In the justice sector, programmes often continue to
transplant foreign models, parallel implementation units are the norm, and
local ownership is often understood in terms of support for donor programmes,
rather than locally-led reform initiatives. This is out of step with
international debates on aid effectiveness and cutting edge approaches to
institutional reform. Indeed, given that justice is concerned with
fundamentally political issues – such as the norms and standards that govern a
society, and how power is regulated – it is perhaps surprising that development
programming in this sector has often been viewed as overly technical and
apolitical in approach.
This workshop brought together various organisations and
individuals working across sectors to consider what context relevant,
politically aware and iterative programming in the justice sector might look
Read Lisa Denney and Erika Kirwen's paper for Just Development, Politically smart and locally led justice programming: Learning from other sectors.