Somaliland’s judiciary and justice sector continue to face difficulties in implementing their mandates. In particular, there remains a need to expand the reach and awareness of the formal justice sector to rural towns and villages; to improve legal skills and training; and to address the gender disparity within the judicial system. These foundational challenges prevent the public from accessing formal justice, and the justice sector from providing quality and efficient services to the public. To successfully address these challenges and create long-term change, Somaliland institutions must have the necessary data to determine where the international community should invest.
Horizon conducted a seven-and-a-half-month baseline study designed to identify in partnership with Somaliland’s judiciary and justice institutions strategic and lasting solutions to these challenges through investment opportunities that integrate human rights, institution strengthening and locally driven development.
Download and read the report here: Baseline Study Report
This project was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Ministry of Justice Workshop
In April 2017, Horizon conducted a two-day workshop for Somaliland’s Ministry of Justice, led by senior Somali human resources expert, Suleiman Elmi. The workshop aided participants in the process of creating action plans with clear steps to ensure successful implementation of desired objectives.
The purpose of the workshop was to help the MoJ to, identify challenges facing the Legal Aid and Public Defender Programs, propose solutions and develop a plan of action to address challenges and identify the areas where capacity building is needed.
The workshop provided the opportunity for regional representatives to work together, discuss legal aid in their regions as well as propose solutions with clear action points and targets to be met.