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Taking a people-centred approach to delivering on SDG 16.3: Report of the Task Force on Justice

20 June 2019

Sustainable Development Goal 16.3 promises to ensure equal access to justice for all by 2030. Without increased justice, the world will not be able to end poverty, reduce inequality, reach the furthest behind, create conditions for shared and sustainable development, or promote peace and inclusion.

Currently, 5.1 billion people – two-thirds of the world’s population – lack meaningful access to justice, with women, children, the poor, people with disabilities and minority ethnic groups disproportionately affected. In low-income countries, it would cost just $20 per person to provide access to basic justice services. Yet, two billion people live in countries that cannot afford even half that cost. At the same time, donor investment in justice has declined by 40 percent over the past four years and just 1.5 percent of official development assistance is spent on justice in fragile contexts. 

It is clear that closing the justice gap requires a transformation in ambition, with both development and foreign policy communities engaged, alongside the private sector. It requires confronting political obstacles to change and moving beyond a focus on institutions that are distant from people and fail to serve their needs.

David Steven, Associate Director of the Center for International Cooperation at New York University and Head of the Secretariat of the Task Force on Justice – an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies discussed the findings of the Task Force’s report on taking a different approach to delivering on SDG 16.3 by putting people at the centre of justice systems and justice at the heart of sustainable development. Click HERE to view the presentation.

Community Officer with local youths, Makira province, Solomon Islands, supported by J4P’s Community Governance and Grievance Management Project

Reflections and insights from the J4P Program

9 May 2019

Justice for the Poor (J4P) began more than ten years ago as an experimental program that aimed to address critical gaps in the theory and practice of promoting justice reform in developing countries.  In particular, the program looked beyond technical forms of justice sector institutions to engage with the broader ‘rules of the game’ that shape how people in fact experience dispute resolution, claim their rights and pursue their interests. Recognizing that all development is ultimately about the distribution of rights, resources and responsibilities, and is inherently conflictual, the program focused on the role of law and norms in shaping the effectiveness and fairness of outcomes related to security and justice, development of land and natural resources, and service delivery.  With support from DFAT, J4P supported analytical and operational engagements in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. In addition, the program engaged in Cambodia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Liberia.  The program was also influential in shaping World Development Reports: in 2006, Equity; in 2011, Conflict, Security and Development; in 2012, Gender; and 2017, Governance and the Law.

This session will feature an open conversation, moderated by Veronica Taylor, with World Bank staff involved with J4P and counterparts from Australian government and academia to reflect on the principles, engagements and lessons of the program. It will examine the evolution of the program’s conceptual foundation, the efforts to put this in practice, and emerging applications in justice, governance and social development programming. It will also launch and on-line repository of J4P program materials. Presentation available here.


Access to Justice & the Rule of Law in Myanmar

14 March 2019

Amidst the ongoing uncertainties of Myanmar’s political transition and efforts to build peace, rule of law rhetoric continues to dominate public debate, despite a broad silence around acknowledging both past and ongoing impunity and injustice. The MyJustice programme has sought to navigate the space in between, working to provoke public discussion and support community justice initiatives, and prompting policy-makers to take account of evidence of local realities.  Caitlin Reiger presentation here.


Law & Justice Community of Practice Annual Workshop

23 November 2018

Community of Practice Annual Workshop 23 November 2018, Canberra

  • Agenda (PDF)

  • Plenary 1: Looking Forward, Looking Back [PDF] - Marcus Cox - Director, Agulhas Consulting / UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact 

  • Plenary 2: Problem Solving and Adaptive Management 

    • Nicola Follis, Regional Partner, Asia Pacific, Palladium

    • Nicola Nixon, Director, Governance, The Asia Foundation

  • Thematic Session 2: Practising Support for Regulation and Business [Audio] [Zoom Video]

    • Dominique Ogilvie – Acting Director, AANZFTA Competition Law Implementation Program, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [PDF Presentation]

    • Rachel Burgess – Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland [PDF Presentation]

    • Melinda Thet Tun - Advisor - Corporate and Insolvency Reform, Myanmar [PDF Presentation]

  • Thematic Session 3: Access to Justice and the Pacific: What next? [Audio] [Zoom Video]

    • Cate Sumner - Director, Law & Development Partners [Presentation]

    • Joanne Choe - Regional Manager, Pacific, Cardno [PDF Presentation]

    • Rose Kaybing - Senior Legal Officer, Department of Police, Corrective Services and Justice and Office of the Principal Legal Officer - Autonomous Bougainville Government, Papua New Guinea

  • Thematic Session 4: Anti-corruption: gender and next generation approaches  [Audio] [Zoom Video]

    • Judhi Kristantini -Anticorruption Lead, Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice

    • Craig Ewers - Team Leader, Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice 

    • Grant Walton - Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy ANU [PDF Presentation]


Community of Practice Jakarta Workshop

4-5 December 2018

Community of Practice Workshop 4-5 December 2018, Jakarta

Linking Knowledge, Policy and Practice: Implementation of Restorative Justice in Indonesia and Australia

Agenda [PDF]

Day 1

  • Session 1 - Restorative Justice Perspective and Development in Indonesia

    • Positioning Restorative Justice in Indonesian Legal Reform Prof. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, Universitas Indonesia

    • Australia’s Experience in Implementing Restorative Justice [Presentation] Prof. John Braithwaite, Australia National University

  • Session 2 - Penal Mediation, Deferred Prosecution, and non-custodial sentencing

  • Prospect of Implementation of Restorative Justice in victimless crime [Presentation] Dr. Simplex Asa, Universitas Nusa Cendana, NTT 

  • Application of Restorative Justice in the Juvenile Criminal Justice System (SPPA) [Presentation] Dr. Sulastri Dewi – Hakim Pengadilan Tinggi Lampung/Anggota Kelompok Kerja

  • Opportunity for the implementation of Restorative Justice in the existing Indonesian Criminal Justice System  [Presentation]  Arsil – Institute for Study and Advocacy for Independence of the Judiciary (LeIP)

Day 2

  • Session 3 - Repairing Communities Through Restorative Justice System

    • Restorative Justice in Domestic and Sexual Violence [Presentation] Azriana Manalu – Ketua Komnas Perempuan

    • Restorative Justice practices in community based adat / customary law [Presentation] Lalu Mariyun – Ketua Bale Mediasi Nusa Tenggara Barat

Community of Practice Roundtable

Community of Practice Pilot Workshop - 15 November 2016, Canberra