Democratic governance and peacebuilding

UNDP ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by advocating, advising, fostering impartial spaces for dialogue, achieving consensus and building institutions.

UNDP helps governance institutions in countries bring constitutional reforms, organize credible elections, strengthen parliaments, and address policy and institutional options for peace, risk-reduction and development through reconciliation, empowerment and inclusion.

Our Goal

UNDP helps create an enabling environment for all social partners, including civil societies, to grow in strength and contribute towards national development.

Our ultimate goal is to bring effective and equitable delivery of service to citizens -- especially the poor, indigenous and local communities -- and reinforce the rule of law and citizen security through the design of appropriate policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and strengthening of local governance institutions.

We assist in bridging the gap between humanitarian, peacebuilding and longer-term development efforts, helping countries in peaceful settlement of disputes and progress towards democratic governance.


We support democratic systems to become more inclusive and accountable, and able to meet expectations for participation, services and security. In 2014, our programmes strengthened electoral processes around the world and helped register 18 million new voters.

In Guatemala, Elena de Paz made history by testifying about the violence she experienced during the country's civil war. UNDP’s Transitional Justice Programme promotes the rights to truth, justice, reparations for victims and a culture of peace to prevent the recurrence of atrocities. Elena is among the indigenous victims of human rights abuses who received legal assistance and psychological counselling. Photo: UNDP Guatemala

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Programmes and Initiatives

Response to the crisis in South Sudan

South Sudan became a nation on 9 July 2011 after a decades-long struggle for independence. However, the widespread optimism that defined the national mood on that day has now vanished. Unresolved political conflicts, ethnic and religious tensions erupted into widespread violence across the country in December 2013, which has continued unabated to this day. more

Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

The sectarian violence in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. It is estimated that 3 million, about half of the population, need urgent humanitarian assistance. 5,204 civilians have been killed since sectarian violence erupted after rebels overthrew the Government in March 2013. more

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Recent publications
  • Preventing violent extremism through promoting inclusive development, tolerance and respect for dignityPreventing violent extremism through promoting inclusive development, tolerance and respect for dignityThe Global Meeting on ‘Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) through Promoting Inclusive Development, Tolerance and Respect for Diversity’ was an opportunity for global development actors to engage in in-depth discussions on their role in preventing violent extremism. This report presents key points from the many conceptual and thematic discussions.

  • Global Principles for the Capacity Assessment of National Human Rights institutionsGlobal Principles for the Capacity Assessment of National Human Rights institutionsEight Global Principles for capacity assessments of National Human Rights Institutions have been identified encompassing compliance with human rights norms and standards. The Global Principles and the analysis contained in this volume guide and strengthen capacity assessments and development of NHRIs across the world.

  • UNDP Rule of Law Annual Report 2015UNDP Rule of Law Annual Report 2015UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations. This Annual Report looks back over the last 8 years and sets the stage for the implementation of Phase III (2016–2019).

Indigenous Peoples

"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

UNDP and Indigenous Peoples