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 Justice Systems Matter for Development 


A justice system comprises institutions concerned with the peaceful resolution of breaches of law or disputes over citizen rights and obligations. People in all communities aspire to living in a fair society in which power is not exercised arbitrarily and where basic rights are respected. Justice institutions are important in determining the extent to which these societal expectations are realized, including expectations that laws are effectively implemented; and that justice services and processes are fair and accessible to all. :: More  




Second JUSTPAL Conference a Success at The Hague
The World Bank and The Hague Institute for Global Justice hosted the second annual meeting of the Justice Peer-Assisted Learning (JUSTPAL) Network, a cooperative peer-based learning and knowledge sharing resource on justice issues for all countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). :: More 


Bridging Justice Gaps in Brazil
Bridging Justice Gaps in Brazil
On April 17, 2012 the World Bank and Brazil signed a grant agreement (US$450,000 from the Institutional Development Fund - IDF) concerned with improving access to justice in Brazil. The project’s specific objective is to strengthen the capacity of Brazil's National Council for Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça - CNJ) to promote geographic equality and equity in the offering of justice services and to contribute to reducing geographic inequalities, while also promoting equity in the offering of justice services across the federation. This is the World Bank’s first project concerned with supporting the federal justice system in Brazil.
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New Directions in Justice Reform – An Updated World Bank Strategy for Governance and Anti-Corruption

New Directions in Justice Reform – An Updated World Bank Strategy for Governance and Anti-Corruption
On March 27, 2012, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an updated governance and anticorruption strategy, issued under the title, Strengthening Governance, Tackling Corruption: The World Bank Group’s Updated Strategy and Implementation Plan, March 6, 2012. As part of the preparatory process, several companion piece documents were developed to inform the strategy in specific areas important to the Bank’s development mandate. :: More 


Second Afghanistan Justice Sector Project Approved

Approval was given in May 2012 for the second Afghanistan Regional Trust Fund grant project for the justice sector of Afghanistan. Following a US$27 million project approved in June 2008 and completed in December 2011, this successor project is valued at US$85.5 million. Its development objective is to increase access to legal services by the Afghan people, implementing the Government of Afghanistan’s National Priority Program, which is aimed at putting the justice system on a path for long term and sustained improvements in justice service delivery.  :: More  


Court Automation Survey

In an attempt to gather reliable information about the extent to which courts of justice are effectively using information technology for case management, a group of World Bank experts has developed the Court Automation Survey. Using the Survey Monkey online surveying tool, the survey is aimed at gathering information about court automation in such areas as e-filing, document production, virtual court files, the production of automated case statistics and e-publishing of court decisions. The survey is an initiative of JustPAL – the Justice Peer Assisted Learning Network for Europe and Central Asia, which is sponsored by the World Bank :: More 


Azerbaijan Judicial Modernization Project

A s Azerbaijan modernizes its judicial processes, facilities, infrastructure and human capital, the World Bank-financed Azerbaijan Judicial Modernization Project (JMP), approved in 2006, is assisting the judiciary to achieve incremental improvements in efficiency, citizen information and its ability to handle future demand. Financed by two IDA Credits, an IBRD Loan, a Policy and Human Resource Development (PHRD) Grant from Japan and a significant government contribution, the project cost amounts to more than $85 million. :: More 


Bringing Justice to Health Services: The Role of Sierra Leone’s Community Paralegals

The Sierra Leone government provides free health care to pregnant and breast-feeding women, and children under five. Community paralegals are helping to improve health care service delivery by holding the government accountable for breakdowns in the system that lead to absent nurses, improper use fees and “leakage” of drugs.
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Arid Lands Kenya

Towards justice in development
Law and justice play a fundamental role in development processes. In rich and poor countries alike, regulations and rule systems—consisting of a complex web of formal institutions, informal arrangements and hybrid social norms—shape everything from education, land use and agriculture to labor standards, market exchange and everyday social interactions.
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