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Consolidating democratic processes

Women with their backs turned wearing blue burkas and a girl facing forwards and smiling

 

Democracy, good institutional governance and guaranteed fundamental rights form the bases of sustainable human development. Any State that wishes to implement policies to eradicate poverty will need effective and representative institutions as well as strong and organised civil societies, where citizens are guaranteed fundamental rights. This would have a specific effect on the most vulnerable social groups' access to rights, with a special focus on the cultural identity and individual and collective rights of indigenous communities.

 

Drafting the Sector-specific Democratic Governance Action Plan for the AECID

 

Our lines of work and the work of the Secretary-General's Office within each of these are:

1. Driving forward the quality of democracy

  • During 2014, our programme supporting democratic governance in North Africa and the Near East, the Masar Programme, will continue to promote policies for institutional and social development through institution-building and strengthening civil society organisations. To do this, we plan to run a range of workshops with the aim of creating various methodological tools specifically designed for governance-related gender issues.
  • Monitoring the development of Spain's position on governance in relation to the Post-2015 Agenda.

2. Strengthening public sector administration and management

  • During 2014, we plan to continue the Latin American Specialised Technical Training Programme (PIFTE), which contributes to greater democratic governance in Latin America through capacity-building in institutions and among social agents.
  • Monitoring and strengthening of the international agenda (post-2015 and other forums) for the reduction of inequality, especially with regard to Middle-Income Countries and their governance pitfalls, and the reduction of inequality of all kinds. To do this, we plan to strengthen public policies designed to reduce inequality, such as decent work policies, disability, childhood and youth care, and taxation policies. Coordination with the G20 finance pillar and of capacity-building in national tax agencies and international cooperation for taxation matters. Coordination with the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Ministry of Finance and Public Administration (MINHAP) and the FIIAPP in all these activities.
  • Final draft of the Spanish Cooperation Strategy on Children.

3. The Rule of Law and the promotion of Human Rights