Strengthening local governance with a view to promoting democratic representation, establishing entitlements, and improving the provision of goods and services, can play a critical role in human development.
The evaluation finds that UNDP has been active on the ground but has not fully capitalized on the comparative advantage that it has in strengthening local governance. Being demand driven has, at times, led to interventions becoming ad hoc and isolated. Insufficient attention has been paid to establishing entitlements for the poor and engaging with civil society. UNDP contribution has been further limited by the absence of a common understanding across the organization underpinned by corporate guidance. .