Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA Phase II) - 2015 Annual Progress Report

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The Justice and Human Rights for Afghanistan (JHRA) project Phase II was initiated in 2013, following up on the work of Phase I that operated between 2009 and 2012. The Project Steering Committee (PSC) has approved the extension of JHRA Phase II until 31 March 2016. The JHRA has worked with the government and national institutions to increase the overall capacity of the justice sector and human rights institutions to deliver services the Afghan people, and increase the overall trust of Afghan men and women in the justice sector.

UNDP has accelerated its efforts to design a successor project for JHRA, the Afghanistan Access to Justice Project (AA2J). Based on the conclusions of series of meetings with the national counterparts of the PSC, the recommendations from the Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE), UNDP’s Strategic Plan, inputs from bilateral meetings with national counterparts and the final report of the human rights scoping mission by UNDP staff from Headquarters and the Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific, UNDP has prepared a Concept Note and facilitated a series of consultations on the draft Results and Resources Framework (RRF) of the planned AA2J project, which is expected to start as of 1 April 2016.

During the reporting period (1 January – 31 December 2015), the JHRA project has achieved the large majority of its targets under Phase II of the project period. The results are summarized below per output.