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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Conflit & fragilité
Droits de la personne
Prévention des conflits
Développement des systèmes légaux et judiciaires
Droits de la personne (y compris droits des femmes)
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. 

Objectifs Increased access to quality justice for all and reduced ‘justice gap’ in Afghanistan.
Groupes cibles

-    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.

Effets à moyen terme

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.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

-    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.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

-    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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est
  • Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement

Autres partenaires
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through a bilateral contract.
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs International Development Law Organization, German International Cooperation, Italian Development Cooperation, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Law and Order Trust Fund (LOTFA).
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    6’050’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    2’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours)