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


In Timor-Leste, UNDP supported the Ministry of Justice to conduct the needs assessment of the women’s correctional facilities as per international standards. There are 15 female prisoners in Gleno prison, one of them with a baby. All are incarcerated in one block, in the same building as male prisoners and with no segregation of communal facilities. The women’s block has little to no running water, broken disposal facilities, and no separate cells for prisoners with babies. UNDP commissioned the refurbishment design of the women’s block to enhance human rights compliance focusing on female prisoners’ specific needs. The engineering designs were approved by the Ministry of Justice and Gleno prison management. The refurbishment will be completed in 2022.

UNDP provided expert support to develop a training curriculum for prison guards and inmates on gender equality, human rights and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV). The training modules were designed in consultation with the National Human Rights Institution, Secretariat of Equality and Inclusion, and the Ministry of Justice, to improve the sensitization of gender equality in correctional facilities and toward the reintegration of inmates. The trainings will be held in spring 2022 for approximately 100 inmates (15 percent women) in Gleno prison and 90-100 correctional officers (35 percent women) across the country.

In 2021, UNDP completed preparations to organize legal consultations in Gleno prison. Many convicts and detainees in Timor-Leste do not have access to a lawyer. To address this, UNDP engaged legal practitioners who will visit individuals deprived of liberty and provide legal consultations as required. The legal aid service will focus on women prisoners. In addition, financial literacy and vocational training for female prisoners, including convicts and pre-trial detainees, will take place. This educational activity will equip and enable women deprived of their liberty to protect their rights, not only in court but also with regards to their living standards, safety and treatment by prison personnel. The needs assessment for these sessions was completed and a training manual was developed and subsequently approved by the Ministry of Justice. The financial literacy training curriculum will include numeracy and bookkeeping skills, information on access to financial support, building a small business, along with vocational training for economic independence on their release.

Financial literacy training for women prisoners in Gleno prison, Timor-Leste. ©UNDP
Financial literacy training for women prisoners in Gleno prison, Timor-Leste.Photo: UNDP

Key Results: Timor-Leste

Preparatory work was completed to provide trainings on gender equality, human rights and prevention of gender-based violence for 100 inmates (15% women) in Gleno prison and for 90-100 correctional officers (35% women) across the country.

An engineering assessment was undertaken and a refurbishment plan was completed to redesign the female block in Gleno prison.

To ensure economic independence of female prisoners upon release, two training modules were developed for female prisoners covering financial literacy and vocational training.