In the governance area, the United Nations will concentrate on deepening democracy, increasing voice and public accountability, improving governance at the local level and ensuring better engagement and participation by local populations in their own development.
The specific contribution of UNDP consists of strengthening democratic systems and institutions for accountability and human rights, focusing on duty bearers (Parliament and selected newly established Provincial Assemblies); the justice sector; and independent bodies such as the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), the National Human Rights Commission and the National Crime Observatory (NCO).
The target is to reduce corruption and increase accountability in public finance and service delivery, and access to justice through the development of innovative and more inclusive instruments for justice services, including alternatives to imprisonment and free legal aid.
On the other hand, focusing on rights holders, UNDP seeks to strengthen and improve the quality of participation of civil society, particularly their role in shaping and monitoring the development agenda, including through support to the existing mechanisms of formal provincial consultative bodies such as the development observatories, district consultative councils, and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) national forum.
We also provide support to vulnerable groups, making sure they are aware of their rights and helping them use justice services effectively.
Finally, following more than 10 years of support to decentralization, UNDP is focusing on the operationalization of the decentralization policy and strategy. Central to this support is: the strengthening of the capacity of local governments to deliver, monitor and report on annual plans and budgets, integrating cross-cutting issues; the development of knowledge-management systems for local governance; and the participation of civil society in these processes, holding local authorities accountable.