Africa

  • Le Mali vient de faire un pas de géant

    Le Mali vient de faire un pas de géant 02 October 2014

    “Normalement c’est nous qui jugent. Cette fois les citoyens ont nous juger.”

    C’est avec ces mots que le secrétaire général du ministère de la justice du Mali a clôturé une rencontre intensive de deux jours portant sur le projet de rapport de synthèse de l’enquête réalisée par Hill sur les besoins et la satisfaction des Maliens en matière de justice. Presque tous les hauts responsables de la justice du Mali étaient présents : les présidents des juridictions, les directions du ministère, les procureurs, le Médiateur de la République, les leaders de la société civile et le barreau. Le rapport final sera disponible d'ici la fin du mois de septembre.

  • Buckle up! What seat belts can tell us about the rule of law

    Buckle up! What seat belts can tell us about the rule of law 28 August 2014

    Taxis don't speak but they can tell us a lot about a country and its spirit. In Bamako, the capital of Mali, your usual taxi is a 1980s Mercedes. Their shabby looks, grungy radios, funny engine sounds and uncanny odours are revealing about the creativity of Malian taxi drivers and mechanics. One particular feature of driving in Mali is that very few drivers, if any, wear seat belts. Although it is compulsory by law, traffic police officers do not seem to be particularly bothered.

  • Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Mali: from Data to Action

    Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Mali: from Data to Action 26 August 2014

    “Normally it is us who judge. This time the citizens judged us.”

    With those words the secretary-general of the ministry of justice of Mali closed an intensive two-day meeting about the draft overview report of HiiL’s latest Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey. Almost the entire justice leadership of Mali was there: presidents of jurisdictions, ministry directorates, prosecutors, the médiateur du république, civil society leaders, and the bar association. The final report will be available by the end of September.

  • Justice challenges and opportunities: The voices of 3000 Yemenis

    Justice challenges and opportunities: The voices of 3000 Yemenis 07 July 2014

    Yemenis face many justice problems. More than 90% experienced one or more justice problems in the previous 4 years. Crime (mainly theft and violence), neighbourhood disputes, and land disputes rank amongst the most frequently occurring ones. The paths to justice in Yemen are long, windy, and have many dead ends. A little over 20% do nothing to solve their justice needs; they feel it is not worth it to try and that the other, more powerful party will win anyway. At the same time: the capacity to deal with justice problems within one’s own community is impressive and can be built on. Sheiks are seen as cost effective neutrals, but courts provide fairer and more effective outcomes.

  • Working together for Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Working together for Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission 14 October 2013

    Seven main radio broadcasters and one newspaper are being persuaded to collaborate and report upon the TRC's work in the country.

  • Whatsapping youth to vote

    Whatsapping youth to vote 11 October 2013

    Catchy messages motivate urban young to participate in Zimbabwe elections