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 Goals

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

Ensuring people’s participation in decision-making

Voters standing in a queue to vote at a local polling station set up at National Inter College in Varanasi, India on 12 May 2014. UNDP promotes the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of election management and administration. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India more

Our Stories

The N-Peace Awards 2017 Online Exhibition

Eleven gender equality advocates, women leaders, and champions for peacebuilding have been recognised for their achievements at the annual N-Peace Awards Gala 2017 hosted by the United Nations Development Programme. Read their stories here. more 


Understanding extremism requires understanding the people it affects. #ExtremeLives is a series of Facebook Live broadcasts from countries across the region, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, covering on-the-ground stories of violent extremism. This is a partnership between UNDP and Facebook. more 

Under a UNDP governance project, women in North Moluccas province get a briefing on legal rights. Photo: UNDP Indonesia
Indonesia: Fighting for social justice

Just a few years ago, Indonesian housewife Ibu Odah had little knowledge of legal affairs. Now, the mother of two is at the forefront of themore 

The IT unit of in the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL). Photo: UNDP in Timor Leste.
Young women encouraged to join national police of Timor-Leste

A recent survey on gender violence indicates that 38 percent of Timorese women have experienced physical violence by the age of 15. Despite the enactment ofmore 

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