J4P Launches Second Phase of Programming in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste
J4P is entering new phases of programming in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. In Vanuatu, the program will continue to focus on land and natural resource governance with project components that will (1) work to ensure that dealings in land have more equitable and durable outcomes for landholders, (2) support the development of strategies for more participatory and transparent engagement with communities in infrastructure projects and (3) contribute to more inclusive dialogue on urban land governance. In Solomon Islands, the next phase of the program will (1) expand access to justice through pilot support to community officers and work to forge a consensus around local level justice reforms, (2) pilot models of advisory services to parties negotiating agreements over land and natural resources and (3) support a government taskforce on urban public land governance. In Timor-Leste, the J4P team will (1) work to develop mechanisms to manage potential conflict and grievance arising from large-scale infrastructure development, (2) support the effective implementation of the land law and (3) begin an evidence-based policy debate around urban land governance. For more information about J4P activities at the country level, please visit www.worldbank.org/justiceforthepoor.
J4P Completes Mid-Term Review
In January, the J4P program completed a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its East Asia and Pacific Regional Program which is implemented in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The MTR reviewed program experiences to date and lays out a next phase of work in the region that focuses on three key operational areas: Access to Justice, Equity and Conflict Management in Service Delivery, and Land and Natural Resource Governance. For more information on the MTR or the next phase of regional programming please contact Deborah Isser.
Opportunities and Challenges in Establishing a New System for Provision of Legal Aid
In November 2011, Indonesia enacted a new Legal Aid Law which sets out a broad framework for the unified provision of state-funded legal aid services. In-court and out-of-court activities addressing criminal, civil and administrative matters may be funded, with services delivered by accredited providers including legal aid organizations, bar associations and university legal clinics. The J4P program, in partnership with local NGOs Percik, Bakti, and the Indonesian Paralegal Network, sponsored a series of three regional workshops during February to facilitate stakeholder input into the implementation arrangements for the new Law. The workshops brought together legal aid and paralegal organizations from across the country, representatives of the courts and police, along with representatives of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights who are responsible for overseeing implementation of the Law. Key issues discussed included how to identify and accredit suitable legal aid providers, how to channel funding to providers through an efficient and transparent mechanism and how to ensure that providers of different types of legal services work together effectively to create a comprehensive system of legal aid. For more information please contact Sonja Litz.
Delivering Advisory Services to Landholders
In February, the Vanuatu Land Governance Committee endorsed Jastis Blong Evriwan’s (Justice for the Poor’s program in Vanuatu) proposal to support the provision of advisory services to landholders. The project will respond to landholders' need for advice in order to make informed decisions about land dealings. Access to better advice is intended to mitigate potential conflict by reducing inequities which emerge from poorly informed deal making processes, and by channeling grievances from existing land dealings into peaceful resolution. The project will focus on (1) developing innovative approaches for the effective delivery of the service; and (2) identifying and supporting legitimate, effective and sustainable structures for the provision of advisory services to landholders. The project will take a participatory design approach to ensure input from communities, civil society organizations, government departments, academic institutions and private sector actors. For more information please contact Milena Stefanova.
Supporting Demand-Side Governance in Sierra Leone
The World Bank in Sierra Leone is working to strengthen demand for good governance (DFGG) – enabling citizens and other non-state actors to demand better services and accountability from the state. The J4P program supports these efforts through (1) technical assistance to the Government of Sierra Leone on the implementation of accountability mechanisms for the delivery of services under the country’s decentralized governance structure, (2) exploring means of engaging paralegals to improve accountability for government health service delivery and (3) conducting a review of active DFGG mechanisms in the World Bank portfolio. For more information please contact Nicholas Menzies.
Launch of the Global Legal Empowerment Network
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. The Network, hosted by the new legal empowerment organization Namati (www.namati.org), provides a forum for those committed to legal empowerment — community paralegals, concerned citizens, NGOs, development agencies, public interest lawyers, journalists, government officials — to share tools and information. The network grows out of several years of discussion among legal empowerment practitioners, convened with the help of the Open Society Justice Initiative and the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor Program and is a forum for learning from one another, and for building a broader, stronger legal empowerment movement. For more information please contact Peter Chapman or join the Network here: www.namati.org/network/.