The Inclusive and Democratic Governance portfolio aims to contribute to strengthening governance processes and institutions that are responsive to citizens’ demands and universal norms.

It addresses structural issues pertaining to the rule of law and human rights including with respect to gender, participation and accountability.

Support is provided to the relevant institutions to enable improved access to justice and to enhance implementation of local administration reforms in line with the subsidiarity principle.

Building on past record of impartiality, promotion of innovation in governance, and the UN’s role as a guardian of international norms, UNDP contributes to strengthening the independence of institutions, particularly judicial actors and national human rights mechanisms.

At the heart of our work on inclusive and democratic governance, there are four key areas:

  • Rule of Law and Human Rights
  • Integrated Border Management
  • Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality
  • Responsive and Accountable Institutions

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