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Expert meeting ‘Supporting primary justice in insecure contexts: South Sudan and Afghanistan’

Monday 27 June 2016
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden
B 104

Our NWO/WOTRO-funded research project on ‘Supporting primary justice in insecure contexts: South Sudan and Afghanistan’ is nearing completion. We (Cordaid and VVI) are therefore organising an expert meeting to present and discuss our findings and to gather input from experts on recommendations that we are formulating for future programming in the field of justice and security, based on ‘elements that work’.

In our socio-legal research we have explored people’s justice concerns and experiences in the fragile contexts of South Sudan (Western Equatoria State) and Afghanistan (Istalif and Behsud). The research design and implementation were done in cooperation with local researchers from the Justice and Peace Commission Yambio and The Liaison Office (TLO) in Kabul. The research looked at both state and non-state justice providers and the linkages that exist between the two categories. Because the longer-term vision of the project is to further and facilitate the emergence of accessible ‘primary justice’ systems at local levels, we are especially interested in discussing the ‘elements that work’ in contexts of prolonged insecurity. This means that our expert meeting will be geared towards formulating points of departure for development programming. Although South Sudan and Afghanistan are different in many regards, it is worth exploring similarities as well as lessons that can be learnt in a South-South exchange.

Organizers: VVI and Cordaid


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