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

India Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action
[Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India]

India Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action

3.3 million people were eligible to vote in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in the sixth phase of the general elections in India. Representatives from the Election Commissionsmore 

India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials
[Photo: Ronny Sen/UNDP India]

India Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

The palpable excitement of first-time voters, the high turnout of women electorate and the sheer scale of polling enthralled the 14-member electoral delegation from Nepal, whichmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • 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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