Strengthening Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

What is the Project About

The project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The rule of law project aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectoral processes. Assistance is being provided for institutional and capacity development to rule of law institutions to ensure effective and speedy provision of justice and security services. The project also works with the informal justice institutions so that dispute resolution can be used to settle disputes at community level, while helping to create forums for dialogue links between formal and informal mechanisms will be established.

Combined, the activities and outputs under the project are designed to enhance confidence and trust of the local communities in rule of law institutions. In doing so, UNDP is engaging with key stakeholders in KP including the judiciary, police department, local government department, prosecution, bar associations, jirgas, civil society organizations and partners with on-going justice initiatives. The project also ensures linkages and coordination with other UNDP programming and related engagements by the UN system as well as the international community more broadly.

The project is supporting sustainable peace through improved access to justice for women and men in the Malakand division through effective and accountable justice and security service delivery.

The Strengthening Rule of Law project works to ensure that services to improve public trust and confidence in justice and security institutions are both swift and effective. It works with informal justice institutions to settle disputes at the community level, and creates the forums for dialogue between formal and informal dispute resolution.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

  • A total of 17,140 people (48 per cent women) received free legal aid.
  • A total of 52 women law practitioners joined mainstream legal practice through internships and licenses.
  • Seventy women received law scholarships.
  • Certifications on conflict studies attained by 126 students (49 women) from the University of Peshawar.
  • Ten Dispute Resolution Councils with 185 members trained on dispute resolution techniques.
  • A total of 200 paralegals (46.5 percent women) trained and provided services to 1,092 people.
  • National conference on community based paralegals organized with a declaration developed by participating South Asian countries.
  • Media campaigns reaching 1,487,244 people with awareness of their legal rights and duties.
  • Two-day conference on women’s inheritance rights organized at KP Judicial Academy, leading to a recommendation of mass awareness activities and training for judicial officers and lawyers.
  • Access to judicial guidelines on alternative dispute resolution provided to 26 district courts, DC offices, tehsil, district nazim and naib nazim offices.
  • Specialized training for judiciary conducted and evaluated for 1,542 judges and court staff (14 percent women).
  • Ten district policing plans developed, implemented and monitored
  • A total of 2,581 police officers (441 women) trained on gender-responsive and policing, supervisory and communications skills, crime scene investigation and management and basic IT.
  • A total of 41 model police stations established with 12 more in process.
  • Data Analysis Centre established in Central Police Office, Peshawar, KP.
  • A total of 389 prosecutors and pleaders including 44 women trained in case management, joint investigation, trail techniques and forensics, with access provided to online library.

Who Finances it?

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, The European Union, US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Delivery in Previous Year

Delivery in 2016 is USD $8,021,000.


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