Bentiu, Bor, Juba, Malakal, Torit,
Wau, Rumbek and Kuajok
April 2006 -31 December 2012
UK (DFID): 2,304,313
CANADA (DFAIT): 640,173
Implemented by UNDP, in close
cooperation with government counterparts
and civil society stakeholders.
person in UNDP:
Onyango, Project Manager a.i,
Decades of instability
in Southern Sudan devastated the delivery
capacity of local law enforcement
and justice institutions leaving individuals
and communities with extremely limited
legal resources. Basic instruments
of coordination, accountability and
transparency were also shattered.
Over the last five years, UNDP has
responded to this reality by working
with the Government of Southern Sudan
(GoSS) and civil society organizations
to strengthen eroded or absent institutions
and provide necessary resources to
redress disputes peacefully.
UNDP seeks to create human rights
awareness at the community level,
advocate for the promotion of equal
rights and provide support and capacity
building for the Southern Sudan Human
Snapshots of the project's major achievements
of community-based organisations in
human rights and access to justice
• The Access to Justice Project
in collaboration with the Office for
the High Commission for Human Rights
in Geneva supported 16 community-based
organizations to undertake human rights
training in Southern Sudan under the
Assisting Community Together small
grants modality. A training manual
on human rights developed by the Access
to Justice team was used for this
• Other training on human rights,
access to justice and rule of law
was provided to state rule of law
institutions, civil society organisations
and traditional authorities by the
project teams in Southern Sudan.
2. Capacity development for law reform
initiatives for civil society organisations
• Institutional support to organisations
including the Bar Association and
the Women Lawyers Association to develop
organizational constitutions to establish
and operationalize the organizations.
Institutional capacity development
support was provided by sponsoring
members of the management committee
to participate in a training workshop
organized in Khartoum.
• Support was provided to stakeholders
who are spearheading efforts for the
return of the law college at the University
of Juba from Khartoum to Juba through
the development of a project proposal
and mobilization of donor support
for financial assistance.
• Small grants were awarded
to four organisations to establish
Justice and Confidence Centers in
Rumbek, Juba, Aweil and Yambio.
3. Support to rule of law forum and
• Monthly rule of law forums
were undertaken in all ten states
of Southern Sudan.
• Quarterly GoSS level rule
of law forums were also undertaken
in Juba. The forum meetings brought
together key stakeholders within the
rule of law sector to deliberate on
issues related to rule of law, infusing
experiences from the states as a means
to share experiences within the sector.
• Regular radio programmes aired
in a number of states on economic,
social and cultural rights, the bill
of rights in the Interim Constitution
of Southern Sudan, women’s rights
and children’s rights.
4. Support to the Southern Sudan Human
Rights Commission (SSHRC)
• Material support aimed at
enhancing the decentralization of
the activities of the South Sudan
Human Rights Commission. A UNDP liaison
office was established at the commission
to provide technical support to the
• The Access to Justice project
also procured computers and office
furnitures for field offices as part
of the support to decentralization
of the commission’s activities
in the ten states. The items procured
are being used by the human rights
monitors/officers who have been deployed
to the states.
• UNDP supported the development
and implementation of a human rights
monitoring data base to enhance monitoring
and reporting of human rights violations
in Southern Sudan.
• Material support was provided
to the commission to facilitate celebration
of the International Human Rights
Day in various locations annually.
5. Support to the development of Traditional
Authorities and Customary Courts System
• Support to the dissemination
of the Local Government Act at the
state level in collaboration with
the state ministry of local government.
• Engagement with state governments
and traditional authorities on issues
including: customary law practice;
formalizing the authority of chiefs
in promoting and adjudicating community
disputes; and the promotion of human
rights in judicial and administrative
• Development of a training
manual which was provided to traditional
authorities at the state level.
• Material support to traditional
authorities in Eastern Equatoria State
through purchase of office furniture.