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UNDP started a process to provide long term support to the SSR process in Guinea through support to: a) coordination of the planning process across the five pillars of reform; b) the national action plan; c) the Government’s development of long-term SSR policies; d) operationalisation of SSR policies, with particular focus on budgetary aspects; e) creation of an effective inter- and intra- sectoral coordination mechanism; f) development of a mechanism to define and monitor relevant action tasks; and g) preparation of relevant texts.
(1) The CAR government agreed to hold a national consultation on SSR. UNDP was providing support to the national committee tasked with planning the consultation and asked the ISSAT to support their efforts. The ToRs for ISSAT support included to :
- Provide assistance with preparing the methodology for the national consultation.
- Provide input into key documents that will be used as part of the consultation.
- Provide assistance with development of the 'road map' from the consultation to the translation of the outcomes into concrete activities, such as an in-depth assessment and eventually in to clear reforms strategies.
(2) In support of this process and as part of their series of in-country consultation on the SSR handbook, the OECD held a consultation in Bangui for both the international community and the committee planning the National Consultation. The OECD DAC asked that the ISSAT join and lead the facilitation team for this exercise.
UNDP and EUPOL COPPS are undertaking an 18-month support project for the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) to enhance their accountability. As part of this project they are running a workshop to advise the PCP on issues relating to oversight, concepts, definitions, and models of police accountability.
The workshop objectives are:
- To officially launch the UNDP/EUPOL/PCP joint programme in a plenary event on the first day of the workshop;
- To analyze concepts, definitions and principles of police accountability with the aim of arriving at a PCP definition of police accountability;
- To share best practices and lessons learned in police accountability systems through a series of workshops led by the PCP;
- To present and analyze different models of police accountability and their suitability and applicability to Palestine and the PCP.
This mandate focuses on providing advice, coaching and training to the UNDP staff embedded within the research department of the Somalia Observatory. The objective is to support the development of conflict monitoring indicators, and effective data collection and analysis in the area of security and justice.
The Community Safety (DDR/AVR) project in Somalia seeks to complement the institutional focus on the justice and security sector by fostering a partnership between the community and authorities for the provision of security. This partnership lies at the heart of security sector governance.
The Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP) has been established with UNDP support in 2010 and part of the Somali Research and Education Network (REN) in order to provide a comprehensive approach and support to conflict and violence reduction within all Somali regions and surrounding countries through a neutral and apolitical lens.
Partnering with the Small Arms Survey, ISSAT will provide training in research methods and follow up advice and coaching to the UNDP Somalia staff working with the Observatory.
It is recognized that the ongoing efforts to enhance access to justice and public security in Liberia through capacity building initiatives will not have maximum impact without corresponding efforts to develop institutional capacity. Accordingly, strategic planning processes have been undertaken in Liberia over the last four years, across the justice and security sectors, with a view to identifying key areas for institutional development and how best these weaknesses can be addressed. Whilst progress has been made in the implementation of these strategic plans, accountability and management mechanisms remain underdeveloped and there is consensus that these areas need to be addressed as a matter of urgency so as to improve public trust in the justice and security sectors. Accordingly, this area was developed into a priority project under the Liberia Peacebuilding Programme and Justice and Security Joint Programme and was successful in obtaining PBF funding support. The project provides for reviews of the management and accountability mechanisms of justice and security sector institutions, with an initial focus on the police, prosecution and judiciary. This review is particularly pertinent at this time in Liberia, given development of regional Justice and Security Hubs (also supported by the PBF); effective management and accountability of personnel will be essential for the Hubs to achieve their objective of bringing real justice and security services to the communities they serve.
UNDP Somalia’s support to the Police in Northern Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland) includes supporting the police to strengthen the delivery of policing services to women. Potential initiatives include developing Women and Child Desks in Police stations, increasing the number and quality of serving police women and tackling sexual and gender based violence. This mandate supports the development of a gender strategy for policing, and to develop police capacity to investigate and prosecute gender based crimes. Importantly, it should also develop the capacity of the police to prevent these crimes.
In the second half of 2015, ISSAT supported UNDP to complete an evaluation of the UN-Sponsored International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). This is the first evaluation of CICIG in eight years of operations, and comes at a time where the role of CICIG has become very influential in Guatemala. The evaluation team was led by a female ISSAT Roster member and supported by two other evaluators. A two-week mission to Guatemala was completed in August. In the process, 117 persons from the government, international community and local civil society were interviewed. In total, 40% of the persons interviewed were women; this included representatives from Indigenous (Mayan) NGOs and government agencies dealing with violence against women. Feedback from the mandators (UNDP and a group of 15 government donors) regarding the deliveries have been very positive to date.
UNDP has embarked on a project to promote enhanced Security Sector Governance (SSG) in select Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to improve human security in the region and provide a fundamental basis for economic, social and political development. This is being done by raising awareness on improved security sector governance concepts though constructive engagement with Governments, Parliaments, civil society and the media as well as providing financial and technical assistance and training to help countries achieve transformation of their security sector towards more effective, accountable and inclusive institutions able to provide security to all its peoples through professionalism with improved capacities. The political landscape in many of the PICs is changing bringing new opportunities and increased enthusiasm to embrace more holistic and inclusive security policies and security sector reform that are sector wide in nature and founded on human rights principles. This is clearly evidenced in the Pacific leaders August 2014 approval of Guiding Principles to Enhance Security Sector Governance. The PSSG project has a strong emphasis on accountability, transparency and the inclusion in decision making for women, with gender equality being a significant objective, and youth as well as a focus on the most vulnerable in the region.
Within this PSSG, UNDP Pacific Office has been providing low-key assistance to the Fijian government in its development of its National Security Strategy (NSS). Building on 2015 government broad based consultations on the Fiji National Security Strategy 2016 and Beyond (NSS 2016) that were undertaken by the government with civil society and communities (representing women, youth and excluded groups); UNDP co-organized an expert consultation on the NSS 2016 with senior participation from the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration and Fiji Police Force, other Fiji government departments (such as Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture), and the University of the South Pacific (USP).
The consultation was undertaken in Suva with 32 participants (10 women and 22 men). UN experts from UNDP, UNHCR and UNODC joined the consultations based on the request for expertise on rule of law, access to justice, human rights, asylum, refugees and migration, transnational crime and climate change. USP added expertise on regional and local political context, migration and women and regional security; and civil society representation at the consultation provided inputs on gender issues. These expert consultations highlighted:
- critical issues for immigration policies based on international frameworks and positive contributions of migrants (Nansen Initiative);
- the need to further enhance the provisions for the rule of law, separation of powers, freedom of expression, civil society input and oversight into the national security framework and its implementation;
- issues of transnational crime impacting locally and the importance of rural-urban drift/internal migration (more research to be done);
- the suggestion to consider the contribution the NSS 2016 can make to Fiji’s potential progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16; and
- to clarify the linkages and interaction of the NSS 2016 to other Fiji Government strategies and plans including issues related to gender.
Following the workshop the draft NSS 2016 was further reviewed and is now under further consideration by the Fiji Government. ISSAT has provided some distance support to UNDP Pacific Office in this regard, with the development of a ‘food for thought’ paper on good practice elements and examples of NSS/NSPs that incorporate a more holistic understanding of security.
The UNDP office had also embarked on a process to support the development of a number of White Papers, which were put on hold once the NSS development process started in order to ensure that they were aligned with the higher-level policy. Given the recent changes in ministerial leadership, it is uncertain whether the NSS will be adopted without further change. The Ministry of National Security and Defence is therefore moving forward with its own corporate planning, and the police have relaunched their process to develop a Police White Paper. This comes at a time where the Police Act is expected to be reviewed in 2017.
In May 2016 UNDP, in partnership with PIFS, New Zealand Massey University and Australian National University held a regional workshop on the governance of private security companies across the Pacific. The workshop involved 22 (6 women and 16 men) participants from Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand; and included the participation of project partner OHCHR and with technical inputs from the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces. The workshop made a set of key recommendations which included:
- the need to map the private security sector in the Pacific through the collection of data on critical issues, including revenue, labour demographics, regulation and legislative frameworks;
- on the basis of evidence the need to identify and document common issues, challenges and themes within private security industries and the national/regional contexts in Forum Island Countries; and
- the need for further regional activities to progress identified priority areas that include gender and the private security sector, regulatory governance of the private security sector, and the extractives industry and the private security sector.
These recommendations were endorsed by the PIFS Forum Regional Security Committee on 8 June 2016 who also noted the growing need for capacity building for the development of legal and regulatory frameworks in the private security sector.
ISSAT has been requested to extend its support to cover the following:
- Support to UNDP to facilitate a 2-day workshop for Government officials and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) staff working on SSG. The workshop will focus primarily on regional Private Security, including discussions on oversight/regulatory governance as well as gender implications, but will also include an assessment and analysis of the latest security trends and issues;
- Support to UNDP regarding their advice to the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration, police and corrections officials working on the NSS and respective White Papers. Particular focus areas for ISSAT include public consultations for strategy development, the role of civil society in supporting implementation, good practice regarding taking a human-rights based approach, and promoting gender equality; a separate, albeit linked, focus area relates to Fiji's role as a significant UN Peacekeeping / Peace Operations troop and police contributing country.
- Capacity building support to UNDP to think through their future SSR / SSG support in the region.
ISSAT was requested to support UNDP, who were co-chairing the OECD INCAF Secretariat’s project to develop operational advice on how challenges in respect of ownership, programme management, monitoring, and results definition could be better addressed in security and justice engagements by using a “process approach”. Such advice needs to show senior international decision makers how “domestic” imperatives (political and organizational) can be combined with the requirements for effective engagement in long and uncertain transformational security and justice change processes.
As part of this project ISSAT was requested to review UNDP’s Justice programme and UNMIT’s SSR Programme in Timor-Leste to look at concrete options to improve security and justice programming.
Final Evaluation of UNDP 'Rule of Law and Justice' Project in Guinea-Bissau – in the context of the wider partnership between ISSAT – UNDP Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development.
ISSAT will support the UNDP Global Programme in its broader objectives of:
1) providing better integrated programme-focused policy advice to respond to increasingly complex and interconnected justice, security and development challenges; and,
2) playing the critical function of furthering knowledge sharing and knowledge management.
ISSAT will support the Global Programme, and specifically its component on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development to achieve its planned results by conducting a series of evaluations. These will build an evidence base for the range of interventions conducted under the Global Programme, allow progress within each country programme to be tracked, and help identify good practices from specific implementations, which can then be disseminated and potentially enrich programmes in different countries/ regions. Against this background, the overall objectives for ISSAT are:
- Undertake country and project specific relevant evaluations, and provide those programmes with operationally relevant recommendations to guide future implementation;
- Analyse the approaches and contribution of country programmes, undertaken in different development, political and security contexts, towards aggregated impact at the global programme level; and,
- Assess the extent to which structures, programmes, and approaches, have contributed to progress against the overall GP RoL Theory of Change, and identify evidence of innovation and success in programming implementation.
In this broader framework, a final evaluation of the “Rule of Law and Justice” (ROL&J) project of the UNDP country office in Guinea-Bissau will be undertaken by ISSAT. This evaluation provides an opportunity to launch a pilot experience in terms of developing and testing an adequate methodology, considering simultaneously the specific needs of the country project and those of the Global Programme. The evaluation will strive to draw accumulated knowledge, good practice and lessons learned from the ROL&J project in Guinea-Bissau, to input into its next programming phase. This learning from direct experience will also support the Global Programme in bridging country experiences and global knowledge, practice and policy, and will help to identify those successful elements that may be fully replicable or partially transferable, so that they can be tested and scaled-up in other contexts.
Majority of the consultancy will be Baghdad-base with some home-based work where necessary. The consultant will be required to engage closely with the all relevant government counter parts and a range of international partners on a regular basis. The consultancy will be for a period of 6 months initially and with the possibility of extension subject to successful completion of his/her roles and responsibilities. The assignment will be conducted under the auspices of UNDP's on-going 'Support to Security Sector Reform - Phase 11' programme of work.
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UN Women seeks to hire the National Consultant to provide technical assistance to the Ministries of Defense and of Interior in integration of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the security and law enforcement sector reforms. Under direct supervision and guidance of the UN Women Gender Advisor, and in collaboration with a national consultant on gender expertise of legislation, the National Consultant will implement the following tasks:
I. Technical support to the staff of the Ministries of Defense and the Ministry of Interior and the other state sector actors in integration of Women, Peace and Security agenda in the reforms;
II. Capacity building of the staff of the Ministries of Defense and Interior, as well as the other security sector institutions on UNSCRs on Women, Peace and Security, including organization of on-job and targeted trainings;
III. Knowledge sharing about best international practices in gender mainstreaming in security and defense sectors.
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Sous la responsabilité générale du chef de l'Unité Gouvernance du PNUD et sous la supervision directe du project manager, du coordonnateur du projet de son lieu d'affectation, l'Assistant(e) Administratif(ve) et Financier(ère) travaillera en étroite collaboration avec les experts et consultants du projet et ceux des autres Unités du PNUD, les agences du système des Nations Unies et les entreprises impliquées dans le projet, les services gouvernementaux au niveau central et décentralisé ainsi qu'avec les différents acteurs de la société civil au niveau local.
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Sous l'autorité directe du Conseiller Technique Principal (CTP), le consultant a pour objectif général de déterminer les situations de référence concernant les problématiques du genre tant au niveau du personnel pénitentiaire que dans les conditions de détention et sur l'état des infrastructures pénitentiaires actuelles et les équipements idoines.
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Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of the Family, Women and Childhood Department, League of Arab States and the Advisor, Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action in the Arab States regional office - the consultant will support engagement with the league of arab states on women, peace and security. The assignment will be Cairo based - in the UN Women Regional Office, with possible travel in the region. UN Women Regional Office for Arab States in Cairo requires support in rolling out its support to the League of Arab States on issues related to women, peace and security.
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The objective of this consultancy is to provide the UN and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) government partners with a roadmap to comprehensively address the needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in BIH. The incumbent will develop a report delineating an optimal referral model for comprehensive support services to conflict-related sexual violence survivors in BiH. The referral model should be tailored to the BIH context, and in particular to the administrative and institutional setting of the country and be comprised but not limited to the three sectors of health, justice & security and economic empowerment.
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UNDP Bangladesh is working with development partners and state entities in the justice sector to develop a more strategic and coordinated approach to justice reform. The Justice Sector Facility (JSF) is a nationally implemented project to support policy dialogue, strategic planning, research, monitoring and evaluation, and pilot activities to improve the administration of justice across the sector supported by UNDP and DFID from July 2012. The project is expected to end in December 2016. However a new project is currently being designed with lessons learnt from JSF. Critical for improved administration of and access to justice are the establishment and operation of a national justice coordination mechanism including at the district level. Against this backdrop, DFID and UNDP have discussed how best to keep the momentum of the policy dialogue and continue some key strategic tasks with limited human resource support which could help UNDP and DFID to develop a new justice and security programme.
Some of the key functions of the Project manager are:
- Technical advice on a better coordinated approach to access to justice;
- Lead and advice on development of a comprehensive and coordinated justice and security programming in Bangladesh;
- Project management;
- Strategic partnership and resource mobilization;
- Facilitate knowledge building and management.
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Under the direct supervision of the Resident Representative and overall guidance of the UNDP Deputy Representative - Programme and in consultation with UNIOGBIS, in the framework of the established national coordination mechanisms and relevant UNPAF Outcome group and international partners’ coordination arrangements, the chief technical adviser (CTA), who will be based at the Ministry of Justice of Guinea Bissau, will provide expert and strategic advice to the Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders on all aspects related with the reform implementation; design projects to enable the implementation of the reform; institutionalize and maintain donor intelligence, strategic partnership and resource mobilization; and undertake advocacy. The CTA will also facilitate the coordination and implementation of the Joint Program on the Rule of Law. The CTA will work very closely with the Ministry of Justice and other Justice Sector pillar institutions’ personnel engaged in reform implementation, through the Ministry of Justice Reforms Coordination Unit.
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Le/la spécialiste justice (CPS) fera partie de l’équipe Etat de droit, justice et sécurité du PNUD. Cette équipe comprend également un spécialiste sécurité, une spécialiste justice, ainsi que des experts nationaux justice et sécurité et est supervisée par un Conseiller technique principal (CTP). Le/la spécialiste justice travaillera étroitement avec l’Unité d’appui à la Cour pénale spéciale de la MINUSCA.
Placé/e sous la responsabilité directe du conseiller technique principal du projet conjoint (P5), l’expert/e justice (CPS) assure sous la supervision du conseiller technique principal (CTP), la conduite opérationnelle du projet conjoint d’appui à la Cour pénale spéciale (« projet » ci-dessous), afin de garantir l'efficacité de son exécution.
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UN Women Colombia is currently seeking an expert on Gender and Truth Commissions. The expert will "Generate technical inputs and recommendations for gender mainstreaming in future Truth Commission in Colombia. Spanish is required as working language.
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Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Rule of Law and Human Security Unit and in close coordination with the Programme Officer for AA2J, the Project Manager is responsible for ensuring the direction of project activities and the achievement of project targets and results. S/he plans project activities and inputs, manages the day-to-day implementation of the project and supervises project experts and personnel.
The Project Manager supervises a team of international and local project professional and support staff. S/he works in close collaboration with the UNDP CO Programme, Strategy, Results and Communications, Operations and Security Teams and maintains effective working relationships with project responsible parties (RPs), donors and other partners such as UN agencies.
The Afghanistan Access to Justice (AA2J) has been designed as a successor project to the Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) project, which had operated since 2009. AA2J builds on the achievements and lessons learned from JHRA, and was designed in close consultation with all relevant stakeholders from the Afghan Justice and Rule of Law sector.
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UNDP’s “Rule of Law and Community Justice for Conflict-Affected Areas in Ukraine” Project commenced at the beginning of 2016. The project addresses both the causes and consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, support stabilisation of the situation, and promote constructive and systemic change, both in the conflict-affected areas and the country as a whole. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to address the fundamental dynamic between individual, community, and state institutions.
Accordingly, the project aims to achieve two key outputs:
Output 1: Strengthened personal and community security in conflict-affected areas;
Output 2: Increased community justice through capable institutions for rights-based service delivery and effective access to justice.
The project will be implemented at the regional and community level, as well as closely aligned and linked to national and regional structures and reform processes in up to five target regions – i.e., the two conflict-affected regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as up to three other regions (to be determined).
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Rule of Law (ROL) Specialist, will be responsible for project implementation, and monitoring in his/her respective target region/duty station, as well as facilitate coordination of broader rule of law, access to justice and human rights activities in the target region.
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The purpose of this position is to ensure the day to day implementation of the SEESAC portfolio under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist Citizen Security and SGBV and the overall supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster/Team Leader of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.
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Un consultant national chargé de l'élaboration de la situation de référence du projet d'accélération de la gouvernance et développement local
Le projet d’accélération d’une gouvernance locale pour un développement local participatif, inclusif et durable pour les zones stabilisées de l’Est de la RDC, est une intervention de grande envergure d’une durée de 5 ans lancé par le PNUD et l’UNCDF en partenariat avec la MONUSCO. Elle vise à asseoir une transition vers le développement et une paix durable dans l’est de la RDC. Avant l’adoption de ce programme, le PNUD et l’UNCDF ont approuvé un plan d’initiation d’une durée de 8 mois qui vise à préparer le grand programme.
Dans cette perspective, le PNUD, en collaboration avec UNCDF et La MONUSCO affaires civiles, est à la recherche d’un candidat compétent et expérimenté qui aura pour mission de conduire l’étude d’élaboration de la situation de référence du projet.
Le consultant travaillera sous l’autorité générale des conseillers PNUD et UNCDF et sous la supervision technique du Chargé de la coordination du PIP et du Suivi et Evaluation au sein du pilier CIDD et gouvernance du PNUD Bureau de terrain Goma.
Le consultant veillera aussi à prendre en compte les études sectorielles existantes. Il devra tenir des réunions conjointes et en bilatérale avec le PNUD, et les autres intervenants ainsi que la MONUSCO pour lister les indicateurs clés à collecter sur le terrain; il effectuera aussi des consultations régulières avec les services étatiques ainsi que toutes les organisations partenaires impliqués dans le projet.
Une attention particulière devra être accordée à l’aspect genre et équité et l’ensemble des données collectées ainsi que les analyses réalisées devront être désagrégées en genre et en âge afin de bien comprendre comment les femmes, les hommes et les jeunes pourront être différemment (ou non) affectés par les interventions du projet.
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How to Guide - Monitoring and Evaluation for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programmes
The How to Guide provides guidance on how to plan and manage better the M&E of DDR programmes. The guide identifies simple, practical steps for DDR programme planners to integrate M&E into DDR programme design. In addition, it offers advice for DDR programme managers and M&E staff on how to set up and run a DDR M&E system.
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Policy and Research Papers
These lessons learned, drawn directly from the author’s field experience, are not provided asinstructions or directives but as a practitioner’s suggestions and reflections. It is hoped that this report cancontribute to the development of good practices and more specifically to the establishment of moreproactive and holistic mechanisms in the preparation of security sector reform projects such as theKosovo ISSR. This report might also prove useful to governments, UN agencies and othernongovernmental organisations in designing security sector reform strategies or programmes. Given theimportance of security sector reform projects, especially in post-conflict environments, the preparatorywork undertaken before these projects should receive more attention and care, and this report intends onproviding actionable suggestions to assist the decision-makers and practitioners alike.
The core of the report lists and describes the tasks, objectives and outputs undertaken as part of theISSR preparatory phase. Each of these items is then analysed and lessons learned are drawn from them,based on Mr. Jérôme Mellon‘s specific experience with the Kosovo ISSR process, but with the objective ofbeing relevant and useful for future similar projects. This report also benefited from the input andassistance of BCPR staff members.
This practice note is intended to suggest strategies for UNDP support to access to justice, particularly for the poor and disadvantaged, including women, children, minorities, persons living with HIV/AIDS and disabilities. Part II of the note emphasizes the need to focus on capacities to seek and provide remedies for injustice and outlines the normative principles that provide the framework within which these capacities can be developed. Part III of the note sets out principles for action, approaches and techniques that can be used by UNDP practitioners involved in access to justice programming. It also suggests steps in policy dialogue, partnership building, design, implementation and execution that are intended to increase the likelihood of success of access to justice programmes. Part III also highlights issues related to monitoring and evaluation that are particularly important, including the use of disaggregated data to indicate whether there have been results for different poor and disadvantaged groups. Part IV suggests ways to capitalize on UNDP’s advantage as an impartial and trusted partner of developing countries, and suggests possible entry points for programming. Finally, Part V lists knowledge resources for practitioners engaged in access to justice programming.
With this Note, UNDP confirms its original policy position and elaborates, on the basis of experience, how this policy is to be implemented in the three strategic areas of intervention covering UNDPs work on human rights and human rights mainstreaming.
(1) Supporting the strengthening of national human rights systems;
(2) Promoting the application of a human rights-based approach to development programming; and
(3) Greater engagement with the international human rights machinery
The Practice Note links the implementation of the policy to the framework definition of a human rights-based approach to programming as captured in the “UN Common Understanding on a Human Rights-based Approach”, and explores opportunities and possibilities that arise during the programming cycle. The Practice Note moreover stresses that human rights are the business of every staff member, and that partnerships with other actors, notably the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, must be a defining characteristic of UNDP support with respect to human rights.
When the law works for everyone, it defines and enforces the rights and obligations of all. This allows people to interact with one another in an atmosphere that is certain and predictable. Thus, the rule of law is not a mere adornment to development; it is a vital source of progress. It creates an environment in which the full spectrum of human creativity can flourish, and prosperity can be built. The Commission understands legal empowerment to be a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded become able to use the law, the legal system, and legal services to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens and economic actors.
This is the second of two volumes of the report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and consists mainly of the outcomes of fi ve working groups established to inform the Commission’s deliberations through substantive work in the thematic areas of Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Property Rights, Labour Rights,
Business Rights and with respect to overall implementation strategies. The working groups consisted of a core of between fi ve and seven experts and stakeholders in their
individual capacities from around the world, with leading edge expertise and experience in the theme to be studied.
Providing accessible justice is a state obligation under international human rights standards, but this obligation does not require that all justice be provided through formal justice systems. If done in ways to respect and uphold human rights, the provision of justice through informal justice systems is not against human rights standards and can be a mechanism to enhance the fulfilment of human rights obligations by delivering accessible justice to individuals and communities where the formal justice system does not have the capacity or geographical reach.
This study seeks to identify how engagement with informal justice systems can build greater respect and protection for human rights. It highlights the considerations that development partners should have when assessing whether to implement programmes involving informal justice systems, the primary consideration being that engagement with the informal justice systems neither directly nor inadvertently reinforces existing societal or structural discrimination – a consideration that applies to working with formal justice systems as well. The study also examines the value of informal justice systems in offering, in certain contexts, flexible structures and processes, cost-effectiveness and outreach to grassroots communities.
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The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020.
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Programming for Justice: Access for All. A Practitioner's Guide to a Human Rights-Based Approach to Access to Justice
This comprehensive programming guide aims to help practitioners design human rights-based access to justice projects. It introduces a holistic model of access to justice, provides guidance on how to programme and prioritise access to justice strategies, and maps a large number of capacity development strategies of justice system institutions and processes. Strategies are divided into those: 1. developing capacity for inclusive legal frameworks; 2. developing capacity of institutions to provide services; and 3. developing capacity of people to seek and obtain remedies for grievances. The needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups are given special emphasis.
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The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.
This report gives a synopsis of the results achieved in 2014 at the country-level through UNDP implemented programmes, including through the Global Focal Point, in assisting 38 crisis-affected countries to deal with the legacy of violence, increase safety and security for all, build confidence through accessible and effective justice and security institutions, and improve the delivery of justice and security for women. Serving the UN System through rule of law, key policy developments and response to crises are also highlighted.
"This evaluation was initiated by the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of UNDP in New York. It examines the work undertaken by the UNDP Support to Security Sector Reform Programme in Albania, which commenced in January 2004. The programme is still running and so this evaluation necessarily had to evaluate an on-going process. Funding difficulties experienced by the programme prompted the evaluation to concentrate on two areas: how to consolidate the gains already made by established projects and how to develop the programme further in order to improve its contribution to communitybased policing in the Republic of Albania.
Subsequent sections of the report examine the objectives and activities of the programme and
provide a detailed analysis of its outcomes. The report presents a series of recommendations that emerge from the findings of the evaluation."
Corruption is hampering the delivery of justice globally. People perceive the judiciary as the second most corrupt public service, after the police. UNDP presents in this report, prepared in cooperation with U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, a series of successful experiences from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo*, Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, and Somalia, in promoting transparency and accountability within the judiciary.
Opening up judicial systems fosters integrity and increases public trust without impeding independence of the judiciary. The report advocates for judiciaries to open up to peer learning by engaging representatives of other countries in capacity assessments to improve judicial integrity. It also encourages judiciaries to consult end-users, associations of judges and use new technologies to foster transparency and accountability.
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FORTES Informa - UNDP Newsletter of the Rule of Law and Security Programme - Year I, Number I, Dec. 2010 – Jan. 2011
This is the first edition of FORTES Informa, the bimestrial newsletter of the Rule of Law and Security Programme/RoLS (FORTES, from the acronym in Portuguese), a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative in Guinea-Bissau.
As the security environment in Iraq remains complex and challenging, Security Sector Reform (SSR) is a prerequisite for both long-term stability and peace. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been engaged with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), through its Support to Security Sector Reform Phase I, to develop a National Security Strategy (NSS). The strategy centralizes the concept of human security and promotes inclusivity and equality, and its development has revealed the immediate and fundamental need for the Government to focus its efforts on developing a SSR plan.
The rule of law lies at the center of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.
UNDP's Annual Report, Eight Years On, marks the end of Phase II (2012 –2015) of the Global Programme and sets the stage for the implementation of Phase III (2016–2019). Part I of the report, Looking Back to Look Ahead, depicts the transformational change brought about by rule of law programming during the first two phases of the Global Programme – a period of eight years. Part II, Serving the UN System, highlights UNDP’s collaboration with other UN entities and details important policy developments that affect rule of law assistance from the perspective of high-level officials across the UN. Part III, 2015 Year in Review, provides a synopsis of the key results achieved by UNDP in 2015 in assisting countries to increase safety and security, deal with the legacy of violence, build confidence through accessible and effective justice and security institutions, and improve the delivery of justice and security for women.
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