Democratic Governance

and Peacebuilding

Challenges in Asia and the Pacific

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.

Effective and inclusive governance within the Asia-Pacific region enhances productivity and economic growth and tends to improve human development. Conversely, poor governance, including corruption, undermines human and economic development.

Our Goals

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.

What we do

We support democratic systems to become more inclusive and accountable, and able to meet expectations for participation, services and security.

In 2018, UNDP supported 56 counties in their electoral processes. We put digital solutions to the test to improve civic engagement, manage health commodities, and address corruption – helping to shape the next generation of governance solutions.

UNDP helped to deliver last mile health services in 45 countries through our partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. We continued to advocate for those less heard because of stigma, discrimination and violence. This developed the first round of investment portfolios for The Spotlight Initiative – a $500 million partnership between the UN and the European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Meanwhile, we increased the expansion of the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to 38 countries through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office – strengthening our focus on leaving no one behind.

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