Focus Areas

Citizen Democracy, Analysis & Advocacy

UNDP advocates for a democracy of citizenship –a rights-based and citizen-centered approach- and the promotion of inclusive participation. Therefore, the inclusion of traditionally excluded social groups is a key developmental objective, aiming to strengthen democratic governance, including through training and skill enhancement. We also produce studies that not only map crucial problem but also help share examples of successful policies to help decision makers as well as community leaders strengthen democratic governance—from the local, to the national levels. MORE >

Inclusive & Accountable Governance

The way public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources is at the heard of social and economic development. Good governance helps ensure that resources reach the population in need. But that’s not all. It has to be inclusive and accountable—in the local, state and national levels. Following decades of democratic regime, after the 1980’s and 1991’s the bulk of the region went through a transition towards democracy. And holding governments accountable became a crucial need. UNDP works in the region to enhance governments’ capacity –particularly at the local level— to deliver better services, boosting transparency and accountability. MORE >

Citizen Participation & Empowerment

Despite some setbacks, the region has experienced its longest period of democratic rule, beginning in the 1990s. Apathy has turned to activism, particularly among social media-savvy youth. Citizens want their governments to play a substantive role in boosting employment, education, and health. However, boosting political participation of indigenous peoples, women and young people aged 15-29 still remains a challenge. UNDP works with governments, civil society organizations and with young leaders – particularly women and indigenous peoples—to engage them in decision-making, in civil issues and in politics, providing training and boosting their skills and knowledge about their rights and the importance to be key players in the region’s democracy. MORE >