Rule of Law and Democratic Governance

Years of unrest and civil war have left Sudan with large population displacement and widespread destruction. Institutions of governance have been seriously undermined and the domestic capacity for service delivery very limited in many parts of the country.

UNDP Sudan democratic governance and Rule Law programme, supports governance institutions and capacity building at all levels. This includes support to local governance, public administration reform, and decentralization, civil service development, strengthening the capacities of key stakeholders, such as political parties, media and civil society and marginalized groups, including minorities and women, as effective instruments of democratic practice.

The governance agenda aims at fostering an open, evidence-based and tolerant environment for citizens’ social dialogue on critical issues about the future of the country and increasing political rights’ awareness amongst the Sudanese public. Promotion of the principles of inclusion and better management of public finances and resources in addition to increased accountability of public institutions, elected officials, and civil servants are amongst UNDP’s key priorities for development in Sudan. UNDP continues to contribute to significant development changes in the area of access to justice to empower marginalized and vulnerable groups, with a special focus in the states of Darfur, Gedarif, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

UNDP is currently assisting the country in meeting post-conflict expectations with new legal and judicial structures by building the capacity of the national Judiciary and by also supporting the process of legislative reform, including efforts by the Ministry of Justice to develop legal aid legislation.

The following list provides detailed information on the governance and rule of law activities across the country:

Decentralization, Local Governance and Urban/Rural Development
Local Governance Development Public Expenditure and Management in Eastern Sudan
Support to the Abyei Civil Administration Project
Local Governance Capacity Building Project in South Kordofan
Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN)
Accountability and Citizens Participation (ACP) Project
Support the Implementation of SudanĀ“s Universal Periodic Review Recommendations

Justice and Human Rights
Strengthening Access to Justice and Human Security in Three Protocol Areas
Access to Justice and Confidence Building in Kassala State
Strengthening Rule of Law and Sustainable Protection in Darfur
Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary
Strengthening the Capacity of the Sudan National Human Rights Commission
Community Policing

Closed Projects
Poverty Alleviation – Oriented Governance Project in Red Sea State
Political Parties Development
Joint UN Integrated Community-Based Recovery And Development Project in South Kordofan
Preparatory Assistance- Parliamentary & Political Parties Development in Northern Sudan
Capacity Building of African Union Forces in Darfur
Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Darfur
The Support to the National Strategic Planning Process
Support to Public Sector, Decentralization and Capacity Building Project (PSCAP)
Good Governance and Equity in Political Participation in Post Conflict Sudan
Strengthening Human Security for Vulnerable Groups in Khartoum IDP Camps and Squatter areas
Support to Elections and Democratic Processes
The Southern Sudan Referendum Project
The Abyei Area Referendum Project


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