Uganda has been taking the lead in developing a
sectoral approach to reform of its justice sector with the support of a
consortium of donors.
In 2004, the lead donors (the Netherlands and
Ireland) commissioned the mid-term evaluation of Uganda’s justice
reform programme from IHRN in partnership with Nordic Consulting Uganda
Ltd. IHRN's East Africa office continues to be actively engaged in
Uganda's justice sector reform, led by Ms Allen Asiimwe.
The mid-term evaluation (MTE) team comprised Allen
Asiimwe, David Greene, Karen Kenny (team leader), and Stella Mukasa
together with Christian Eldon as resource person to analyse the sector
from a human rights based perspective. The stakeholders decided to make
the evaluation report public and both Volume I (PDF file 1,816KB) and Volume II (PDF file 470KB) are available from 2005.
Background: In 2000 with a
commitment to reform articulated as official Government policy, some
ten institutions in the justice sector began work to foster
partnerships with the private sector, NGOs and donors to develop the
reform programme in detail. In addition, an institutional framework and
a Secretariat was established to develop the strategic investment plan
with a work plan for the medium-term.
The J/LOS Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) was
finalized and launched in 2001. The overall mission is “to enable all
people to live in a safe and just society”. The Plan aims to improve
the administration of justice through co-ordinated planning and
budgeting of all sector institutions. In the medium term, the reform
prioritises criminal justice sub-sector and commercial justice.
The J/LOS is comprised of over ten institutions dealing with administration of justice including two ministries:
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (Lead Institution)
Ministry of Internal Affairs including:
Directorate of Public Prosecutions
Judicial Service Commission
Uganda Law Reform Commission
Ministry of Local Government- Local Council Courts
Ministry of Gender- Probation Department.
Information regarding J/LOS can be obtained at http://www.jlos.go.ug/