UNDP's global programme seeks to assist developing countries in producing disaggregated and non-ranking governance indicators to enable national stakeholders to better monitor performance toward democratic governance reforms. You can read more about the Global Programme here, dig into the nuts and bolts of assessments in our How-To pages, or review over 300 assessments in the data base of initiatives focusing on a wide variety of governance themes and processesses.
The "labeling problem" is particularly applicable when assessing democracy: A variety of definitions exists, including minimalist assessments that only take into account the existence of certain key institutions such as peaceful transition of leadership based on elections. Broader definitions assess the enjoyment and protection of a wide range of political and civil rights within a country. Disagreements also exist about the manifestations of democracy, for example, to what degree Western-style versions should take preeminence over localized practices and norms.
Critical in any debate on assessing democracy is that the assessment process itself becomes a democratic exercise based on principles of participation, representativeness, accountability and inclusion of the voices of the poor, women and marginalized.
The project is designed to present a systematic comparative survey of attitudes towards political values, democracy, and governance around the East Asia region. As a result, the project also aims to...