SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

IVORY COAST

Reinforcement of the Judiciary and Prison System and Protection of Human Rights

Budget:

€1,472,000

Execution Period:

April 2016 – March 2018 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader, sole agency

Project objective:

–      To reinforce the capacities of the Ivorian National Judicial Training Institute (INFJ), which provides training for judges, court clerks, prison guards and educators; this is equivalent to the combined activity of the four training schools within the French Ministry of Justice (ENM, ENG, ENAP, ENPJJ), on behalf of which JCI is conducting this project,

–      To support the development of the commercial justice system by training consular judges and clerks for the commercial courts,

–       To provide continuing training and training of trainers via a Franco-Ivorian training partnership and exchanges between peers.

Funding:

French Development Agency – Deleveraging and Development Contract

Project Components:

–      Partnership between INFJ and French schools to support the Institute in its organisation and functioning at the structural level.

–      Continuing training and training of trainers,

–       Commercial justice system.

Highlights:

–      Start of activities in April with the deployment of the technical assistant

–      The launch ceremony, and the first steering committee meeting, held in November with the participation of the Director General of JCI, the Director of the ENG, and representatives from other French schools.

Prospects:

–      Organisation of training sessions- 102 over the course of the project,

–      Provision of support for reinforcing governance in the Administration of INFJ,

–      Organisation of study visits to each of the French training schools of the Ministry of Justice,

–      Defining the next stage of C2D for the judicial training field and for the leadership of the new INFJ.

MALI

Capacity building at the Ministry of Justice and primary judicial institutions of Mali

Budget:

€100,000

Execution Period:

October 2015 – October 2016 (12 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader, sole agency

Project objective:

–      To consolidate the rule of law,

–      To ensure equal, impartial and effective justice for all citizens,

–      To build public confidence in the judiciary.

Funding:

France (bilateral project): Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Project Components:

–      Capacity building at the departments of the Ministry of Justice of Mali,

–      Reinforcement of the main judicial institutions: the Judicial Services Inspectorate, the National Judicial Training Institute and the Higher Council of the Judiciary,

–       Reinforcement of the competencies of court staff: training of court administrators in technical preliminary investigations and the preparation and conduct of hearings.

Highlights:

Study visits to the DNAJS (February 2016) and DNAJ (April 2016) in Paris.

Prospects:

–      Study visit of a delegation of trainers to the ENM in Bordeaux in January 2017;

–      Training sessions intended to reinforce the capacity of the administrators of three courts;

–      Support mission for the Malian CSM.

MOROCCO

To reinforce the institutional capacities of the General Delegation of the Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration (DGAPR) of the Kingdom of Morocco

Partners:

Belgium (SPF Justice); Italy (Studiare Sviluppo).

Budget:

€1,500,000

Execution Period:

2018 – 2020 (30 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader

Project objective:

To reinforce the institutional capacities of the General Delegation of the Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration (DGAPR) of the Kingdom of Morocco and the competencies of actors in the prison system.

Funding:

European Union (institutional twinning)

Project Components:

–     Provision of support for the convergence process towards European best practices in training in the prison administration domain:

–     Institutional reinforcement for the DGAPR:

–     Management and training of senior executives:

–     Design of a body of occupational and competency standards;

–     Reinforcement of prison staff skills.

Highlights:

Project results reported in October 2017.

MAURITANIA

Project to Support Democracy and Social Cohesion (“PADCS”)

Partners:

NA

Budget:

€800,000

Execution Period:

Oct. 2017 – Oct. 2019 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader

Project objective:

To contribute to the reinforcement of the rule of law and the relationship between the justice system and persons subject to the jurisdiction of the courts by participating in the improvement of the management and training of the judiciary; to guarantee fair trials in criminal cases; to facilitate the development of a prison policy focused on the rehabilitation and reintegration of detainees and the improvement of detention conditions; to provide support to attorneys and civil society in the exercise of their missions.  

Funding:

AFD

Project Components:

–     HR: HR diagnosis with recommendations; 3 HR training sessions on specific topics to be defined; Language training (French) at the French Alliance for 16 judicial officers, 4 of whom will be sent on a study visit to observe the French judicial system;

–     Fair trial: Diagnosis of trial fairness conditions, coupled with recommendations; 3 law awareness seminars in 2015; 2 training courses on specific topics to be defined; study visits to TTR, JIRS etc. (to be defined) ;

–     Correctional system: Diagnosis of prison administration, coupled with recommendations; 3 training courses on specific topics to be defined;

–     Legal documentation centre: Support for the establishment of a legal documentation centre, study visit to France by a legal documentation librarian; Documentary support;

–     Bar: Support for the organisation of the Moot Court Competition for Human Rights; Drafting of a code of conduct and convening of dissemination workshops; Study visits to the Grenoble and Casablanca Bars;

–     Civil society: 2 civil society training seminars (documentation of cases, institutional communications); study visit.

NIGER

Technical assistance with project management for the implementation of the Support Project for Justice and Security in Niger (AJUSEN) – “Justice” Component

Partners:

SFERE

Budget:

€2,026,322

Execution Period:

September 2017 – March 2021 (42 months)

Position of JCI:

Consortium leader

Project objective:

To reinforce the capacities of judicial actors to effectively combat organised crime and human trafficking. This involves judicialising the fight against the growing insecurity in some areas of the country associated with attacks by Boko Haram, which have been causing population displacement and saturation of the criminal justice system; reinforcing the core services of the Ministry of Justice – which is the project owner and administrator of the criminal justice system as a whole – so as to ensure an appropriate response in the fight against cross-border crime, human trafficking, and illegal trafficking of migrants; and coordinating actions with the internal security forces (police, gendarmerie, national guard and customs services), in particular with a view to reinforcing the links between enquiry, prosecution and investigation phases for court cases.

Funding:

European Union (management delegated to AFD)

Project Components:

–               Reinforcement of the core services of the Ministry of Justice and the justice system, including the accountability/oversight function of the General Judicial and Prison Services Inspectorate (IGSJP)

–               Provision of institutional support to the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons (ANLTP/TIM) and the victims’ compensation fund

–               Reinforcement of the Office for International Penal Cooperation and Mutual Assistance

–               Project Steering and Management

Highlights:

The AJUSEN actions planned:

–          Reinforcement of the core services of the Ministry of Justice and the justice system so that they can contribute more effectively to efforts to combat organised crime;

–          Reinforcement of the ANLTP/TIM in its mission to combat trafficking and assist trafficking victims;

–          Provision of support for the creation of a National criminal asset seizure, freezing and forfeiture agency;

–          Reinforcement of the Office for International Penal Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in its efforts to combat cross-border crime.

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Rehabilitation of the Justice and Police sectors (RESEJEP)

Budget:

€2,850,000 (19.4% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

January 2016 – April 2017 (16 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by CIVIPOL (an agency of the Ministry of the Interior)

Project objective:

–    Consolidation of the administration of the Justice System: institutional support to the independence of the judiciary, training of actors in the Justice System and financial and accounting management for the courts.

–    Reinforcement of the correctional system administration: rehabilitation of prison institutions and training of prison staff;

–    Professionalisation of police forces: rehabilitation of police stations and equipment.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–    Reinforcing the administration of the justice system;

–    Improving the prison system to bring it into compliance with international standards;

–    Professionalising the police forces.

Highlights:

Mobilisation of 19 short-term experts for 398 days of expertise work for purposes of reinforcing: The criminal justice system (Establishment of a sentence enforcement department, and restoration of the criminal records registry at the Superior Court of Bangui, and creating the position of a sentence enforcement judge); The competencies of the General Inspectorate of Judicial Services; The competencies of court staff (training of court administrators, attorneys, clerks and judicial officers); Organisation of a study for the creation of a Judicial Training Institute (drafting of texts to govern its administrative and educational organisation); Training of the first sentence enforcement judges in the Central African Republic.

SENEGAL

Sharing of expertise among peers to strengthen the rule of law: Technical Assistance Component – Program for the Provision of Support to the Reform of the Legal System

Budget:

€1,300,000

Execution Period:

March 2017 – March 2019 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

Project Leader (ENM partner)

Project objective:

To contribute to strengthening the rule of law by improving the administration of justice, efforts to combat corruption and money laundering, and respect for human rights. In particular, increasing the accessibility and effectiveness of justice by strengthening the capacity of the Judicial Training Centre (CFJ) and improving the functioning of the judiciary by providing institutional support to the Ministry of Justice

Funding:

European Union (11th EDF)

Project Components:

– Strengthening the capacity of the Judicial Training Centre (CFJ) in the exercise of its mission to provide initial and continuing training to actors in the sector.

– Developing and diversifying the continuing education program in order to reinforce the skills of actors, in particular of actors within the criminal justice system.

– Improving the operation of the judiciary by providing targeted support and advice to the Ministry of Justice for the management of policy in the sector.

Via the following intervention areas:

·    Improvement of the training of actors and capacity building at the CFJ,

·    Reinforcement of the capacities of the professionals and technical support units within the Ministry in the domain of project planning, monitoring/evaluation, and budget organisation

·    Oversight of computerised legal procedure management systems, effectively operationalising the professional applications set up in the pilot jurisdictions, in particular for criminal case management,

·    Regular and reliable keeping of statistics on court activity, particularly in criminal cases, and the regular transmission and use of such data,

·    Empowering court administrators and strengthening their management capacities, in connection with specific support provided to the Judicial Services Directorate and the General Judicial Administration Inspectorate,

·    Coordination among the different actors in the criminal justice system at all stages of the proceedings,

·    Reinforcement of the control apparatus for corruption and money-laundering