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Joint Programme for the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Sudan


Brief Description

This Joint Programme for Rule of Law (JPROL) is being initiated in Darfur to strengthen delivery, coherence and maximize the impact of United Nations support to the rule of law in Darfur. It will bring together all relevant interventions under one framework, pool resources and establish shared priorities in addressing the lawlessness and criminality which are the primary causes of instability in Darfur today.

Through the programme, the UN system will work closely with the government, civil society and local communities to strengthen the institutional capacity of the justice, corrections and police as well as other institutions upholding the rule of law. Activities include: revision of selected laws and procedures; re-establishment of the criminal justice chain in pilot areas to which Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are likely to return; and building the capacity of and oversight over justice and security institutions. JPROL will also provide robust support to improve access to justice through the legal empowerment of vulnerable populations in Darfur, especially women, children and IDPs. In order to address the root causes of the conflict in Darfur, JPROL will support rights-based resolution of land issues. All activities will be gender mainstreamed.

The programme is being launched at a time when there is perhaps an unprecedented opportunity to promote the rule of law and move the region towards recovery. The conflict has changed and the main source of insecurity is no longer strategic and orchestrated violence between armed groups but criminality, making the rule of law crucial for security. Another reason for the UN to make a renewed effort on this front is that the government has been demonstrating willingness to promote the rule of law and work with the United Nations to that effect.

In addition, the programme will provide a framework to implement Security Council Resolutions 2228 (2015) and 2296 (2016). Resolution 2228 concluded that certain UNAMID mandated tasks relating to the promotion of the rule of law in Darfur, as well as capacity-building of police and other local institutions which can combat impunity, will be transferred to entities with the necessary comparative advantage, meaning the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sudan. Resolution 2296 specifies that this transfer must be concluded by June 2017. In line with the recommendations of the High Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations, JPROL will enable a seamless transfer of rule of law tasks through a well-coordinated handover to the UNCT, sharing of resources between UNAMID and the UNCT, and rapid build-up of UNCT capabilities under an organized funding plan.

The Joint Programme is spearheaded by the Rule of Law Coordination Group (RLCG), which is a UN Global Focal Point Arrangement established in August 2015 encompassing all UN actors involved in promoting the rule of law in Darfur. While UNDP and the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) are the lead agencies for the programme, nine other UN agencies make a significant contribution and receive funds from the programme: FAO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNOPS, UNWOMEN and WFP.

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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.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 856,391  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 0  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   856,391
Transferred to Participating Organizations 847,827  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -14,563  
Administrative Agent Fee 8,564  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 0  
Total use of funds   841,828
Balance with Administrative Agent   14,563
As a percentage of deposits   1.7%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 847,827  
Total resources   847,827
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 833,264  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -14,563  
Total expenses     847,827
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   14,563
As a percentage of deposits   1.7%
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