Project that come under the Ministry of Justice Federal Government of Somalia:

  1. Joint Justice Program (JJP): The Joint Justice Programme is based on the experience of, and lessons learned from, the Joint Rule of Law Programme. Following the recommendations of the RoL JP‘s final evaluation, that predecessor programme was divided into three separate programmes, namely: the Joint Police Programme, 2. the Joint Justice Programme and 3. the Joint Corrections Programme. The Joint Justice Programme (JJP) is a 30-month programme supporting the National Development Plan 2017-2019 goal to ‘Establish independent, accountable and efficient justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia’. At the level of the UNSF, it contributes to Strategic Priorities 3 (“All Somalis benefit from Peace, Security and the Rule of Law, including Justice“) and 4 (“Effective and accountable institutions that respond to needs and rights of all Somalis“).

The programme includes a total of five participating agencies. Including four UN agencies (UNSOM, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) and IDLO, a non-UN entity. IDLO, which has an intergovernmental organisational status, has as its specific mandate to promote the rule of law in Somalia. The programme was approved by the steering committee of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility on May 23, 2018; and signed by the UN and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) on August 14, 2018.

The duration of the programme is from August 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Geographically, the programme covers five federal member states (Puntland, Jubaland, South West State, Galmudug and Hirshabelle) and Mogadishu/Benadir.

Key focus areas of the Programme are:

  • Federalization of the justice sector and state building, including the constitutional review process
  • Strengthening justice institutions as part of the Comprehensive Approach to Security and methods of countering violent extremism (strand 2 and 4)
  • Leadership, planning and management capacity
  • Nationalising training capacities and standardising training programmes
  • Promoting oversight, accountability and inclusivity
  • Expanding and strengthening justice services
  • Adopting community orientated approaches to improving local access to justice and ensure stabilization (strand 3 CAS)
  • Rule of law (RoL) institutions enabled and communities empowered through increased security and improved access to justice
  • Legal and policy frameworks in place which also promote gender equality.
  1. Joint Correction Program: The Somalia Joint Corrections Service Programme is a 30 month, joint UN agency programme. It supports the National Development Plan 2017-2019 goal to ‘Establish independent, accountable and efficient justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia’.

The programme operates under UN Strategic Priority 3: All Somalis benefit from Peace, Security, Justice & the Rule of Law and UN Strategic Priority 4: Effective and accountable institutions that respond to needs and rights of all Somalis.

Key focus areas of the programme are:

  • Fedurilization of the Custodial Corps and linkage to the Transition Plan through the CAS Strands particularly 2C, 3 and 4
  • Updated unified legal framework, incorporating elements of the Corrections Model;
  • Establishment of at least one correctional facility in each region, equipped and operating in accordance with national laws and international standards;
  • Strengthened and adapted Standard Operating Procedures for prisons within the “federal” concept;
  • Nationalizing training capacities and standardizing training programmes;
  • Strengthen the strategic and operational capacity of the “National Custodial Corp Training Center” in Garowe;
  • Establishment or strengthen rehabilitation programmes for prisoners, tailored to the capacity of each of the targeted prisons noted above;
  • Establish a structure and process for strengthened “internal monitoring and inspection” by the Somali Custodial Corps;
  • Establish or strengthen a process for “external oversight” of prisons throughout Somalia;
  • Strengthen relationships with community stakeholders for the reintegration of prisoners.