Governance and


In depth

Sustainable development depends largely on building responsive, transparent and accountable institutions. This means helping to make governments more efficient, innovative and open, through the use of open data, the provision of quality and accessible public services, and the modernization of local and national administrations.

We help to make political processes more inclusive. This means encouraging the participation of citizens, helping governments and institutions become more accountable, and building a stronger and more inclusive social contract.

Across the region, conflicts destroy years of hard-won development achievements. In several places in the region, tensions between different ethnic, religious and political groups risk escalating into more open conflicts. UNDP’s work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding aims to promote social cohesion and empower nations and communities to become more inclusive and resilient to external and internal shocks.

Strengthening the rule of law, increasing justice and security service delivery and promoting human rights are essential to achieving sustainable development, strengthening inclusive governance, fostering social cohesion and sustaining peace.

Voters cast their ballots in the April 2, 2017 elections in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo: Jodi Hilton/UNDP

What we do

UNDP works with partners in Europe and Central Asia to:

  • Combat corruption and increase transparency;
  • Facilitate effective decentralization and strengthen local governance capacities;
  • Strengthen e-governance and public service delivery, and foster open governance and the use of open data;
  • Strengthen the capacity of civil society;
  • Support efforts to reform and improve the functioning of parliaments and increase women’s equal political participation;
  • Sustain peace, recovery and confidence-building;
  • Find development solutions to preventing violent extremism;
  • Strengthen national systems of human rights protection;
  • Improve people’s access to justice and reform legislative and justice systems;
  • Enhance community security and reduce armed violence;
  • Prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence; and
  • Support transitional justice in places with a legacy of conflict.

What we have accomplished

  • Supported the use of data for open governance and advocacy in Ukraine and the Western Balkans;
  • Trained local civil servants in anti-corruption practices and implemented the "Islands of Integrity" methodology in cities across the Black Sea region;
  • Promoted coalition building and networking among women representatives and decision makers to strengthen women’s influence in the parliament in Moldova;
  • Conducted research and engaged with governments and vulnerable groups to prevent violent extremism in Central Asia and the Western Balkans;
  • Supported the work of Peace and Development Advisers who are deployed across the Europe and Central Asia region, in building national peace infrastructures;
  • Supported a regional platform for more effective, independent and interconnected National Human Rights Institutions in Central Asia;
  • Supported the establishment of free legal aid and legal awareness programmes with a focus on vulnerable groups in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan; and
  • Reduced the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons in the Western Balkans, as well as addressed security challenges and reformed gender in police and military.

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