Justice sector support programme 2008-2012 : Access to justice for all,the foundation of good governance and poverty reduction

What is the project about?

The Programme is articulated around the following areas:
To build the capacity of the ministry of justice to review and draft laws and policies and sensitise the citizens on basic laws and individual rights; to build the capacities of the justice institutions in the areas of administration of justice, and law enforcement by building a strong judiciary plus an effective and well coordinated justice sector; promote crime prevention through encouraging community policing; strengthen peace building and reconciliation through support to Gacaca and increase access of justice to the people especially the most vulnerable by reinforcing legal aid mechanisms and mediation committees. (Witness protection through PGR is running through a separate project for 2008, beyond that a review is necessary to see how the activities can be sustained) NB: Support to legal aid by strengthening MAJ and other related activities for 2008 will be funded through DGTTF and this is incorporated in this large program of support to the justice sector. For sustainability since DGTTF covers one year the program is designed for 5 years and funding will be provided from UNDP for the following 4 years to continue support to this important activity.
The Programme was conceived through the human rights based approach promoted by the United Nations since 2003 for all its international cooperation interventions. This approach requires, that the capacity of the leaders to meeting their obligations towards the most vulnerable people is strengthened and that the ordinary people are encouraged to voice their concerns and to participate more actively in the governance of the country.


  1. Strengthening the review and drafting of law
  2. Increased awareness by the citizens of the main legal provisions crucial in their daily life (family, land, inheritance and penal law) and improved understanding of their fundamental rights and improved crime prevention through community policing
  3. Reinforcing legal aid and mediation mechanisms for a justice accessible to the people especially the most vulnerable groups.
  4. Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the judicial system both classical and Gacaca courts for improved peace building and reconciliation.
  5. Strengthening justice administration and law enforcement by building a strong, effective and well coordinated justice sector.


In the course of 2010, 16 additional Maison d'Acces a la Justice have been opened with the project's funds and 14 other MAJ were opened in 2008 and 2009 with other funds. This has further broadened access to justice to the population where received 4 504 cases were handled.
UNDP effort to support in capacity building continued with 3 331 Abunzi and bailiffs were sensitized in legal advice. Furthermore, our support contributed to regular radio emissions called UBUCAMANZA, in total 14 emissions were realized and 20 publications of newsletter UBUTABERA were produced.
In its support to the Supreme Court, UNDP has funded the training of 337 judges, the equipment of 26 courts with archiving infrastructure and 16 courts received funds for field trips for judges and registrars who travel to remote areas to deliver summons and judgments. This has further helped to increase access to justice and speed up the process of clearing of backlog cases.
With the Rwanda National Police UNDP has continued working on community policing. The RNP, with the support of a consultant has developed a communication strategy to improve communication and interaction between the RNP and the communities and sensitization in crime and genocide ideology prevention :- 100 secondary schools (20 from each of the 5 regions) have been sensitized against genocide ideologies and other related crimes; - 68 anti crime clubs in the mentioned 100 schools since other 32 schools had anti crime clubs which have been reactivated; - 2 anti crime debates among 10 schools in central and northern region respectively had media and interactive events on human rights promotion and crime reduction; - 5 interactive meetings (1 each region) with Community Liaison Officers (CLO'S) and Community Policing Committees debated of human rights and crime reduction;- 1 documentary produced on the progress made by RNP in the last 10 years highlighting adoption and progress of the community policing concept; - 2 live television talk shows and 4 radio talk shows on themes: role and progress of the community in partnering with RNP in crime prevention and reduction; - 250 police officers trained under specialized units in the community policing concept; - 150 police officers were trained in GBV cases prevention, response and handling; - 900 community policing committee members trained as trainers.

Who finance it

Donor Contributed amount
TRAC USD 1,086,170
DGTTF USD    250,000
Total USD 1,336,170


Total expenditure

USD 1,287,479.79
USD 1,170,098.04
USD 1,059,377.14
USD    867,879.08


Project overview
Project start date
Estimated date
Management arrangements
Focus area
Democratic governance
Sector and sub-sector
Minitry of Justice, National Service of Gacaca Jurdictions, Supreme court and Rwanda National Police
Geographic focus
All country
Implementing partners
Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, Rwanda National Police
UNDAF key result
Good Governance Enhanced and Sustained
UNDAF outcome
Rule of Law: Enhanced capacity of the government and partners to develop and maintain a stable state where freedoms and human rights are fully respected and protected
UNDAF outputs (CPD)
1. Strengthening of the capacity of the Justice sector in the field of Justice administration as well as in the area of law enforcement. 2. Strengthening capacities and mechanisms for conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation promotion at district and sector levels. 3. Enhancing the capacities of national human rights institutions, government and civil society to promote, monitor and report on Human Rights, of the government, and of the civil society. 4. Increasing access of Justice to all in particular to the poor and most vulnerable people
Project officer
Nadine Rugwe
Head of Unit and Programme Manager
Chantal Kayitare
National Project Coordinator/Supreme Court
Tel: +250(0)252-585941 or 0788750784
Theophile Gashagaza
National Projector Coordinator /MINIJUST
Tel:+250 0788562036
Related documents
Project document