Access to Justice Initiatives

Access to Justice Initiative

Access to Justice Initiative (4)

Rule of Law Strengthening in Malakand

SRLM is a holistic programme designed for improving rule of law, security and the justice sector in accordance with the recommendations of the Government of Pakistan’s peace and development strategy for Malakand i.e. PCNA and Malakand Strategy 2009. The programme aimed at reforming the justice sector by ensuring “Rule of Law for all” by including grass roots communities in its interventions. SRSP partnered with UNDP in October 2012 to implement the pilot SRLM project in Malakand division). At the conclusion of the project (November, 2013), it had reached 85 union councils in all 7 districts of Malakand Division. Trained paralegals facilitated UNDP-SRLM’s other partners in conducting community level events, legal aid clinics and other events in their communities (in total, 496 events were facilitated). SRSP facilitated the organization of 40 Musalihati Jirgas and persuaded the Local Government to include 2 females in each Jirga and a wide range of activities (360 in total) were conducted in coordination with the Local Government. In addition, 26 review meetings and field visits were organized for the Assistant Director. 6 BCC (Behavior Change Communication) campaigns and 9 community assemblies were held. In total, 2592 people attended sensitization sessions throughout the programme. SRLM is a holistic programme designed for improving rule of law, security and the justice sector in accordance with the recommendations of the Government of Pakistan’s peace and development strategy for Malakand i.e. PCNA and Malakand Strategy 2009. The programme aimed at reforming the justice sector by ensuring “Rule of Law for all” by including grass roots communities in its interventions. SRSP partnered with UNDP in October 2012 to implement the pilot SRLM project in Malakand division). At the conclusion of the project (November, 2013), it had reached 85 union councils in all 7 districts of Malakand Division. Trained paralegals facilitated UNDP-SRLM’s other partners in conducting community level events, legal aid clinics and other events in their communities (in total, 496 events were facilitated). SRSP facilitated the organization of 40 Musalihati Jirgas and persuaded the Local Government to include 2 females in each Jirga and a wide range of activities (360 in total) were conducted in coordination with the Local Government. In addition, 26 review meetings and field visits were organized for the Assistant Director. 6 BCC (Behavior Change Communication) campaigns and 9 community assemblies were held. In total, 2592 people attended sensitization sessions throughout the programme.

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Aitebaar Awareness Raising

The Awareness Raising project is the foundation of Aitebaar Programme. Its main aim is to build the capacity of the community through Awareness Raising. Increased knowledge about institutional structures and grievance redressal mechanisms will enable the community to solve issues effectively, but according to laws and regulations. This is first time that community organizations have been initiated in an urban area in Peshawar, and is also a learning experience for SRSP. Overall, 7972 households have been given AR sessions (4523 male, 3449 female), 12 Beat Level-Organizations (BLO’s) have been formed (7 female, 5 male), and 50 Community Activists have been trained (27 female, 23 male) to solve issues at street level and strengthen coordination between Police and the local community to improve the eradication of crimes, and maintain the observance of peace and stability.

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Aitebaar Alternate Dispute Resolution

Alternate Dispute ResolutionThe Alternate Dispute Resolution Project started in June 2014 and is a component of the Aitebaar Programme funded by Coffey International. The main aim of ADR is to improve access to Informal Justice by focusing on strengthening local and accessible informal justice mechanisms, and developing linkages between the formal and informal justice forums. The ADR team has helped to identify and train Local Community Mediators from the Catchment Areas of Gulbahar, Faqirabad and University Town. In total, 206 Local Community Mediators were identified from the catchment areas. Of these, 125 mediators (104 male, 21 female) have been trained in collaboration with Aitebaar.

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Legal Empowerment Project

SRSP is implementing “Legal Empowerment Project” in collaboration with technical and financial assistance from “Foundation Open Society Institute Pakistan” since November 2011.  Phase 1 of the project was a comprehensive needs assessment in order to understand the Justice needs of local population. Phase 2 was initiated in July 2012 in light of the assessment and RSPs community institutions model. The project aims to “Strengthen the capacity of the disadvantaged communities to protect their rights and to participate in and hold accountable public institutions" by providing free legal aid, conducting awareness raising sessions, provision of grass roots legal services through paralegals and encouraging citizen-state interaction. Around 9000 members of SRSPs organized communities have attended awareness raising sessions under LEP encompassing different topics such as: women rights, inheritance and family laws, legal identity (civil documentation procedures) etc.  53 community activists have completed training and are ready to serve their communities as community based paralegals. A resource pool of trained master trainers has been developed and SRSP workers who have completed the course are now providing their services for similar trainings under other projects as well. 4044 individuals were facilitated in obtaining various types of legal identity documents. Since July 2012 the LEP team has facilitated communities in resolving 124 different types of cases either through mediation, litigation or negotiation. In some cases the team was directly involved in mediation and some cases were referred to Jirgas and other Legal Aid Organization.

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