Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Uganda

With almost 35 million inhabitants, Ugandan population has doubled since 1990. Rapid demographic changes challenge justice institutions, which need to provide services to a growing amount of people. Informal institutions, such as the Local Council Courts, play an important role to give affordable justice to those who need it.

Partner(s)

Embassy of Sweden in Uganda,
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Year

2015-2017

Country

Uganda

Person in charge

Dr. Martin Gramatikov

The most salient finding in the first Justice Needs and Satisfaction (JNS) survey from 2016 is that people engage the Local Council Courts (LCCs) to solve their family problems.

The project started in 2015 and provides justice delivery actors – from the formal and the informal system – with effective ways to improve their justice strategies around the areas where Uganda’s citizens feel the most need. This project reinforces a bottom-up approach and knowledge to the supply and the demand of justice.

We explore the role of LCCs more in depth in our Family Justice Report, which, through a mixed-methods approach, including quantitative data from the survey and in-depth interviews with members of LCCs.

HiiL has been working on this project together with ACORD (Agency for Research & Development) Uganda, and The Justice, Law and Order sector (JLOS).

Data is now available in the Justice Dashboard.

6000

randomly selected adults in Uganda interviewed

70

in depth interviews conducted specifically on land and family rights

18

interested parties mobilized around family justice