Democratic Governance

  • Ombudsman Institutions in Southeast Europe: EU Accession and the Universal Periodic ReviewOmbudsman Institutions in Southeast Europe: EU Accession and the Universal Periodic ReviewJun 3, 2014

  • Strengthening rule of law and access to justice for the disadvantaged groups and marginalized communities Strengthening rule of law and access to justice for the disadvantaged groups and marginalized communities Jun 3, 2014

  • Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in Central AsiaPromoting the rights of persons with disabilities in Central AsiaMar 7, 2014
    With the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008, protecting and promoting human rights of people with disabilities has emerged as a priority theme for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across the region. This guidance note is the result of a long-term consultative process with NHRIs and other national partners. The guidance note brings together a number of initiatives that increase the visibility of people with disabilities and their inclusion in the society while reflecting some of the key challenges that policy changes may face in Central Asia. It also highlights and captures the important contribution that National Human Rights Institutions can make under the ten strategic areas, from non-discrimination to access to education and employment. Drawing on examples in social policy, health, education and employment, the document underlines the importance of mainstreaming initiatives related to inclusion and accessibility and stresses the potential such policies hold for societies at large.

  • Accessing Justice: Legal Aid in Central Asia and the South CaucasusAccessing Justice: Legal Aid in Central Asia and the South CaucasusFeb 12, 2014
    This comparative report outlines the status of access to justice in six countries – Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Using data from 2011 national reports it describes the status quo, successes, and challenges for access to justice in regard to the international and national regulation, demographic and geographical barriers, supply of legal services, structure of legal and court fees, alternative means of delivery of legal services, and funding and quality of access to justice mechanisms.

  • Guide for Ombudsman Institutions: How to Conduct InvestigationsGuide for Ombudsman Institutions: How to Conduct InvestigationsFeb 5, 2014
    This guide is to share knowledge about best practices developed by Ombudsman institutions around the world. It aims to provide personnel of Ombudsman institutions with accessible guidelines on the rules and approaches for examining complaints and most importantly, for conducting investigations. More specifically, the guide contains best practices on policies regarding the receipt of complaints, decisions to investigate or not, how they are investigated and how the results of those investigations are presented to the complainant, the subject of the investigation, the public and the media. At the same time it does not consider the specific types of complaints or complainants, specific subjects, media relation other than concerning investigations, alternative dispute resolutions or evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of an Ombudsman institution.

  • Q&A: Basic Ratification Guidelines for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesQ&A: Basic Ratification Guidelines for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesFeb 5, 2014
    Persons with disabilities are among the most invisible people in societies. Their exclusion has also been perpetuated because none of the anti-discrimination provisions in UN core human rights treaties acknowledge disability and impairment respectively as a ground of discrimination.

  • Innovating for Rule of Law, Justice and Human Rights - Annual Report 2013Innovating for Rule of Law, Justice and Human Rights - Annual Report 2013Dec 10, 2013
    The 2013 annual report of the regional project "Promoting Human Rights and Access to Justice for Social Inclusion and Legal Empowerment" (PHASE) being implemented by the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia since 2011.

  • Widening Access to Justice and Legal Aid International Workshop reportWidening Access to Justice and Legal Aid International Workshop reportDec 10, 2013
    This report contains findings and recommendations from the International Conference held in April 2013 in Moldova on UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, adopted in April 2012 as the first international instrument exclusively dedicated to legal aid.

  • Strengthening Judicial Integrity through Enhanced Access to JusticeStrengthening Judicial Integrity through Enhanced Access to JusticeDec 2, 2013
    Analysis of the national studies that were carried out in five selected countries/territories (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo*, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia) to assess the capacities of judicial institutions to address the needs of persons with disabilities, minorities and women.

  • UPR: Challenges, Innovation and LeadershipUPR: Challenges, Innovation and LeadershipSep 17, 2013
    This report contains findings and recommendations from the international conference held on November 2011 regarding the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a mechanism of the United Nations and the Human Rights Council that examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.

Our work on democratic governance

UNDP works with national partners to develop state and social structures that protect human rights, encourage healthy parliamentary and judicial oversight, reduce corruption, and empower local governments and civil society.

 

Countries in the region have made significant progress towards democratic governance. However, not all reforms are complete, and much remains to be done.

 

Governance challenges include transparent decision-making, and access to information and public institutions, especially for marginalized groups – challenges that deepened with the global financial crisis, which hit countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia particularly hard.

 

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