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


UNDP continued its support to a working group under the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan on the elaboration of a draft law on access to judicial information. With the support of UNDP, civil society organizations (CSOs) were actively engaged into the law drafting and promoted enhanced communication among courts, civil society and media. After the Law on Access to Judicial Information was adopted in May 2021, UNDP supported information sessions in all the regions of the Republic of Tajikistan on the new law. In total, 76 courts benefitted from these sessions, and 154 judges and court staff members participated along with lawyers, CSOs and media representatives.

Due to UNDP’s support, 9,446 people in Tajikistan, including 6,070 women, received access to free legal aid. Most of these beneficiaries were persons with disabilities or people belonging to marginalized groups. In addition, 228 men and 31 women benefitted from secondary free legal aid provided in 259 criminal cases. Out of the total number of 259 individuals, 12 were persons with disabilities and 41 were minors.

After Tajikistan ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in February 2020, UNDP embarked on an advocacy campaign to bring the national legislation in line with the Convention. UNDP worked with the state working group on UNCPRD to elaborate a roadmap for the country’s compliance with the Convention and supported organizations of persons with disabilities to design a State Programme “Accessible Environment” which was adopted in February 2021. Among other activities, UNDP supported civil society in establishing the Coordination Council on disability issues under the Parliament of Tajikistan, introduction of public advisors on disability issues under Khukumats (local governments) and provision of free legal aid to persons with disabilities.

With UNDP support and under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, a sub-chapter on rule of law and access to justice of the Mid-Term Development Programme of the Republic of Tajikistan for 2021-2025 was elaborated. It contained 30 national indicators to track progress on SDG16 which were incorporated into the matrix of action. The Mid-Term Development Programme was approved by the Government in April 2021 and adopted by Majlisi Namoyandagon (the Lower Chamber of the Parliament) in July.

UNDP enhanced the capacities of the Ombudsperson office and supported the organization of 30 seminars and round tables for over 900 representatives of penitentiary institutions on the role of the Ombudsperson in protecting the rights of convicts and persons with disabilities, on relevant human rights mechanisms and international standards.

Monitoring of ten facilities in Dushanbe
Civil society led monitoring of ten facilities in Dushanbe (public institutions, banks, trade centers, etc.) to verify their accessibility for people with disabilities and provide recommendations for improvements. Photo: UNDP
UNDP partners promoting the rights of PWDs
Civil society activists, UNDP partners promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, advocate for accessible environments and access of persons with disabilities to justice and free legal aid.Photo: UNDP

Key Results: Tajikistan

9,446 people (including 6,070 women) received access to free legal aid.

UNDP supported the Ombudsperson office in providing legal consultations to 290 people (including 175 women and 37 persons with disabilities).

Civil society organizations of persons with disabilities conducted awareness raising sessions in six pilot regions for 706 people (including 332 women and 374 persons with disabilities) on social rights. Out of this total number, 87% or 614 individuals, including 256 persons with disabilities, said they were empowered to claim their rights in communication with state institutions.