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Justice sector in Nepal

Partnerships for inclusive justice

This project aimed to strengthen the effectiveness, inclusivity and accountability of the formal justice sector in Nepal. Access to justice is a fundamental human right and basic state service, enshrined in the country's interim constitution. In the transition from conflict to peace, democracy and rule of law, the state must deliver effective, accountable and equitable access to justice. A failure to do so will compound people's frustrations and enable unregulated non-state actors to fill the void. We improved coordination and communication between state and non-state justice providers by developing common principles of justice, clarifying the roles and responsibilities of different actors. We also brought together 'justice facilitation' groups to provide spaces for dialogue, undertake and inform advocacy, and monitor and oversee the provision of justice. We also trained 279 formal and informal justice and security providers from six districts in law, justice, human rights and gender sensitivity. Our justice facilitation groups have begun functioning as watchdogs of the justice sector in six districts, with the aim of developing stronger links between formal and informal justice mechanisms.