Impact by Regions, Countries & Territories

UNDP’s Global Programme supports crisis-affected contexts across all regions to strengthen the rule of law and human rights. In this section, we present five regional overviews, detailing our priorities and approach depending on the context, as well as feature select country and territory results from 2021.

Five contexts from the list (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali and Yemen) illustrate the achievements of the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law (GFP). In peacekeeping missions and transition settings, UNDP’s Global Programme works through the GFP to deliver integrated assistance with our UN partners.

GFP Global Focal Point Highlights

Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, UNDP promoted human rights due diligence and offered technical assistance to policy work related to the establishment of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, including in partnership with the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and civil society organizations (CSOs). One area of focus was to raise awareness and train women from Dansokoya and Kafesimra in Tonkolili district in Northern Sierra Leone. A total of 75 women benefitted from an awareness raising programme, and 20 women underwent training on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights (UNGP) as well as on issues related to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The women who participated in these activities are Mammy Queens, section chairladies and opinion leaders in their communities, private entrepreneurs or farmers. As a result, women have become more active in decision-making affecting their chiefdom. Particularly important is the establishment of a referral system in rural communities for SGBV survivors. Members of the Chiefdom Multi-Stakeholders Platform established in Dansokoya and Kafesimra Chiefdoms perform this referral function supporting survivors in accessing either the Family Support Unit, police stations or hospitals, based on their assessment of survivor’s needs.

In 2021, progress was achieved on women’s empowerment and their effective participation in decision-making and business planning. For instance, women received seats and voice during meetings with potential investors who visited chiefdoms to explore opportunities to commence business operations.

UNDP’s programming in Sierra Leone enhanced the dialogue between businesses and citizens, as well as engagement of traditional authorities leading to a gradual change in how companies allocate their development funds. Following training and community outreach, the Chiefdom Multi-Stakeholders’ Platform mapped 13 big companies operating in the chiefdoms of Dansokoya and Kafesimra by the end of 2021, mining gold, black stone and bauxite. Participants, mostly members of the women’s association “Women in Mining” successfully advocated for the allocation of the funds for women’s agricultural activities directly to women. Prior to UNDP’s training and outreach activities and its support to the CSO “Community Action for Human Security”, such funds were often channeled through local chiefs and never reached their end beneficiaries.

In Moyamba district, Mano Dasse Chiefdom, UNDP-supported activities on Business and Human Rights empowered beneficiaries with knowledge and tools to protect their rights and seek redress. In an emblematic case, business operations were suspended following a claim from a landowner who had questioned the acquisition of his plot by a mining company. Following his complaint, the company launched an internal inquiry and committed to follow the human rights due diligence policy. This case demonstrated the trend of creating an enabling environment and human rights-based approaches applied by businesses.

UNDP supported eight meetings of the Chiefdom Multi-Stakeholders Platform and Grievance Redress Mechanism bringing together local councilors, traditional authorities, leaders of the women’s association, representatives of community-based organizations, and others. The meetings fostered interactions among local communities and largescale companies enabling communities to receive feedback on community development initiatives these companies were undertaking.

Two-day training participants
Participants of a two-day training on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Kayamba chiefdom, Moyamba district, Sierra Leone.Photo: UNDP

Key Results: Sierra Leone

Four civil society organizations received financial and expert support to conduct eight community forums in eight chiefdoms in the districts of Tonkolili, Kenema, Pujehun and Moyamba. 436 participants (236 men and 200 women) included members of the Ward Development Committees, local councils, civil society organizations, women leaders and youth groups.

120 people (62 men, 58 women) benefitted from six training programmes on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), sexual and gender-based violence, and the new provisions of the amended Sexual Offences Act of 2019.

Over 182,000 people were reached through eight radio talk shows dedicated to UNGP, relevant national laws and policies. This public campaign opened space for community participation and interaction that is reshaping the attitudes and practices of local authorities and companies towards the rural communities that host them.