Democratic Governance

UNDP has played a key role in strengthening democratic governance in Pakistan since 2003 by providing technical advice, and by building capacity and exchanging knowledge exchange with key Ministries, the judiciary, Parliament, and the Election Commission. more

Our Goals

We aim to build effective and capable governance institutions that are accountable and transparent, inclusive and responsive — from elections to participation of women and the poor. UNDP provides strategic support to institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, working in areas such as decentralization, civic education, rule of law, transparency and women's political empowerment. more

Democratic Governance

Our efforts are strengthening participatory federalism, enhancing good governance and accountability, and improving service delivery.more

Our Stories of Change

Community Policing was introduced in Malakand district to help increase citizens’ confidence in their interactions with police.

The First Woman Police Master Trainer in KP Province

“When I joined the police force, my uncle told me not to enter the village in uniform, saying he will feel embarrassed telling people his niecemore 

Women Returning Officers Help Strengthen Democracy

The atmosphere is electric; the room is abuzz with phones ringing constantly, staff preparing for the arrival of ballot bags, presiding officers from various polling stationsmore 

Badam Zari, the first woman to contest for the National Assembly seat from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

The first-ever woman candidate contesting in general elections from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

"I decided to serve the people of FATA to the best of my ability," said Badam Zari, National Assembly Candidate from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.more 

Zameer training the staff of the Election Commission of Pakistan for polling in the general elections. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Tehseen Owais

Women taking the lead in training staff for the general elections

"Our vote is our voice. If we do not vote, we will not get the leadership that we need to reduce inflation, eradicate poverty and providemore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes

    The project was set up following a request by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the United Nations for electoral assistance. The project takes an electoral cycle approach supporting the periods before, during and after elections. The two phases of the project are Phase I: pre-elections and elections and Phase II: post-elections. more 

  • Strengthening Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

    The project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The rule of law programme aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectarian processes. The project is supporting sustainable peace through improved access to justice for women and men in the Malakand division through effective and accountable justice and security service delivery.more 

  • Decentralization and Local Governance

    The project is aiming to contribute to strengthening the democratic processes and institutions at the federal, provincial and local levels that are responsive and accountable to citizens, and effective in equitable service delivery.more 

  • Governance Reforms and Innovation

    This initiative provides support to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform for public sector reforms and innovation for improved performance and service delivery, citizen’s satisfaction and reducing multi-dimensional.more 

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