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Access to Security and Justice Programme Grant 2011-2014

Access to Security and Justice Programme Grant 2011-2014

“Department for International Development (DFID) renews its commitment to supporting the Security and Justice Sectors in Sierra Leone”

3 June, 2011 – The Government of Sierra Leone represented by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acting through the Department for International Development (“DFID”) signifying the continued collaboration between the two governments in the area of security and justice service delivery. DFID, in the MoU has committed a total of £19,400.00 million (nineteen million, four hundred Pounds Sterling) to support the Access to Security and Justice Programme which will run from 2011-2014.

The three key outputs to be supported under this DFID programme are; “Accelerating Equitable Security and Justice, Community Empowerment and Mobilization and Accountability and Oversight.” These outputs firmly support the key Outcomes within the Governments Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Investment Plan which sets out the government’s policy for interventions within the sector in line with the Government of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Change. These Outputs are:

Justice is accessible locally
Justice is expedited and
Rights and Accountability are respected

According to Mr. Dominic O’Neill, Head, DFID Sierra Leone’ “the UK Government remains committed to supporting the security and justice sectors in Sierra Leone as it has done since the end of the civil war and  will continue to provide support to this and other areas of priority to the Government”.  In his response, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Franklyn B. Kargbo stated that “The Government of Sierra Leone remains dedicated towards improving access to justice for the people of Sierra Leone and this new DFID programme will further aid our government’s interventions in this area.”

The new programme is expected to start in September 2011 and will be a successor programme to the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) which is due to finish in August 2011.

From the Chambers of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice

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