How We Work

  • Accelerating access to justice for all
    A key step is to translate international normative frameworks into domestic legislation and practice. With national partners, UNDP facilitates national processes of designing and implementing comprehensive rule of law and justice reform programmes. This work often requires significant reform, especially after conflict or in transition to more pluralistic governance. UNDP helps partners to create overarching visions and strategies that ensure all the links in the justice chain are included, so that reform measures are not ad-hoc but catalytic and self-reinforcing. Every context is unique and requires its own tailor-made solutions.
  • The UNDP Legal Empowerment Initiative
    This initiative aims to expand poor peoples' access to legal and institutional mechanisms that can help to break the cycle of exclusion and poverty. It promotes a holistic development approach to support a wide range of national, regional and global efforts. Building on the key recommendations of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, this initiative focuses on livelihood and economic rights and emphasizes access to justice as a pre-condition for the realization of these rights. Cross-cutting the democratic governance practice, the approach places the legislative process in a central role, in addition to public services such as the civil registry and legal identity, land titling and business licenses.
  • Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) and the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP)
    In UNDP, the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) and the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) jointly work with Country Offices to deliver on rule of law, security and access to justice programming in all development situations. BCPR engages on rule of law, justice and security as a means to prevent conflict, to ensure protection during ongoing conflicts and to support post-conflict recovery and peace building. BDP supports programming for access to justice, public security and legal empowerment in challenging but more stable contexts to expand people's options and choices to advance human development.
  • Asia-Pacific Rights and Justice Initiative (AP-A2J)
    The Asia-Pacific Rights and Justice Initiative (AP-A2J) complements UNDP's activities on Access to Justice in Asia Pacific by providing practitioners with ameans to share knowledge and lessons learned from the region. The initiative explores and conceptualizes the links and synergies between access to justice andhuman rights, focusing particularly on the goals of equality and non-discrimination. It also emphasizes access to justice for disadvantaged groups.