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’s rule of law programming improved state security and enabled access to justice. In four out of six priority governorates, public trust in the local police has increased from 62.3 percent in 2016 to 76.75 percent in 2021. According to a public perception survey, 90 percent of people across the country felt safe compared to 48 percent in 2016.

Percentage of people across Iraq that felt safe, according to a public perception survey

In Iraq, UNDP sought complementarity between top-down and bottom-up approaches. At the national level, UNDP supported inclusive and gender responsive policy development while establishing a trustful relationship between the communities and the police at the local level. The role of civil society in the security sector was enhanced. At multiple forums, civil society representatives were convened to engage with national policymakers to ensure varied voices were represented and heard.

At the local level, UNDP supported over 25 local civil society organizations to implement quick impact projects to improve community-police partnerships in addressing local safety issues. UNDP also supported access to justice for the most vulnerable by delivering free legal aid services for 22,176 displaced people, including survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and sexual and gender-based violence.

Improving the Effectiveness of Local Police training participants
Participants of a training on Improving the Effectiveness of Local Police, Baghdad, Iraq.Photo: UNDP Iraq