Safety, security and access to justice
This topic guide provides an introduction to development assistance in the justice sector, framed around DFID's approach to 'safety, security and access to justice'. This approach is part of DFID's wider governance strategy of 'making government work for poor people'.
As well as being an important aim in itself, an accessible and effective justice sector is essential for development in a number of ways. Security of property and protection of assets are vital to support the livelihoods of the poor. Access to legal protection can help the poor resolve disputes, and secure their rights to engage in political processes and access services. In addition, effective justice institutions can form part of the enabling environment for economic growth.
The first few pages outline DFID and other donors' policies and activities in the justice sector. The 'Safety and security' page provides resources on crime prevention, victim support, and effective policing. The 'Access to justice' page covers legal empowerment and legal and judicial reform. This is followed by pages on non-state justice and security systems, penal reform and monitoring and evaluation of justice sector reform.
Users of this page may also find it helpful to refer to this topic guide in conjunction with the page on Security Sector Reform in the GRC Exchange's Conflict topic guide.
For more documents on any of the topics listed here, you can search by 'free text' on the GRC Exchange Information Database
This topic guide was prepared by Jo Crichton. The GRC Exchange appreciates the contributions of Jane Alexander at DFID, and Stephen Golub, who teaches International Development and Law at Boalt Hall Law School of the University of California at Berkeley. Comments, questions or documents for consideration should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org