Germany launches access to justice programme
By NOEL IYOMBWA
THE German Embassy has launched the Enabling access to justice programme aimed at improving the Zambian access to accountable institutions.
Speaking during the launch, Justice minister Mulambo Haimbe said that enhances access to justice is a key intervention and important for addressing discrimination and abuse of human rights.
Mr Haimbe is hopeful that the new EnAct will not only continue to strengthen collaboration with the Germany Development commission but also engagement with key stakeholders and bring development closer to the Zambian people.
He said that civil societies remain an essential building block of development and national cohesion.
The minister explained that civil societies are a source of information for citizens as well as government.
Germany Embassy Head of Corporation Christoph Ritz said that the organisation aims at improving the Zambian population access to accountable institutions to justice and to transparent government decision making process.
He said that the program is a core part of the governance portfolio of the Germany Development cooperation which also focuses on support to decentralization and public financial management.
Mr Ritz explained that this was a four year programme with a financial contribution of K260 million .
He noted that EnAct will build on the achievements of the predecessor programme Civil Society Participation and Programme for Legal Empowerment and Enhanced Justic Delivery which ran from 2015 to July 2021.
Mr Ritz noted that the key achievements of CSPP and PLEED included increased accesses to legal aid services and human rights awareness through establishment of legal help desks.