Suva, Fiji - European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed the Delegation Agreement on the implementation of the Project, Fiji Access to Justice. The USD 9.2 million project, Fiji Access to Justice is funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP for the period 2016 to 2020. This Agreement between EU and UNDP follows on from the Fiji Access to Justice Project Launch undertaken on 29 August 2016 which included the Fijian Government and the EU signing the Financing Agreement for the project.
The Fiji Access to Justice Project will support access to justice for impoverished and vulnerable groups through empowering people to access legal rights and services through the relevant key justice institutions, in conjunction with strengthening those key justice institutions to undertake improved service delivery.
The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs said that UNDP had built up a robust relationship with the Government through the implementation of a range of programmes that contribute to effective governance, and therefore UNDP is a natural partner of the European Union for this Access to Justice Project.
UNDP Resident Representative Osnat Lubrani acknowledged the partnership between the EU and UNDP that exist around the world to support countries to deliver development outcomes. “In relation to Fiji, I commend the leadership of the EU to provide such significant support to this very important sector”, she added.
The Legal Aid Commission and the Judicial Department have been identified as the two key justice institutions entry points for access to justice, along with links to other institutions, and will be strengthened under this project. Non-governmental organizations will also be strengthened under this project to deliver accompaniment access to justice services, particularly for impoverished and vulnerable groups.
The Fiji Access to Justice Project supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals which highlight the importance of access to justice as both an enabler for development and an outcome of development in its own right. The project is specifically linked to Goal 16 through promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, and Goal 5 through achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
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