Democratic governance and peacebuilding

UNDP ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by bringing together its ability to advocate, advise, foster impartial spaces for dialogue, achieve consensus and build 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 Goals

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

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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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Featured publications
Democratic governance and diverging pathways to more inclusive societies

This report presents the key achievements and results from UNDP's democratic governance supported initiatives in 2013, from well-run parliaments to accessible formal and customary justice systems, to measures for combating corruption.

UNDP Youth Strategy: Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future

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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