Uganda: Strengthening the Capacity of Local Council Courts towards Enhancing Acces...

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Uganda: Strengthening the Capacity of Local Council Courts towards Enhancing Access to Justice

In 2013, ILI-ACLE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Democratic Governance Facility for an initial two-year initiative, and extended for an additional eight months, to strengthen access to justice in Uganda through building the capacity of the local council courts (LCCs), the most accessible court structures in the country. With continued support from the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG) and buy-in from key stakeholders, ILI-ACLE developed a comprehensive training manual, approved by MoLG and other Justice, Law and Order Sector stakeholders.  A cadre of 903 MoLG trainers were trained and empowered to conduct training of LCCs at the village and parish levels in more than 45 districts across Uganda. Thousands of LCC members have been trained  and due to the notable impact the initiative has had, a further extension has been granted for additional activities. Find more information about the project here.

Client: Ministry of Local Government and the Justice, Law and Order Sector, Uganda

Donor: Democratic Governance Facility

Project Dates: Project dates: September 2013 - Present

Location: Uganda

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DFC Programme: Democratisation and the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development

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DFC Programme: Democratisation and the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development

ILI-ACLE, In collaboration with the Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC), held a two-week programme on Democratisation and the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development attended by 13 participants from Ghana, Kenya, Nepal and Rwanda, working in capacities affiliated with Danish-supported development programmes and projects. Through a series of lectures, case studies, site visits, group discussions, presentations and supported action planning, this course examined the relationship between democracy, human rights and development.

Client: Danish Fellowship Centre

Project Dates: May 9 - 20, 2016

Location: Kampala, Uganda

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Uganda: Human Rights Training for Judicial Officers

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Uganda: Human Rights Training for Judicial Officers

ILI-ACLE, in collaboration with the DANIDA Judiciary Support Project/Uganda Good Governance Programme, hosted judicial officers from different districts across Uganda in three separate one-week training programmes on human rights and rights of the accused and timely justice.  The programme focused on access to justice and equal treatment to all citizens as a core component of a functioning and fair democratic society. Designed to empower judicial officers in contributing to the moulding of a robust human rights strategy, the programme aimed to provide them with tools to support the courts in delivering improved service to court users. ILI-ACLE developed the programme in conjunction with and approval from the Judiciary’s Registry of Planning and Development. Topics included: the role of the judiciary in promoting and protecting human rights, judicial integrity and independence, human rights in relation to criminal proceedings, mainstreaming gender into judicial processes and access to justice through public interest litigation.

Client: Judiciary of Uganda

Donor: Danish International Development Agency

Project Dates: December 2014 -August 2015

Location: Uganda

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Democratisation and the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development

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Democratisation and the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development

Through the support of the Danida Fellowship Centre, ILI-ACLE has conducted two annual 2-week programmes on Democratosation and the Human Rights-based Approach to Development for professionals from Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Zambia—the first in November-December 2011; and the second in October 2012. Through a series of lectures, case studies, site visits, mock community/CSO/local government dialogues and group work, the course strengthened participants’ understanding of development processes from a foundation of democratisation and human rights principles and standards and enabled participants with the tools to apply a human rights-based approach to programming.

To facilitate the transfer of concepts learned into action, ILI-ACLE engaged participants in Institutional Action Planning within the priorities of their respective organizations, ensuring coordination between civil society, accountability institutions and local communities. ILI-ACLE worked with programme participants to develop their action plans in small groups during the course of the 2-week progamme. Participants were guided to ensure that their objectives were specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-sensitive (SMART), and further set forth corresponding activities, timeframes, individual designations of responsibility; indicators of success; risks/assumptions and alternatives to proposed activities where risks outweigh the likelihood of achieving the activities. Upon the conclusion of the programme, ILI-ACLE follows up with participants to monitor their progress and identify successes and challenges in implementation.

Client: Danida Fellowship Centre

Project Dates: 2011 – 2012

Location: Kampala, Uganda

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Zambia Access to Justice Project

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Zambia Access to Justice Project

ILI-ACLE was awarded a project to advise the Government of Zambia on access to justice and human rights concerns identified in previous reports. Following findings that existing human rights training in Zambia did not take into account adult-learning principals nor address the actual issues and challenges faced by the access to justice institutions, ILI-ACLE developed a comprehensive Facilitator’s Guide and Toolkit on Access to Justice in Zambia focusing on the roles, experiences and challenges of the five access to justice institutions – the Police, Judiciary, National Prosecutions Authority, Legal Aid Board and Prisons. The training modules developed are situation-centered with numerous real case studies, and encourage a practical, participatory and experiential approach. They were tested by ILI-ACLE in two pilot training workshops which were well received by stakeholders.

Client: Government of Zambia

Project Dates: 2010-2012

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TIRI Pro-Poor Integrity Programme

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TIRI Pro-Poor Integrity Programme

ILI-ACLE was engaged to strengthen the integrity of local council courts through rights-based training in Uganda towards enhanced access to justice and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. ILI-ACLE conducted a baseline assessment of Iganga, Bushenyi, Sembabule, Tororo and Kitgum districts. The resulting comprehensive training curriculum included materials on the following: The Roles and Responsibilities of Local Council Court Members;  Ethics & Integrity; An Introduction to Human Rights and Access to Justice for Uganda’s Most Vulnerable Populations;  Local Council Court Procedures; and The Decision-Making Process (including lessons on addressing matters involving customary land offences under the Children’s Act as well as Mediation). The training included a simulated Local Council Court proceeding and various other participatory exercises.

Relevant Achievements during Tiri Phase I
  • ILI-ACLE conducted a baseline assessment of Iganga, Bushenyi, Sembabule and Kitgum districts, Uganda;
  • ILI-ACLE drafted a training manual on the integrity of local judiciaries in enforcing rights related to health, water and sanitation, education and social protection services. Materials incorporated issues raised during focus group discussions as well as relevant legislative provisions; and
  • ILI-ACLE conducted a pilot one-week joint training for 12 Local Council Court members from Bushenyi, Kitgum, Sembabule and Iganga districts, Uganda.
Relevant Achievements during Tiri Phase II
  • ILI-ACLE conducted a baseline assessment in Tororo district;
  • ILI-ACLE updated the training manual with case studies and other practical tools;
  • ILI-ACLE conducted two trainings of Local Council Court members from Iganga, Bushenyi, Sembabule and Tororo for a total of 48 participants trained;
  • ILI-ACLE conducted stakeholders’ forums and question and answer sessions in all districts to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the Local Council Court members and Magistrate Courts, which, by law, have the responsibility to supervise LCCs;
  • ILI-ACLE held stakeholder forums in each district to increase collaboration, buy-in and support for LCCs amongst local level leadership. These forums drew key officials from local government, magistrate courts, CSOs and other community leaders; and
  • ILI-ACLE created a public awareness campaign to sensitize the public on the roles and responsibilities of Local Council Courts in Uganda.

Client: TIRI

Donor: UK Department for International Development

Project Dates: 2009 – 2011

Location: Bushenyi, Iganga, Kitgum, Tororo and Sembabule Districts in Uganda

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