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Europe and CIS

To a large extent, the demand for democratic governance assessment initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States is driven by the political dynamics of the enlargement of the European Union (EU). Countries sometimes measure governance with a view toward the EU accession criteria.
At the same time, demand is increasing among citizens to strengthen democracy within their countries. Assessments are viewed as one tool for remedying what many perceive as a growing disinterest and resistance to national and regional politics and politicians.
In response, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have become the home of a plethora of innovative and local solutions for measuring governance. Such home-grown solutions have sprung from the needs of governments, think tanks, research institutes and NGOs to strengthen the use of evidence in decision making, and to make this process more inclusive.
These pages seek to provide guidance to many of these existing initiatives for measuring democratic governance within Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. They do so with a view to offer guidance to existing data, to overcoming particular regional challenges, and to the methodology and process of conducting a governance assessment.

UNDP supported initiatives in Eastern Europe and CIS

Examples of Regional Initiatives

Media and Access to Information in Southeast Asia

In its work area on "Culture, democracy and development", and going back to the 'New Information Order' and the struggle for the right to inform and be informed in the 1970s, the...

Racism and Intolerance

ECRI is an independent human rights monitoring body of the Council of Europe composed of independent experts from all 45 Council of Europe member States.   ECRI monitors phenomena of...

Saint-Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies-Annual Report

The main activities of the Center are (according to the current programs):   Regional Ombudsmen and Human Rights: development of the Ombudsmen and others state and public organizations...

Supervision of the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is the only example at international level where there is a systematic control of the execution by the State concerned of the decisions of the treaty...


Latinobarómetro nació en 1988 con un estudio piloto en cuatro países del Cono Sur Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay y Chile, sobre las bases sociales de las nuevas democracias. Debido...



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