme (RBM), the Government of Zimbabwe has embarked on a programme to strengthen the public sector reforms that date back to the early 1990s. These reforms are aimed at strengthening the national capacity for participatory planning processes, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, as well as the consolidation of on-going donor support by developing strategic linkages between key Government systems and processes in public administration. This is inclusive amongst other strategic UNDP efforts to support the national anti-corruption initiative to promote efficiency, accountability and transparency in the public service.

Socio-economic dialogue and Conflict Transformation: In the recent years, UNDP has up scaled its support for social cohesion initiatives in Zimbabwe. In this regard, UNDP supports the creation of strategic national dialogue platforms for broad consensus building to promote a culture of national dialogue, participatory policy development and social cohesion instrumental to sustainable development. The office supports the establishment of the National Peace and Reconciliation commission, a new Commission established in terms of the recently adopted new constitution of the country. The Office continues to be associated with strategic dialogue, peace building and conflict management initiatives such as the church led Ecumenical Leaders Forum (ECLF), the Tripartite Negotiation Forum (TNF) and National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF). Increasingly, UNDP Zimbabwe is actively engaged in capacity building in negotiations skills, dialogue and conflict transformation for State and none State actors to promote a culture of collective problem solving, cooperative/ mutual gains negotiation and dialogue.

Promotion and protection of Human Rights: UNDP is increasingly supporting work in strengthening the capacity of the national institutions and actors in the integration of human rights and the rule of law in the national development processes. The office provides capacity building support to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission as well as support to Civil Society Organizations in the promotion and monitoring of human rights in the country.  Some of the initiatives covered include training on human rights and, human rights based approaches to programming.

Strengthening  the National Gender Machinery: In contribution to the fulfilment of international, regional and national gender justice policy and legal frameworks such as the Beijing platform for Action, CEDAW, the MDGs, the SADC Gender and Development protocol, the National Gender Policy and the Medium Term Plan, the Government of Zimbabwe will be assisted in strengthening the national gender machinery (NGM) to effectively play its coordination role and contribute to the fulfilment of national, regional and international instruments