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Asia and the Pacific

In recent decades, many countries in Asia have experienced high rates of economic growth. This has raised two central issues with regard to democratic governance in the Asia-Pacific region: Assessing the role of democratic governance in achieving economic growth, and dealing with the new set of challenges that such growth poses to democratic governance.
Demand for country-led governance evidence lies in finding answers to these two central questions. There exists demand for governance evidence to improve management and efficiency of public administration and services, ultimately aimed at reaching development targets. Secondly, demand is growing for governance evidence to deal with new as well as old challenges, and to take into account citizen aspirations of democratic governance.
In Asia and the Pacific, central and local governments, think tanks, research institutes and NGOs have inspired home-grown solutions based on the need to strengthen the use of evidence in decision making and to make decision making more inclusive.
A particular trend in the region is found in performance-based budgeting, where local governments compete for funding based on their performance. The resulting competition between cities and provinces is expected to enhance overall performance. 

UNDP supported initiatives in Asia and the Pacific


Examples of Regional Initiatives

Media and Access to Information in Southeast Asia

In its work area on "Culture, democracy and development", and going back to the 'New Information Order' and the struggle for the right to inform and be informed in the 1970s, the...

Racism and Intolerance

ECRI is an independent human rights monitoring body of the Council of Europe composed of independent experts from all 45 Council of Europe member States.   ECRI monitors phenomena of...

Saint-Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies-Annual Report

The main activities of the Center are (according to the current programs):   Regional Ombudsmen and Human Rights: development of the Ombudsmen and others state and public organizations...

Supervision of the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is the only example at international level where there is a systematic control of the execution by the State concerned of the decisions of the treaty...


Latinobarómetro nació en 1988 con un estudio piloto en cuatro países del Cono Sur Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay y Chile, sobre las bases sociales de las nuevas democracias. Debido...



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