ASF in the Central African Republic

  • Location: 1 central office in Bangui
  • Date of establishment: 2015
  • Team: 1 expatriate and 2 local collaborators

Background

The many political and military crises that have affected the Central African Republic (CAR) have for decades been undermining the establishment of the rule of law. Justice, perceived as arbitrary and not independent by a majority of the population, is faced with enormous challenges. In this extremely volatile context, ASF is launching the foundations for collaborative thinking between stakeholders of justice, on the construction of a national legal aid system, while allowing persons in vulnerable situations to benefit from quality legal aid services.

ASF projects in CAR

Improving access to justice for people in vulnerable situations

  • Objectives: To improve the effective exercise of rights on the part of the population and access to quality justice.
  • Activities:
    – Popularisation and awareness-raising of the law aimed at the population of Bangui and stakeholders of the justice system ;
    – Technical and financial support for civil society organisations to revive the minimum services of legal aid ;
    – Support for public hearings regarding birth registration ;
    – Strengthening the capacity of lawyers (training on how to support people in vulnerable situations) and members of civil society (transfer of methodologies and tools, training of trainers at the bar, etc.) ;
    – Support for the coordination of legal aid stakeholders (Ministry of Justice, the bar, court bailiffs, civil society organisations, judicial actors, etc.).
  • Budget: € 352.030
  • Funding: European Union (€ 300.000)
  • Duration: 24 months (24/12/2014 > 23/12/2016)
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