|Overview : |
Rule of law is a core pillar of the United Nation’s response to the Sustainable Development Goals. In fragile States, national and local capacities must be empowered to respond to immediate justice and security needs, ensuring that peace dividends are translated into inclusive growth. As Liberia straddles the humanitarian-development axis, unobstructed access to rule of law institutions remains a decisive factor in efforts to rebuild societies and create an enabling environment that contributes to poverty reduction, sustainable growth and development, gender equality and guarantees for the respect and protection of human rights. The Joint Rule of Law Programme’s engagement in this area seeks to address key developmental challenges by promoting the rights of women, gender equality, and children’s rights, while ensuring that physical and legal protection, as well as the psychological wellbeing of people, communities and civil society and that their access to justice is enhanced. The Programme will support an enabling environment for growth and development by strengthening transparency institutions to increase accountability and combat corruption, while introducing policy and structural reforms to ensure that the judiciary and relevant law enforcement agencies—in close collaboration with other relevant sectors—provide timely, credible, predictable and acceptable responses to crimes and legal disputes.
The Programme also engages with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to foster grassroots voice, accountability and civic engagement human rights literacy and more especially, provide legal aid particularly to survivors of SGBV and address prolonged and arbitrary detention. Consequently, CSOs are required to provide legal aid services, psychosocial support, and human rights awareness in each of the above-mentioned counties. CSOs with established presence in the said counties are preferred.
UNDP is seeking proposals from qualified CSOs/CBOs to provide legal aid services, psychosocial support to survivors of SGBV, address prolonged and arbitrary detention, address harmful traditional practices and provide human rights awareness in Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru, Margibi, Maryland, River Cess, River Gee, and Sinoe Counties.