By Elias Hakizimana.
Four Civil Society Organizations have pledged to help the justice sector of Rwanda deliver good and effective justice services to the citizens through a new Rwf1.4bn Netherland Funded programme.
These organizations that include Health Development Initiatives (HDI), Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and health promotion (RNGOF), Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization (IMRO) and Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD) with the justice sector were gathered in Kigali on Tuesday in a thematic working group in charge of policy issues to discuss current challenges and suggest improvements for effective justice service delivery.
CSOs mentioned some threats that hinder quality provision of services saying that working in isolation is the major one.
“We need to ensure collaboration to have effectiveness of our work and play a leading role in policy making, law development process and involve different stakeholders to ensure policies are being enacted. We will be engaging citizens and we will support Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order Sector Strategy (JRLOS) in delivery of justice services,” Said Rusimbi, an official from RNGOF.
Theoneste Harolimana from GLIGH justice sector coordinator said that they were working in isolation and have committed to work together so that the problems are solved.
“We also need to engage local authorities to help us implement the initiatives from the grassroots level. We will get to know all CSOs in justice sector and encourage them to come together to ease the communication and collaboration,” he said.
“We want to explain our activities to the citizens and show them our contribution to the community development through justice, we want to collaborate and share expertise from each other,” said Dr Aflodis Kagaba, Executive Director of HDI.
Anastase Nabahire, the coordinator of Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order Sector Strategy (JRLOS) at Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) welcomed the initiative as a catalyst to bring changes in justice sector service delivery.
“We salute this initiative on behalf of government, ministry of justice, justice sector secretariat, we are very happy to have you and we expect having positive outcomes from this meeting. We have to know where we are weak, we are weak in exchanging information and we have to look for solutions together,” Nabahire said.
He said that the role of CSOs is highlighted in justice sector’s strategic plan and that their projects must be embedded into this document.
Nabahire advised CSOs to collaborate and have truth in budget mobilization and use, through a quantified framework.
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