Security & Justice Reform
LDP is committed to supporting security and justice services to deliver faster, fairer and cheaper security and justice, and empowering citizens to demand such services effectively. Our key area of expertise is the development and implementation of national security and justice reform programmes which -
- are linked to Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks
- enhance justice and security for poor people, including in post conflict situations
- embrace both formal and informal or community based justice systems
- support an investment climate conducive to private sector development
- strengthen governance systems at national and local levels
LDP has been at the forefront of the design, development and implementation of national justice sector reform programmes. Building on our founder director Clare Manuel's pioneering work in supporting the Government of Uganda to develop their sector wide approach for the justice sector, LDP has subsequently supported national justice sector reform programme development in Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Guyana.
We are acknowledged leaders in thinking on justice sector reform and have advised donor governments on justice sector policy. In 2009, we developed core guidance for the Danish International Development Agency on support for justice sector reform for their advisers worldwide, and in 2010 we developed a policy paper for the United Kingdom's Department for International Development on their approach to security and justice programming in light of their commitment in White Paper IV to enhance security and justice spend and to regard security and justice as a basic service.
We adopt a holistic view of the justice sector and encourage a systemic, cross-institutional approach to justice sector development and reform. We focus on working with and bringing together formal and informal justice sectors and traditional justice mechanisms. We have pioneered a highly participatory approach to planning and prioritisation of budgetary spend in the justice sector, involving the full range of stakeholders in the justice and security sector from institutions to users and civil society. We have a range of cross cutting skills relevant across the whole sector, including lawyers, mediation experts and police advisors. We work were in a broad range of jurisdictions (both common and civil law) and settings (including post-conflict and fragile states).
Examples of LDP's Justice & Security Work
Sierra Leone Justice Sector Development Programme. LDP worked closely with justice sector institutions and stakeholders in Sierra Leone in a highly participatory process to develop the Government of Sierra Leone's first ever Justice Sector Reform Strategy. The Strategy contains measures to build justice and security in the post conflict era and prioritises justice at the community level - "primary justice".
Rwanda Justice, Reconciliation, Law & Order Strategy and Budgeting Framework. LDP worked with the Government of Rwanda to develop a three year costed prioritised strategy for the justice sector. A key focus was on reconciliation and institution building in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.
Burundi National Justice Sector Strategy. LDP conducted detailed stakeholder consultations with civil society, donors and the Government of Burundi which culminated in the development of a Justice Sector Strategic Framework, with a detailed vision and targets for the justice sector for the next five years.