AQJS - Access to Quality Justice Services

Despite significant progress, Afghan justice institutions face challenges in the delivery of justice services, especially to vulnerable populations, such as women, children and prisoners. This project implemented by the United Nations Development Program provides support to both institutional and citizen engagement to increase access to quality justice for all citizens and particularly to vulnerable groups and strengthen the justice institutions to fulfil their constitutional and human rights obligations.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Conflito y fragilidad
Derechos humanos
Prevención de los conflictos
Desarrollo de los servicios legales y judiciales
Derechos humanos (incluidos los derechos de las mujeres)
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022
CHF  6’050’000

Afghanistan’s justice institutions have made significant progress since 2001. Key legal instruments have been adopted, important services extended, and vital legal institutions revived or created. At least three broad challenges remain: promoting respect for women and girls, the actual delivery of justice services, especially to vulnerable populations, and increasing the sometimes still limited capacity of Afghan justice institutions.

The project will contribute to strengthening the trust between the citizens and the justice sector by improving access to quality justice services for all. In accordance with Afghanistan's priorities for justice sector reforms, recognized through the National Justice and Judicial Reform Plan (2017– 2021), this project will provide strategic technical and institutional support to ensure the inclusiveness, transparency, well-coordinated and respect for the protection of human rights of citizens to be enhanced across the entire justice sector. 

Objetivos Increased access to quality justice for all and reduced ‘justice gap’ in Afghanistan.
Grupos destinarios

-    Ministry of Justice as the main state partner; 

-    Supreme court (gender unit and Elimination of Violence against Women court); 

-    Attorney General Office; 

-    Ministry of Women Affairs; 

-    Afghan people, particularly vulnerable groups such as women, children, prisoners and people with disabilities.

Efectos a medio plazo

i    Access to quality justice services for Afghan men and women is improved;

ii    Justice and judicial institutions assisted to achieve their National Justice and Judicial Reform Plan (2017-2021) implementation.


Resultados previstos:  

-    National justice institutions increased capacity and cooperation; 

-    Access to Legal Aid services for indigent and vulnerable groups specifically women, children and prisoners; 

-    A repository of positive and best practices of the customary justice systems developed for widespread advocacy through a positive deviance approach.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

-    The previous project Afghanistan Access to Justice (AA2J) supported the establishment of 23 Elimination of Violence against Women Courts in 23 provinces;

-    The Human Rights Support Unit which was established with the support AA2J has been integrated within the Ministry of Justice and a dedicated department has been created; 

-    Afghanistan adopted a new Penal Code (2018), which is in line with internationally accepted human rights standards;

-    Afghanistan submitted its Universal Periodic Review report and several other reports on the implementation of international human rights treaties.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Sector privado
Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)
  • Sector privado extranjero Sur/Este
  • Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo

Otras contrapartes
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through a bilateral contract.
Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores International Development Law Organization, German International Cooperation, Italian Development Cooperation, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Law and Order Trust Fund (LOTFA).
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    6’050’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    2’000’000
Fases del proyecto Fase 1 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022   (Fase en curso)