Strengthening Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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 programme aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectarian 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 programme 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 programme 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 programme 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.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

  • More than 100 judges were trained in judgment writing skills during 2012
  • 184 Legal Aid Clinics were conducted in the project’s target Union Councils
  • A total of 8,345 persons, including 45 percent females, attended these clinics.
  • On the spot legal advice was provided to 376 persons, including 45 percent females, attending these clinics. 
  • 188 cases, with 70 percent females, requiring further follow-up were referred to Legal Aid Desks.
  • A total of 1,200 lawyers were sensitized on law and jurisprudence through expert lectures.
  • The project trained 412 MJ members, out of which 108 were female
  • The project identified a total of 650 Paralegals, fifty percent women, and trained them in facilitating legal population in taking the best legal or informal courses for resolution of their problems.
  • Needs based training toolkits (manuals) developed for police and prosecutors;
  • Pool of master trainers formed including police and prosecutors;
  • Training needs assessment completed of Executive Magistrates of Malakand division;
  • Prosecution libraries of seven districts equipped;
  • Assessment of seven prosecutorial offices completed;
  • Prison management system installed at Timergara;
  • Support provided to police training college, Hangu;
  • Female trainees residential facilities upgraded;
  • Mini forensic science laboratory established for training on investigation;
  • Expert sessions (forensic, criminology, investigation, using information technology to detect crime, human rights, juvenile and women rights etc.);
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy operationalized and capacitated;
  • First ever research wing in justice sector established in Peshawar;
  • Planning cell of Peshawar High Court strengthened;
  • District judiciary process serving branch strengthened;
  • Dialogue initiated on gaps in Nizam-e-Adal regulation;
  • Refurbishment needs of courts in Malakand division identified;
  • Justice coordination forum established;
  • Policy level discussions with the Pakistan BAR Council to make legal aid sustainable;
  • Initiated discussions to create synergies between District Level Empowerment Committee and the Bar;
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  • Legal Aid Desk established at district level (Buner, Swat, Dir Lower );
  • Encouraged female legal practitioners to enter mainstream legal practice;
  • Need based training toolkit for lawyers developed and master trainers trained.

Who Finances it?

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands & Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Delivery in Previous Year

Delivery in 2012 is USD $1,275,000.

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