Create the foundation for sustainable peace
Security continues to be a major barrier to development in Afghanistan. Some parts of the country remain under the control of anti-government elements. Access to justice remains limited in Afghanistan and people’s trust in the justice system is among the lowest out of all parts of the public sector. Over the last decade, UNDP has been supporting the police and the Ministry of Interior Affairs to transition to a service-oriented force that can protect people, fight crime and earn people’s trust. We are also building the capacity of government and legal professionals, who in turn strengthen legislation to align with international standards. Our partnerships reinforce links with informal justice, security and peace-building entities, as well as civil society and women’s groups. This comprehensive approach will allow for the application of an effective rule of law, one which includes equitable access to justice and growing public trust. Such conditions contribute to the foundation for sustainable peace and thriving communities.
Strengthen Rule of Law
UNDP currently oversees the trust fund that pays the salaries of the Afghan National Police, while continuing to build capacity within the Ministry of Interior Affairs, to gradually assume management and due diligence roles. We assist the Ministry in promoting human rights and gender equality; we implement projects to expand community policing, train and support female police, and institute new guidelines, improved oversight and more efficient operations; we work to build the capacity of Afghan justice sector institutions and to ensure access to justice for women, children, prisoners and detainees.