Democratic, Decentralized Governance

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.

Our Goals

UNDP supports the Government of India to ensure that accountable and responsive local government systems, locally elected representatives, officials and communities are in place. UNDP also aims to strengthen access to justice for the poor, members of scheduled caste, tribal communities and minorities through strategies and actions that address key barriers in the social, economic and political domain. more


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Stories of Change

Projects and Initiatives

Supporting Democratic Electoral Management

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. It also seeks to support the newly established India International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM) as a training and resource centre to meet the demand for capacity development on electoral management from other countries. more


Increasing Access to Justice for Marginalized People (September 2008 - December 2017)

In partnership with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, the project focuses on strengthening access to justice for the poor, particularly women, scheduled castes, tribal communities and minorities, through developing strategies and initiatives that address the barriers they face accessing justice in legal, social, economic and political domains. more

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Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation: India National Document (2009-2014)

This publication by the Election Commission of India and supported by UNDP, captures India’s experience with the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Programme that catalyzed historic voter turnout in national elections in 2014. The report includes good practices, innovations and lessons learnt, and provides valuable observations on governance structures, particularly for new democracies and countries in transition.

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