International Development Law Organization

Community justice in Uganda

27 Nov 2017

Like other countries on the African continent, the Ugandan justice sector faces many challenges. Citizens demonstrate a widespread distrust towards formal justice institutions, which are perceived as corrupt, removed from the communities, expensive and slow to resolve disputes. This lack of confidence in the formal system leads people to resort to other means to seek recourse, and may also increase the likelihood of violence and further corruption.

IDLO is implementing an inception phase program to enhance the accessibility, quality and sustainability of justice services delivered for rural, vulnerable and marginalized communities in Uganda and support access to justice at the community level. With a view to implementing a longer-term program on community justice, IDLO is finalizing the organizational set-up for the inception phase. This includes establishing relations with justice sector actors, and gathering and validating information needed to ensure that the program is appropriately tailored to needs and implemented efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.