Rule of Law

 UNDP’s Ministry and Police Development (MPD) project supports initiatives to bring the police closer to the citizens. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan

Security continues to be a major barrier to development in Afghanistan. Some parts of the country remain under the control of antigovernment elements. The UN recorded more civilian casualties in 2016 than in any previous year on record.

Over the last decade, UNDP has been supporting the police and the Ministry of Interior Affairs to transition into a civilian service that can fight crime and earn people’s trust.

We currently oversee the trust fund that pays salaries of the Afghan National Police, but we continue to build the capacity within the Minister of Interior Affairs so that they can gradually take over this role. We also assist the ministry to promote human rights and gender equality. It includes programmes to expand community policing, train and support female police, and institute new guidelines, improved oversight and more efficient operations.

Access to justice remains limited in Afghanistan and people’s trust in the justice sector is among the lowest of all public sectors.

UNDP is building the capacity of government and legal professionals that can help improve legislation to be in line with international standards. We help to harmonize working methods and build a functioning referral mechanism among institutions. We are also developing the capacity of a new court to deal with cases of violence against women.

Our Legal Aid Grant Facility provides free legal aid to those who cannot a lawyer, including prisoners and detainees, children, women and the poor.

All of our efforts are supported by developing links with informal justice, security and peacebuilding structures, as well as civil society and women’s groups.

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