Democratic governance challenges in the Asia-Pacific region are diverse, ranging from inequitable service delivery to information in bureaucratic cultures, weaknesses in parliamentary oversight, lack of equal access to justice and exclusion of marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples. The ongoing global economic crisis and compounded democracy deficits in Asia-Pacific have, in turn deterred the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Ensuring people’s participation in decision-making processes and establishing accountable and responsive governing institutions are at the heart of sustained human development and achieving the MDGs. Reflecting on these governance deficits, UNDP focuses its regional efforts in delivering public services and on the MDGs, based on the following approaches:
UNDP's work in democratic governance is initiated at the request of governments and provided through strengthening core institutions at all levels: national, regional and local/decentralized. Helping the governments strengthen their own institutions isat the centre of our strategy. It ensures sustainability and ownership of results, as well as forges partnerships with international, national and local stakeholders to leverage resources.
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