Democratic, Decentralized Governance

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  • Capacity Development for Local Governance (2008-2012)Capacity Development for Local Governance (2008-2012)In partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of elected representatives and officials, institutions and processes at various levels to improve service delivery through training, networking and knowledge sharing.

  • Strengthening Capacities for Decentralised Planning (2013-2017)Strengthening Capacities for Decentralised Planning (2013-2017)The project, in partnership with the National Institution for Transforming India Aayog, aims to demonstrate effective models of decentralized planning; support various state governments’ capacity development initiatives and monitor, implement and document good practices.

  • Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (September 2013 - December 2017)Strengthening Capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (September 2013 - December 2017)The project aims to strengthen the functioning of panchayats through better implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) at national and state levels. RGPSA is a scheme of the Government of India that aims to enhance the capacities of panchayats and gram sabhas; and enable democratic decision making in panchayats.

  • Supporting Democratic Electoral Management (September 2013 - December 2017)Supporting Democratic Electoral Management (September 2013 - December 2017)The project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of election management and administration with other developing countries through the Election Commission of India.

  • Strengthening Public Administration and Governance (2013-2017)Strengthening Public Administration and Governance (2013-2017)In partnership with the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, the project aims to document and disseminate innovative solutions and best practices in public service delivery, governance and public administration at the national and sub-national levels in India; promote initiatives that leverage e-governance and m-governance (mobile app based governance) to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of public administration; and support the collation of best international practices in public administration and governance that are relevant to India in support of global and South-South collaboration.


UNDP promotes social, economic and political inclusion of the most disadvantaged, particularly women and girls. We partner with the Government of India to strengthen systems, institutions and mechanisms that enable local elected representatives, officials and communities to perform their functions effectively.

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