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Fund dates

  • Start date: 01 January 2022
  • End date: 31 May 2026



Key Documents:

 JP Sri Lanka JURE - Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA)

JP Sri Lanka JURE - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

JP Sri Lanka JURE - Project Document 



Building on strategic partnerships and improved cooperation around justice and the rule of law, joint programme stakeholders work on building a more comprehensive, responsive, and independent justice system in Sri Lanka. Outcomes include child-friendly justice services, improved access to justice for women and vulnerable people, and improved accountability, transparency, and credibility of the justice and legal services.


Fund scope

A complex political environment, debt burden, inefficient bureaucracy, continued prevalence of inter-community tensions, lack of economic diversification, structural inequalities and risks posed by climate change and natural disasters, threaten to reverse Sri Lanka’s development trajectory and the well-being of its people. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic will have strong and deep socio-economic adverse impacts on the country, especially regarding social cohesion and stability.

Based on analyses and reviews from 2017, the justice system in Sri Lanka faces multiple challenges, the foremost being effectiveness and efficiency reflected by systemic delays in case disposal, to weaknesses in the quality of justice delivered to certain litigants. Legal delays are attributed to victim/witness reluctance to testify due to alleged reprisals and intimidation, while public sector institutions are inadequately resourced and underprepared to own or steer policies that require multi-stakeholder engagement. Increasing inequality, particularly with respect to the excluded and vulnerable, makes it difficult for large sections of the population to access quality justice services or support. What is more, civil society, community organizations, and the private sector are largely excluded from coordination mechanisms, making governance a public sector affair.

Alongside these issues is an ongoing culture of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) where there is little accountability for perpetrators. Worrisome, is that SGBV, including domestic violence and violence against children, is trending, having been exacerbated during the multiple lockdowns imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining a child-friendly justice system remains one of the key challenges in Sri Lanka.


Strategic framework

Stakeholders of the Justice Sector Reform joint programme contribute to a more independent judiciary and improved and responsive justice system in Sri Lanka by providing inclusive and flexible support to address gaps and deficiencies. Focusing on priorities requested by the Ministry of Justice on national legal and institutional reforms, the project will contribute to acceleration of SDGs 16, 10, and 5 and support justice sector reforms emanating from the result of recent studies, assessments, and reviews on improvement mechanisms for rights protection and legal services. 

Joint programme partners will use a rights-based approach to assist the government in reducing disparities in access to justice and promoting the protection of rights, especially for the most vulnerable: women, children, people in poverty, minorities, people living with disabilities, and internal migrants. The project is designed as an integrated intervention comprised of the three pillars of:

  • Rights awareness, equal access to legal advice, and representation and translation services.
  • Integrity and transparency of the justice sector with independent oversight and performance measurements
  • Enhanced efficiency, coordination and capacity of justice actors. 
Under each focus area, gaps and barriers to realizing legal empowerment, increasing access to justice and protecting rights across all sectors in the society are addressed. The cross-cutting themes rolled into programming include partnership and innovation, human rights-based approaches, gender equality and women’s empowerment, quality data collection and management, and public participation/engagement.


High-Level Advisory Committee

Members provide strategic policy guidance to the Project Steering Committee. Co-chaired by the Minister of Justice and Ambassador to the European Union, members meet annually to assess and discuss strategic and policy issues relating to justice sector reforms. The Advisory Committee offers policy direction to the Project Steering Committee in terms of prioritizing policy actions during the calendar year.

Project Steering Committee

The Steering Committee approves annual reports, fund transfers, work plans, budget, and oversees overall implementation progress. Committee members also ensure project activities are harmonized.

Administrative Agent

Recipient Organizations receive funds through the Administrative Agent, the MPTF Office. The Administrative Agent is responsible for the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of funds to Recipient Organizations, and consolidation and dissemination of progress reports to donors.  

Participating UN Organizations

Programme implementation is the responsibility of each Participating UN Organization. Each organization is programmatically and financially responsible for resources received.


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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
Total as of
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 2,461,000  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 0  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   2,461,000
Transferred to Participating Organizations 2,436,390  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 0  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 0  
Other 24,610  
Total use of funds   2,461,000
Balance with Administrative Agent   0
As a percentage of deposits   0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 2,436,390  
Total resources   2,436,390
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 2,053  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     2,053
Balance with Participating Organizations   2,434,337
As a percentage of transfers   99.9%
Total Balance of Funds   2,434,337
As a percentage of deposits   98.9%
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For Programme Issues

United Nations Sri Lanka, UN Compound 202-204, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. 

For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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