Article International Democracy Day
COVID-19 is having an impact on governance systems, state-society relations, and human rights. In some places we see the centralization of executive powers; increased pressures on socio-political cohesion; disruption of democratic practices, including elections; lack of confidence between people and states; erosion in the relationship between local and national governments; spread of mis/dis-information, as well as lack of access to information.
Whilst this is concerning, COVID-19 also presents opportunities to make societies more inclusive and resilient both in the immediate response and in the longer term COVID-19 recovery.
UNDP’s governance work promotes peaceful, just, and inclusive societies across through supporting governments at all levels, civil society, and people, in line with the vision of SDG16. In the context of COVID-19, governance has been central to UNDP’s response, supporting states to ensure plans and strategies are inclusive, respect human rights, and are in accordance with the rule of law.
We also seek to strengthen parliamentary oversight of COVID-19 response efforts, as well as seek to mainstream anti-corruption measures into COVID response, whether that relates to the procurement of health equipment or the rolling-out of large-scale social protection measures.