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Tools for » Technical cooperation and capacity-building for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines
In Focus

Fund Dates

Start date: 16 October 2021

End date: 16 October 2024




Key documents

JP Philippines HR - Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA)

JP Philippines HR - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

JP Philippines HR - Programme Document




Drawing on strategic partnerships and constructive engagement around human rights, joint programme stakeholders strive to improve the human rights situation in the Philippines, by providing support to assist national systems and institutions in fulfilling international human rights obligations and commitments.


Fund Scope

Protection and promotion of human rights is at the core of sustainable development. The Philippines has a strong domestic legal and policy framework for protection of human rights, and officials and representatives have actively engaged with initiatives and frameworks within the international human rights system. Yet, ongoing challenges led to the establishment of the UN Joint Programme for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines.

Stakeholders work towards strengthening human rights-based approaches in targeted areas to increase local engagement around international human rights mechanisms that support effective and accountable responses for human rights violations and abuses.

Joint Programme stakeholders focus on six key areas:

  • Strengthening domestic investigative and accountability mechanisms. 
  • Improved data gathering on alleged police violations. 
  • Civic space and engagement with civil society.
  • Strengthening the National Mechanism for Reporting and follow-up.
  • Human rights-based approaches to drug control and counterterrorism.

Resources are mobilized from multiple development partners and Joint Programme stakeholders will advocate for compliance through Philippines international human rights obligations and adjacent domestic legislation.

This Joint Programme contributes accelerating SDGs 16, 17, 3 and 5.


Strategic framework and theory of change

If laws and policies in the Philippines comply with international human rights standards, and are effectively implemented, the capacity and commitment of duty bearers to apply human rights-based approaches are enhanced, mechanisms to hold both human rights violators and abusers accountable are strengthened, and rights holders have effective avenues through which they can claim their rights without fear of repercussion, then the rights of all people will be better respected at all times.

Joint programme stakeholders implement projects they hope will strengthen the capacities of duty bearers to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights. Human rights-based approaches will be applied to a dearth of services, standards, and institutional mechanisms, which will hopefully lead to a substantial reduction in violations due to increased awareness and compliance with state (international) human rights obligations. Furthermore, programme action will help strengthen domestic accountability mechanisms that address human rights violations and abuses, increasing social accountability and justice for victims. Overall, Rights holders, including victims of human rights violations and abuses and their families will be in a better position to claim their rights.

Strategies to improve sector efficiency and accountability include the delivery of fair and equal justice, enhancing accountability through an engaged citizenry, and improving sector efficiency. All programme outcomes align with the United Nations Socioeconomic and Peacebuilding Framework for COVID-19 recovery and the Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development (2019-2023), which redefines the nature of UN engagement in the Philippines and considers national commitments promote and protect political, civil, economic, social, and cultural rights.



Joint Programme Steering Committee

Provides leadership, vision and strategic direction, as well as makes resource allocation decisions and monitors the Joint Programme progress towards achieving transformative change and desired objectives. The Steering Committee offers a platform for high-level dialogue, coordination, communication and advocacy amongst stakeholders, agrees on the overall strategic direction of the Joint Programme, provides management and coordination oversight, reviews theory of change, annual workplans, reports and budgets, identifies and recommends corrective action, and leads on efforts to capitalize the Fund.

UN Joint Programme Coordination/Secretariat 

Members of the Secretariat support Steering Committee functions and monitor all programme activities. The Programme Coordinator of the Secretariat is responsible for convening the leads of the six Technical Working Groups to ensure coherence and consistency in implementation. 

Technical Working Groups 

The Technical Working Groups lead and oversee programme implementation and monitoring and provide regular technical advice and progress reports to key stakeholders. Members also analyze programme bottlenecks, emerging human rights risks, or concerns, identify actions to take, and recommend strategies and innovative approaches to joint programming and in addressing risks and operational issues.

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.


Stakeholders leverage national and international frameworks, along with SDGs 16, 17, 3 and 5, to strengthen human rights-based approaches in targeted areas and boost effective responses for human rights violations and abuses.

Recent Documents

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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 1,312,416  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 69  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   1,312,485
Transferred to Participating Organizations 987,276  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 13,124  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 29  
Total use of funds   1,000,430
Balance with Administrative Agent   312,055
As a percentage of deposits   23.8%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 987,276  
Total resources   987,276
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     0
Balance with Participating Organizations   987,276
As a percentage of transfers   100.0%
Total Balance of Funds   1,299,331
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, 14th and 15th Floors, Rockwell Business Center, Sheridan North Tower, Corner of United and Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong City, Philippines - website:

*Mr. Gustavo Gonzalez, UN Resident Coordinator; E-mail:
*Ms. Eden Lumilan, Partnership and Development Finance; E-mail: 
*Ms. Sarah Toner, JP Coordinator; E-mail:

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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