UNDP partners with national stakeholders in China to provide innovative and people-centred policy and programme advice to achieve equitable development and inclusive governance in China. With over 35 years of rapid economic development, China faces consequent challenges of rising inequality and disparity between different sectors in society. China is working to respond to the demand for participation in political and social affairs. UNDP engages with China on issues of equity and develops more responsive and accountable public service delivery and inclusive governance, in line with the priorities laid out at the Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress.

Our Goals

UNDP works with the Government by supporting the current 13th Five-Year Plan which includes goals to make the governance process in China more transparent, equitable and inclusive, by supporting pilot projects for new governance techniques and providing high-level context-specific policy recommendations. At present our shared focus is on improving the rule of law, promoting more widespread participation through government performance assessment and extending social governance by increasing the involvement of civil society in the governance process.more

Legal Aid

A volunteer distributes materials in Douzuizi village, Sichuan province as part of a UNDP legal aid project.more

Smart Cities and Social Governance: Promoting Community Engagement in Public Decision Making

Local governments need to address increasingly complex challenges and emerging social issues, and implement effective and inclusive city governance with limited resources. Smart city development, driven by big data and cloud computing, has the potential to bring profound changes in the governance of urban society. UNDP's Smart Cities and Social Governance project looks to ensure that community voices are included in public decision-making, tracking community using high-tech platforms to promote more inclusive, community-led city development

Our Stories

Abolishment of re-education through labour: strengthening rule of law and judicial reform

Tang Hui is one of many who have found themselves on the wrong side of the re-education through labour (RTL) system in China. After the sexual assault of her daughter in 2006, Tang was dissatisfied with the sentence handed to the seven offenders and raised her grievance with the verdict. As a result, she was sent to a camp under the RTL system without formal trial.more 

Street Children: Re-entering Society with New Skills and Confidence

To the average observer eleven year old Wang Nan and fifteen year old Li Dong (names have been changed to protect identities) look like any other boys their age. But what might seem like an ordinary life on the surface hides a quite extraordinary childhood. Roaming the streets in gangs by day, the boys spent their nights at ATM booths, begging for money and scavenging for supermarket giveaways and restaurant leftovers.more 

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Sealing in The Sustainable Development Goals

The SDG Seal is an initiative designed to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals from national level all the way down to the local level. Patrick Haverman, Deputy Director at UNDP China, explains the background behind the new initiative to deliver 'SDG localisation'.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Public Participation in Governance Performance Assessment for MDG Acceleration in China

    The overall aims of this project are to help establish a transparent, responsive and accountable public administration system by promoting public participation in government performance assessment (PPGPA). An analysis was undertaken of the eight typical models of local PPGPA, which summarised the patterns of current PPGPA in the Chinese national context. From this best practices and lessons learnt have been identified, the main obstacles to PPGPA’s development assessed and suggestions provided for improving PPGPA in the future. more 

  • Protect the Environmental Rights and Justice of the Public

    The project helped establish a public interest litigation system in China’s civil procedure. China’s new Civil Procedure Law endorsed the ACEF-UNDP legislative proposal to qualify Civil Society Organisations as plaintiffs in public interest litigation to the National People’s Congress.more 

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