Democratic Governance

  • Legal Aid ReviewFeb 5, 2013he study looks at the formal legal aid service provision sector in Sri Lanka and attempts to identify gaps and challenges aimed at recommending changes for a more comprehensive legal aid system that is accessible to all.

  • Legal Aid Policy BriefFeb 5, 2013This document summarizes the report entitled “The Legal Aid Sector in Sri Lanka: Searching for Sustainable Solutions - A Mapping of Legal Aid Services in Sri Lanka.”

  • The Struggle for Equal Political Representation of Women in Sri LankaFeb 5, 2013This study commissioned by the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment and UNDP has sought to briefly trace the history of women’s representation politics, map the work that has been done by women’s organizations and the National Institutions for Women in order to increase women’s participation and representation in political institutions in Sri Lanka, and finally propose recommendations for future activism.


UNDP supports the Government to address governance issues by strengthening national institutions to respond to the needs of its citizens. UNDP’s new programme cycle which came into operation in 2013, closely links the poverty reduction, democratic governance and crisis prevention and recovery pillars, under the new ‘Governance for Empowerment and Social Inclusion’ cluster. UNDP will continue to support responsive governance and strengthen access to justice and the rule of law.