Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law

Programme Description

The project seeks to consolidate existing UNDP interventions that are delivered discretely to the individual rule of law institutions, and community level interventions into a coherent and holistic project designed to increase the availability, affordability, adaptability and acceptability of justice services in South Sudan. This approach seeks a positive balance between supply and demand side interventions to ensure that reforms are responsive to the evolving needs of communities served. This iterative process requires evidence- based programming and thus adequate investment in crime statistics, court case management, recidivism rates and prison overcrowding to facilitate policy decision makers to deploy resources efficiently and effectively.  In complement, end user surveys to assess the perception of personal safety and security, and the appropriateness of services provided will serve to promote citizen engagement in the state building process. The expected outputs of the project are:

Output 1: Increased access to justice to citizens of South Sudan with a special focus on vulnerable groups and women

Output 2: Reduced case backlog and prolonged and arbitrary detention at state level

Output 3: Traditional and formal justice sector harmonized

Output 4:  Capacity of Police, Prisons, Ministry of Justice, Judiciary and legal aid services strengthened



Achievements (2013)

1.        Personnel Registration Database Units (PRDUs) established for police and prisons services and functional at national and state level with trained police and prisons personnel. 47,407 police personnel registered manually and entered into database and 18,411 prisons personnel registered manually and entered into the database

2.       Logistics Management Units (LMUs) established for police and prisons services at national and state levels and started manual record keeping of assets

3.        Forensic Investigation Units (FIUs) established for police service at national and state level, with trained police personnel and provided with 42 Forensic Investigation Kits and 21 Stock Kits. Thirty-nine CID Police provided with the Specialized Training on Finger Print Science

4.       Crime Statistics template was developed and started collection and compilation of crime data in a standardized format from the police station, county, state and national levels on a monthly basis and its quarterly analysis published since December 2011.

5.        Community Based Support to Police Service Police Community Relationship Committees were established at county and payam levels and are functional and increasing interaction between police and community to resolve local level security concerns 

6.       Strengthened capacity of police and prisons services through;

·         rehabilitation of five prison facilities, increasing inmate capacity by 4,000 people;

·         rehabilitation and construction of 18 police facilities,  increasing physical access of 900,000 people;

·         Setting up a sixth Special Protection Unit. The SPUs received 2403 cases and 89% (2140) cases were effectively investigated, and 27% (657) of the investigated cases were passed on to courts for redress. About 423 women and 178 juveniles (135 male, 43 female) were released from places of detention through the involvement of the functioning SPU.

·         Completed construction and relocation of University of Juba, College of Law.


Donor name Contributing amount
UNDP 400,263 USD
Netherlands 695,324 USD
UK (DFID) 2,304,313 USD
Canada (DFAIT) 640,173 USD
Denmark 125,975 USD
EUCOMM 255,231 USD
CO-Finance 375,263 USD

Delivery by year

Year Total amount delivered
2011 2,234,228 USD
2010 1,566,364 USD
2009 3,099,153 USD
2008 3,597,000 USD
2007 2,691,000 USD
Project Overview
Project Name
Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law
Project start date
1 January 2013
Project end date
31 March 2017
Geographic coverage
UNDAF Outcome
Outcome 5: Access to Justice and the Rule of Law improves
Focal Point
Lealem Berhanu Dinku
Team Leader
Democratic Governance and Stabilisation Unit
Judiciary of South Sudan
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Interior (Police and Prisons)
South Sudan Human Rights Commission
South Sudan Law Reform Commission
UNMISS Rule of Law
UNMISS Police, Corrections and Human Rights
USD 8,089,759.65
Related Documents
Project Summary