Equitable Access to Justice Increased and Rule of Law Strengthened Through Support to the Justice Sector, Including Judiciary, and Promotion of Human Rights


UNDP consultant providing information to the Maldives Police Service, focusing on the important elements of the police's work in providing services to the people of Maldives.

This result area ensures:

  • National dialogue and coordination on justice sector, including judiciary is strengthened and priority actions are identified and implemented
  • Disadvantaged groups are better able to demand justice remedies through professionalization of legal profession, strengthened legal aid and increased Alternative Dispute Resolution options
  • Capacity of the Judiciary and Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to fulfill their roles and responsibilities are enhanced
  • Attorney General’s Office, Prosecutor General's Office and Police are strengthened to implement justice sector reform and law enforcement
  • Investigative and analytical capacities of human rights actors including HRCM and CSOs are improved to monitor and advocate human rights and promote legal awareness

Our Work

Under UNDP’s justice sector dialogues Maldives Police Service, Prosecutor General's Office, High Court and Gender Ministry met to discuss the Victim Support System in the Maldives. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.


  • As a means to promote debate among key stakeholders in the justice sector on important topics, UNDP organized several discussion forums on topics such as community mediation, criminal justice, international law and human rights. These forums provided the opportunity, often for the first time, for relevant institutions with common objectives to come together and discuss concerns, which resulted in better understanding of the issues and renewed sense of urgency to work together among the justice sector actors. The forums opened up the opportunities for future collaboration.
  • With a view to enhance the internal efficiency of the Victim Support Unit (VSU) of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) and Maldives Police Service (MPS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the VSU of PGO and MPS were developed. This resulted in change of the VSU within PGO to Witness Assistance Unit. SOPs for both PGO and MPS were approved and signed-off by senior management of both institutions.
  • In order to assess the investigative capacity of the Police Integrity Commission and to provide hands-on investigation skills, a workshop was held for 15 staff of the Police integrity Commission.
  • Awareness and skills on handling Forensic Evidence was provided during a training targeted towards HRCM and PIC staff. This was an activity conducted with coordination between justice sector institutions. The training was conducted by Maldives Police Service. There were 13 participants, including 3 staff from Police Integrity Commission.


  • A pool of trained staff has been established in the HRCM to lobby for human rights based budgeting. 20 Staff of Human Rights Commission went through training on analysis of budget from a human rights perspective. The skills learned will be used to train other stakeholders including CSOs and media to advocate for human rights based budgeting of the national budget in 2014.
  • The Maldives Police Service, the Police Integrity Commission and the HRCM agreed to introduce an informal resolution mechanism in handling complaints against the police which is a major step towards facilitating coordination and maximization of resources between the three key complaints recipient organizations. The agreement was reached at an interagency roundtable organized by IGP/UNDP between the three institutions on 18th March 2013. Introducing informal resolution would enable minor complaints to be handled at the police duty station on site and allow the oversight bodies to focus resources and attention on the major complaints including criminal activity. Formalizing this agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding is in progress.
  • To ensure police officers are better equipped in terms of elections security and in ensuring a peaceful election, a training programme on Human Rights and Elections Security for frontline police officers was developed in close consultation with the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the Elections Commission. Total 11 police officials (2 female and 9 male) participated in a week long Training of Trainers course.
  • As a follow up to the rapid assessment of crime prevention programmes in the Maldives conducted in 2012 and as a step towards building the bridge between the police and the community, a training manual on community policing was developed and a four days training of trainers was held for 14 senior police officers.


YEAR 2012 TOTAL US$ 275,077
German Foreign Office US$ 240,077
AusAid US$ 35,000
YEAR 2013 TOTAL US$ 238,317
Government of Germany US$ 99,875
UNDP TRAC US$ 18,386
BCPR US$ 14,650
Government of Australia US$ 16,824
UK Foreign Office US$ 88,582


YEAR 2012
Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery US$ 15,005
German Foreign Office US$ 121,171
AusAid US$ 15,802
YEAR 2013
TOTAL: US$ 208,539 (87.50%) 

Government of Germany US$ 97,597 (97.72%)
UNDP TRAC US$ 3,000 (16.32%)
BCPR US$ 9,407 (64.21%)
Government of Australia US$ 16,037 (95.32%)
UK Foreign Office US$ 82,498 (93.13%)
Project start date:
10 August 2013
Estimated end date:
31 July 2015
Geographic coverage:
Focus area:
Rule of law and Access to Justice
Programme Focal Point:
Ms. Zindu Salih
Supreme Court and other Courts, Judicial Services Commission, Attorney General’s Office, Prosecutor General’s Office, Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, Maldives Police Service, Policy Integrity Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs