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Democratic governance
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Justice and security institutions

Rule of law institutions are frequently undermined by conflict and violence, criminality, sociopolitical and economic marginalization, or systematic human rights violations. These circumstances disrupt the accessibility of effective justice and security and tarnish the legitimacy of the institutions, responsible for delivering these services. Strengthening the rule of law through security and justice services that are inclusive and effectively governed, enable and empower women to access justice and counter impunity is critical for driving development.

UNDP plays a key role in assisting national authorities achieve quick wins through immediate restoration of service delivery, while delivering on comprehensive, sector-wide reforms that are inclusive and prioritize national ownership for long-term sustainability. UNDP helps to strengthen technical capacity of judges, prosecutors, lawyers, ministries, civil society, and the police and to orient national policies and approaches on localized needs. Following international norms and standards, UNDP seeks to enhance the effectiveness and legitimacy of security institutions to reduce levels of violence and build community resiliency.

To bolster just and responsive institutions, UNDP works closely with UN partners such as DPKO, UNODC, and UN Women.

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