Forensic Human Resource and Governance Development Assistance for the Palestinian Authority
Project Status: Ongoing
Project Duration: 07/06/2011 - 31/12/2017
Total Budget: US$ 10,275,357
Donor: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development, 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
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 overriding 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:
- Improved institutional capacity to manage forensic services;
- Establishment of a solid governance framework for forensic services;
- Enhanced knowledge, skills and competencies of forensic medical practitioners;
- Enhanced knowledge, skills and competencies of forensic scientists; and
- Establishment of a forensic science laboratory
The project was officially launched in Ramallah, occupied Palestinian Territory, on 8 December 2011. Achievements to date include:
• A forensic science laboratory has been established within the Palestinian Civil Police Headquarters. Laboratory staff are currently receiving specialised in-country training (firearm & tool mark evidence, drug analysis and forensic document examination), The training programmes were developed by international panels of experts as part of the project.
• Scientific equipment, tools, chemicals, consumables, furniture and other materials have been procured for the laboratory for training and future operations.
• Seven Palestinian doctors are studying towards a four-year "Higher Specialty Degree in Forensic Medicine" post-graduate programme at the University of Jordan.
• A bespoke training programme in forensic nursing is underway.
• Forensic science and medicine guidelines, manuals and other materials have been developed for new practitioners and criminal justice system stakeholders.