The Foundation works in close collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the Wabag District Development Authority (DDA), reaching out to rural communities.
The Foundation focuses on supporting the local population and grassroots organizations. This approach is necessary because this is how real and transformative change happens.
This initiative, with the support of Minister Tom, the Wabag District Development Authority and other local organizations, improves accessibility for better access to local justice services.
In order to be successful, thanks to the generous partnership with the EU, the Tribal Foundation has carried out a number of programs in these vital areas. They include the provision of “formal village court training” to village and district court officials and police officers.
This training focuses on human rights, crime prevention, alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on key laws and good dispute resolution. Wabag neighborhood development committees have been trained on their roles and responsibilities. Neighborhood recorders were trained in establishing neighborhood books for local governments for data collection, research and evidence-building.
Tribal Foundation project coordinator Tommy Aiok explains the importance of these projects and strategically important partnerships.
“We are grateful to the EU, and to the leadership of Minister Dr Tom, for having successfully implemented most of the programs over the past two or three years. Rural communities have better access to legal and justice sector services through capacity building programs carried out at the community level, ”Aiok said.
He said that, supported by the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG), the Foundation has improved the capacity of village courts and local and district courts, training their officers in SARV, rights of the man and crime prevention.
“The positive feedback from participants convinced us that this training is extremely useful. A number of village court officials told us that they had never attended a similar training program for over 40 years, ”Aiok said.
He said the importance of this program is to improve accessibility to legal and community justice services. The DJAG and other law and justice sector organizations provided the learning materials.
The Tribal Foundation has also worked with other government agencies and institutions such as the Ministry of Government Affairs at the provincial and local level, providing training for LLG Neighborhood Councilors and Neighborhood Recorders.
“We realized that most of the neighborhood councilors do not know their roles and responsibilities under LLG and other laws that apply to them in terms of resolving disputes and maintaining harmony and peace. within neighborhoods or local communities.
“This program was a revelation for the majority of the 64 ward councilors in Wabag district, who previously lacked any level of formal training. “