Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are important conduits for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.
High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances among communities that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
Peace and Justice Network (PJN) Pakistan is a national Rule of Law network with core focus on Goal 16 of Sustainable Development Goal.
PJN GOAL 16 STRATEGY:
TAP NETWORK ADVOCACY: JUSTICE AND THE SDGs TOOLKIT
“Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs” is a toolkit is for civil society, activists, and policy practitioners who are working to promote legal empowerment and access to justice. This toolkit will teach you everything you need to know to enable you to initiate the creation of a national justice plan for your country. It provides a step by step guide to steer you though the entire process: from broadening your understanding of the SDGs and how they can help your advocacy, to how you can hold your government accountable to the justice commitments it has made.
PJN GOAL 16 MONITORING INDICATORS:
- Reforming the existing legal framework comfortably capable of meeting needs of poor and vulnerable people (Short – Medium)
- Number of decisions/resolutions implemented
- Improved service delivery by government department
- District Bar associations are systematically / Institutionally involved in providing legal aid services for clients
- Increase in percentage of people (Disaggregated) who have confidence in police/trade dispute resolution/courts baseline survey
- Number of cases resolved
- Percentage of different types of beneficiaries accessing the legal aid services
- Poor and vulnerable people know that legal advice is available and how to access that advice
- Legal awareness improved enabling communities to decide on different redressed/options / mechanisms available
- Number of women access paralegal for advice
- Number of Knowledge sharing days, 1- Training , 2- Refreshers 3- Mentoring. Essentially all activities that are designed to impact skills and knowledge
- Citizens made aware about how their cases are filed
- Improvement in socio economic status of the client
- Women are strengthened regarding their legal rights
- Percentage of mediators using what they learnt in training. Milestone OCT 2015, Target 70% OCT 2016. Impact assessment shows 69% of mediators use what they learnt in training.
- How did the client benefit from disaggregated or how did the paralegal assistance help the client in accessing justice or resolving problems
- Increase in percentage of people (disaggregated) who have confidence they could find high quality advice and assistance if they have a family/land/administrative problem (Survey)
- Percentage of communities have increased access to formal justice system by 2017
- Women are free to access justice by the end of the project
- Percentage of lawyers are taking probono cases by 2020
- Citizens made aware regarding justice provider institutions and other line department
- Establishment of legal Aid Referral Mechanisms connecting communities with the resource centre
- Number of cases successfully resolved
- Decrease in time paralegal would take to reach legal assistance (Organized/Administrative Data)
- The quality of legal aid and paralegal services is significantly improved. (Based on substantive assessment of case files etc)
- Practically resolve womens problems and give them legal aid
- To delivered of basic legal services
- Average time taken to resolve dispute
- Number of improved social cohesion and reduced number of conflicts
- Number of disputes resolved locally
- Number of gout departments approached and quality of services improved
- Number of Cases Identified
- Number of Domestic violence case repeated
- Number of dispute registered by mediators, Milestone OCT 2015, Target Oct 2016, 80% of mediators kept “active” is registering dispute per quarter.