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


  • Provided continuous advisory support at state level through Rule of Law and Law Enforcement Advisors for Judiciary, Ministry y of Justice, South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) and National Prison Services of South Sudan (NPSSS).   
  • Deployed and  co-located Chief Technical Advisors for Ministry of Interior (Police & Prisons) and Ministry of Justice
  • Completed handover of the Customary Law Center in  Rumbek and field testing of Traditional Leaders Training Manual
  • Institutional Capacity Building Support to Police & Prisons Services
  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. 39 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.
  • 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 
  • Strengthened capacity of police and prisons services through;

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

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

c. 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.

d. As part of the National Joint Registration Committee, spearheaded the vetting and registration process for police and prison personnel. As of December 2013, vetting and registration of police had been completed, resulting in the removal of 16,447 ghost workers with potential savings of SSP166M (US$ 56 million) annually.  About 83% of prison personnel had been registered as of December 2013.

  • Completed construction and relocation of University of Juba, College of Law
  • With UNDP’s technical support to the MoJ, the Legal Aid Bill was signed into law in October 2013.
  • A UNDP-supported Access to Justice and Rule of Law perception survey (June 2013) showed citizens have variable confidence in institutions: Judiciary 46% of respondents, Police 58%, Prison Service 53%, and Customary Law Courts 70%.

 Key lessons learned and best practices from the 2013 programme

a. A close, collaborative relationship between the State government, local authorities and target communities, PUNOs, UNMISS, NGOs and implementing partners through different mechanisms, and particularly the decentralized state-based programme boards, is critical for identifying and mutually agreeing constructive solutions to overcoming challenges that may arise during project implementation;

b. Engagement with communities from the early stage of the project cycle and implementing awareness raising activities has a significant contribution in building sense of ownership of the projects;

Key challenges faced, and how they were overcome

c. Insecurity due to communal fighting, cattle raiding and armed attack on the contractors constrained access to the project sites and delayed the construction works. On the request of UNDP and PUNOs, the state governments and UNMISS provided armed escorts in the area;

d. Delays in the construction work is due to prolonged and heavy rain limiting accessibility of the project sites. Contractors were advised to mobilize construction equipments and materials during the dry season to ensure the construction work is continued during the rainy season;

e. Some local communities prevented contractors from accessing local materials such as sand from river beds. UNDP and PUNOs secured support from local authorities. Awareness creation activities were also carried out to ensure buy-in of the projects by the local community;

f. The conflict erupted in mid-December 2013 resulted in the destruction and looting of the radio station/main transmission site in Bor. UNDP is coordinating with UNMISS, government, Donors, PUNOs and  other partners to restart the radio broadcast and complete other projects under the Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei and Lakes stabilization programmes.


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