The UN works in close collaboration with Government efforts to re-establish a stable state, and help its citizens feel that the state can deliver justice through the neutral application of the law. Because of its intergovernmental nature with a mandate to support governments in areas that have political implications, the UN has built up years of experience in various countries and has access to global knowledge that it can bring to bear in support of the Government’s governance and rule of law programmes. Capacity building is at the core of the rule of law and governance thematic area. The overall focus of UN efforts to increase human capacity in the public sector, build institutional capacity, and bureaucratic simplification of government institutions, will ensure that the services and rights of people are provided for and protected. This will also reduce losses from corruption.
The UN’s support to the ANPDF aims to achieve five outcomes:
- The government’s Justice and Judicial Reform Plan supported leading to an impartial, transparent, and accountable justice system and application of law; improved delivery and enforcement of court judgements and decisions; improved access to, delivery, and use of the formal justice system; increased trust in judicial services; and a fully operational and independent Anti-Corruption Justice Centre
- Strengthened electoral and representative institutions and systems better able to ensure full public participation, representation, and transparency in electoral processes;
- More capable and inclusive provincial and municipal governments better able to plan, monitor and budget for accountable and transparent service delivery in accordance with the Sub-National Governance Policy and National Priority Plan;
- Increased participation of women in civil service and public life; full implementation of the Government’s National Action Plan for Women in Afghanistan; and improved security and reduced conflicts for communities and enhanced law enforcement capacity to combat drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.