Forensic Service Assistance Programme for the Palestinian Authority

Project Duration: 07/06/2011 - 31/03/2015

Total Budget: US$ 10,900,000

Donor: Canadian International Development Agency


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

Participants in stakeholder workshops, including law enforcement officials, prosecutors, judges, and civil society organisations

Outline and Objectives

The overriding goal of the project is to provide the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) with high quality and reliable forensic services in the West Bank. 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 PNA 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 temporary forensic science laboratory training facility

Key Achievements

The project was officially launched in Ramallah, occupied Palestinian Territory, on 8 December 2011. Project inception activities have now been completed. These included:

  • Completion of the project inception mission (16-27 January 2012)
  • Revision of the work-programme
  • Preparation of the project implementation plan, including agreed key activities for 2012

Project implementation activities will commence in May 2012 in a phased and prioritized manner.




Forensic Services for the Palestinian National Authority