Lack of access to a fair and equitable justice system is one of the most pressing problems confronting modern Somalia on its path towards stability and reconstruction. Informal justice systems, offering alternative dispute resolution are often much better placed to respond to the immediate justice needs of many Somalis seeking justice, as they have more legitimacy and are more easily accessible. To enhance access to justice in Somalia, it is therefore essential to engage with the alternative dispute resolution systems.
Funded by the Government of the Netherlands, IDLO is implementing a project that aims to engage with Somalia’s alternative dispute resolution system in a way that improves human rights protections, increases stability and encourages social cohesion, with a special focus on women and other vulnerable populations. To this end, IDLO is setting up alternative dispute resolution centers around the country to strengthen the linkages between formal and informal justice, improve alternative dispute resolution justice mechanisms’ compliance with the Constitution of Somalia and international human rights standards-with particular focus on gender equality.