UNDP supports legal and justice delivery in GhanaJun 17, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has held a two day validation workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department (MoJAGD) and criminal justice institutions in Ghana.
The workshop which was held in Accra was to allow implementing partners review and make recommendations to knowledge products presented by consultants.
“I have followed the work of the consultants keenly and I hope the knowledge products coming out of these consultancies will be used by the institutions and not kept on the shelves to gather dust”, said Mr. Suleiman Ahmed, Chief Director, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General in his welcome address. “I urge all the heads to adopt the monitoring and evaluation systems incorporated in the new processes to ensure these products are used and reviewed consistently so they remain relevant,”
In her address, UNDP Governance Analyst, Nana Chinbuah said the success of the legal and justice sector reform programme depends on coordinated and concerted efforts of beneficiary institutions, development partners and government to achieve planned outcomes.
The knowledge products made for the Ministry of Justice and the criminal justice institutions include Standard Operating Procedures, a Training Plan, a Training Needs Assessment, Change Management Strategy and an Implementation Roadmap.
This initiative comes on the heel of a A 2012 baseline survey of the justice sector in Ghana in which, found, majority of stakeholders rated the level of transparency and the speed of the processes and proceedings in the formal justice system very low. In that survey, most reforms proposed by the stakeholders were to improve access to and quality of justice delivery in the formal and informal justice systems.
In the past, most justice sector reforms targeted the judiciary and the Judicial Service of Ghana. These reform efforts had been largely uncoordinated.
To address these issues, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department partnered with UNDP to develop targeted reforms aimed at improving the quality of legal service and justice delivery. Following the validation workshop, stakeholders will implement the knowledge products to enhance their human resource capacities.
The workshop was attended by 70 participants drawn from the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, Ministry of the Interior, Ghana Police Service (Legal & Prosecutions, and Investigations); Ghana Prisons Service (Legal/Remand); Judicial Service of Ghana (JS); Legal Service Civil Division (LSCD), Legal Service Legislative Drafting Division (LSLD), and Legal Service Public Prosecution Division (LSPD); and MOJAGD agencies: Council for Law Reporting (CLR); Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO); Legal Aid Scheme (LAS); and Law Reform Commission(LRC).