Democratic Governance


Democratic governance challenges in Asia and the Pacific are diverse, ranging from inequitable service delivery to information in bureaucratic cultures, weaknesses in parliamentary oversight, lack of equal access to justice and exclusion of marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples. The ongoing global economic crisis and compounded democracy deficits in the region have, in turn, deterred the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).More

Our Goals

UNDP works in the Asia and the Pacific to ensure people’s participation in decision-making processes and establishing accountable and responsive governing institutions; and help governments strengthen core institutions at all levels.More

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

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Our Perspective

Truth-by-phone: How PNG is pitting the humble mobile phone against massive corruption

Papua New Guinea stands at one of the most decisive junctures in its development. more

Tackling illegal money flows in Asia could bring schools, hospitals and bridges to the poorest

Illicit financial flows (cross-border flows of money that is illegally earned, transferred or utilised) are depriving the poorest economies in the region from vital funds for development. more

Scaling-up Innovations

  • Mountains of paper tied together in musty government offices in Bangladesh are being replaced by data on computers, making access easier for officials and timely for citizens.

    Access to Information in Bangladesh


  • Naran Majhi, villager in Odisha, India, had no rights of ownership on his land for years. Today he shows the forest land patta or recognition document for his land holdings. Photo: Lingaraj Panda/UNDP India

    Access to Justice in India