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primary school girlsUNDP supports efforts to advance democratic governance in making democratic institutions more accountable and responsive to citizens, supporting national parliaments, public administrations and rule of law | Photo: UNDP Malaysia

Democratic governance is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. 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.

Globally, the Democratic Governance Group tracks governance policy, promotes knowledge networks, and contributes to shaping the global dialogue on governance. The UNDP Oslo Governance Centre assesses progress and publishes the best thinking in policy and practice.

Regionally, UNDP Regional Centres serve as hubs that link all offices and provide a wide range of services from advisory to programme management. Nationally, more than 130 UNDP country offices promote democratic governance at the request of governments, working in partnership with democratic governance institutions.

Locally, UNDP supports efforts to improve local capacity to deliver basic services, especially to women and the poor - and to ensure their voices are included in political decision-making.

UNDP is the lead agency on democratic governance in the UN system. One third of our total resources go to democratic governance projects, programmes and initiatives each year.

They promote advocacy, capacity development, policy advice and technical support, partnerships, and sharing of experiences and good practices.

How We Work

UNDP supports efforts to advance democratic governance in four main areas:

1.      Expanding people's opportunities to participate in political decision-making, particularly those of women and the poor

2.       Making democratic institutions more accountable and responsive to citizens, supporting national parliaments, public administrations and rule  of  law

3.      Promoting the principles of democratic governance — in particular, anti-corruption, human rights, women's empowerment and equal opportunity

4.      Supporting country-led democratic governance assessments that help countries to assess their needs, monitor their progress and achieve their goals

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