Building inclusive societies

Building Inclusive Societies
LIBYA: Candidate Radhya Bourawi is elated to have voted after a three-hour wait.

In the wake of the series of popular uprisings that have swept the Arab region over the past two years, UNDP responded to the urgent call for political reform, and for transitional governments to effectively meet the aspirations of men and women, including youth, who envision their future in a more inclusive and just political system in their respective countries.


  • In Egypt, 76,000 national identity cards were issued to women in rural areas.
  • 1,700 women in Tunisia were trained on democratic processes and citizenship.
  • In the region women’s share of seats in parliaments rose from 2.6 percent in 2000 to 12.7 percent in 2013.

UNDP’s work has a special focus on electoral assistance, access to justice and support to national dialogue, to include the voices of people who had been traditionally overlooked.

In partnership with the Government of Japan, UNDP embarked on a range of projects that aim to educate and empower citizens, especially those from poor communities to raise their concerns and become active participants in this historic and dynamic process.

Impressive results have been achieved in several countries. Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, for example, have witnessed a number of milestones in this short but challenging period of transition.

  • Candidate Radhya Bourawi is elated to have voted after a three-hour wait (Credit: UNDP)

    My voice for her: supporting women candidates
    my voice for her Libya

    283 women candidates from across Libya participated in the launch of the “My Voice for Her” national awareness campaign for women candidates that took place inmore

Projects and initiatives


Support to Elections during the Transitional Period (SETP) in Yemen

The aim of this substantive project revision is to align technical and financial support to the electoral cycle following Phase II of the transition in Yemen. The fund is 2,000,000 (USD). The project period is from April 2013 to mid 2014. In Support for development of a credible voter registry, the project finalized the procurement of large scale procurement voter registration kits through international bidding process with 13 bidders and it supported several SCER missions to enhance their capacities and capabilities in electoral management administration. more


Paving the way for a More Effective national Integrity System (Anti-corruption) in Tunisia

The objective of the project is to pave the road for concrete steps to be taken in fighting corruption with an integrated approach. The fund is 247,000 (USD). The project period is from April 2013 to mid 2014. The outcome of this project should be Inclusive policy reform supported for the implementation of the UNCAC more


Support to Somali Federal Police Force

The project aim is to increase the ability of the Ministry of Interior and Police Headquarters to manage the police through a functional review of the police headquarters and the provision of a comprehensive package of training to police managers. The fund is 5,200,000 (USD). The project period is from April 2012 to October 2012. UNDP has provided stipends to the Somalia Police Force to supplement the salary paid by the Federal Government. The three-month training curriculum in use was carefully developed by UNDP in consultation with other international partners giving attention to the human rights framework and its application to the role of the police officer, to gender sensitivity as well as community policing; resulting in a comprehensive curriculum aiming to produce professional police officers who can perform their duties in accordance with, and with respect for, human rights more

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Related Results

Egypt: “Every woman needs to give her opinion,” says Shaine Mohammed from Giza Governorate. Mohammed is one of five million women in Egypt who does not have an identity card (ID). Since the launch of the Woman Citizenship Initiative in 2012, in collaboration with UN Women, two million women are expected to have their IDs that will empower them to vote, and obtain birth certificates for their children and register them for school.


Tunisia: UNDP organized a public debate in July 2013 to address the needs of youth as well as their role in the constitutional process in Tunisia. UNDP also helped produce a song, called Enti Essout (You are the Voice), which became the unofficial anthem of the elections. The song was written, composed and performed by a group of young artists on the contemporary music scene who retain strong Tunisian roots and encourage other young people to participate actively in rebuilding a new Tunisia.

Japan and the Arab States: Partners for Development

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