Democratic Governance and Human Security

Given the potential for effective results at the local level, this domain will continue supporting drivers of positive reform in municipalities to deliver public services in a more accountable, transparent and effective manner, e.g. by involving more actively local assemblies.

Likewise, citizens, civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media will be supported – with a special focus on supporting their constituency-building – to actively engage in political and administrative processes at a local and central level.

At the central level, institutions will be supported to be more inclusive in key political processes in order to achieve greater social cohesion, specifically in the areas of dealing with the past and the dialogue with Serbia. Confidence-building measures intended to reinforce trust within society, and trust of the population in democratic governance will be supported, including mechanisms for greater protection and respect for human and community rights. 

Domain Goal & Outcomes

The three state powers at central and sub-national levels (legislative, executive and judiciary) strive for socially inclusive governance and effective service provision. Strong civil society organizations and citizens foster peaceful relations between communities.

The following outcomes are expected:

  • Line ministries and supported municipal administrations provide better and more effective services to all their citizens. The national and local assemblies hold their governments to account, legislate in a reform-enabling way and foster their constituency relations;
  • Citizens and CSOs use offered and – where necessary – claim spaces for participation in the shaping of public affairs thereby fostering trust between communities and public institutions;
  • The three state powers together with independent oversight bodies and CSOs take credible steps to foster inclusiveness in key political processes, specifically relating to dealing with the legacy of the past and the political dialogue with minority communities and with Serbia.

A young woman places a folded ballot paper in the ballot box.
The objectives of the SDC include supporting fair and transparent elections, for example in Tunisia. © SDC

The objective of governance is to create an environment that strengthens rule of law and human rights, gender equality, appropriate distribution of power and macro-economic stability. Governance is a strategic objective of SDC development cooperation.

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