Forensic Human Resource and Governance Development Assistance for the Palestinian Authority

Project Duration: 07/06/2011 - 31/12/2017

Total Budget: US$ 10,275,357

Donor: Canada


Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development

Joint Task Force on Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine

Office of the Attorney General; Palestinian Civil Police

Palestinian Universities; Civil Society Organisations

Target Groups

Forensic scientists

Forensic medical practitioners, including pathologists and nurses

Forensic toxicologists

Criminal justice system stakeholders, including law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges

Civil society organisations

Outline and Objectives

The goal of the project is to provide the Palestinian National Authority with high quality and reliable forensic services. Forensic science and forensic medicine services play an integral part in the administration of justice by providing reliable and probative evidence regarding criminal activity. The model for all services will be based upon internationally accepted best practices. Upon completion, the ministries and the Palestinian people will have access to reliable, sustainable and transparent forensic services. 

The project focuses on governance, including implementation of quality management systems, strong leadership and full transparency of results, in addition to operational forensic service delivery. The results of the project will include:

  • Enhance knowledge, skills and competencies of forensic physicians, toxicologist and nurses on forensic medicine; 
  • Improve institutional capacity to manage forensic services;
  • Establishment of a solid governance framework for forensic services;
  • Enhance knowledge, skills and competencies of forensic medical practitioners and forensic scientists;
  • Establishment of a forensic science laboratory.

Key Achievements

The project was officially launched in Ramallah, the State of Palestinian, on 8 December 2011. Achievements to date include:

  • Increased technical skills of forensic science professionals, including women, in providing forensic services in areas such as drug analysis, firearms and tool mark identification and document examination
  • Improved ability of forensic medical professionals, including women, to conduct death investigations and provide gender-sensitive services to victims of abuse, particularly women and children
  • Improved institutional capacity to manage and deliver integrated forensic medicine and forensic science services based on international best practices
  • Enhanced understanding among police, legal and judicial authorities, decision makers and civil society of the role and importance of forensic services, including for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and family violence cases
  • Increased harmonization concerning legal frameworks, approaches, policies, and coordination, including SGBV and family violence cases: between police, legal and justice sector stakeholders including civil society organizations, among donors and multilateral organizations



Forensic Services for the Palestinian National Authority