The UN Development Programme is in Solomon Islands to help reform their electoral system ahead of the 2014 general election.

The project will be co-funded by the Australian government's overseas assistance arm, AusAid, the European Union, and the UNDP.

UNDP Resident Pacific representative, Knut Ostby, told Radio Australia's program a credible democratic set-up is necessary in order for the Solomons to continue peaceful development.

Mr Ostby says a combination of strengthening electoral processes - such as fixing the electoral roll - and civic education, will help strengthen the system to continue successfully into the future.

"For an election to be credible and for the process to go well it's not enough that officials and systems are in place," he said.

"The people themselves need to be full participants.

"And they can only do that if they have full knowledge of what the process is about."

He says a major focus of the project will be to improve the capacity of the Solomon Islands Election Commission to manage elections.

The project will run from now until a year after the 2014 poll.