Support to JLOS Strategic Investment Plan SIP III - 2015/16-2016/17
Austria has supported Uganda’s Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) since the early 1990s and uses a sector wide financing modality since 2002. It will continue funding JLOS in the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17 and thus contributes to reforming the sector (17 institutions, e.g. Police, the Judiciary, Prisons, Human Rights Commission).
Investments in the sector are based on the JLOS Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) III (2012/13–2016/17), which is based on the National Development Plan. The overall goal of JLOS based on SIP III is promoting the rule of law and aspiring to ensure that 70% of the population are satisfied with JLOS services and that public confidence in the justice system is increased from 34% in 2008 to 50% in 2017.
The SIP III defines three outcomes:
1: Policy, legislative and regulatory framework strengthened.
2: Access to JLOS services particularly for vulnerable persons enhanced
3: Observance of human rights and accountability promoted
The SIP III includes gender justice, justice for children, transitional justice, HIV/Aids and land as issues of priority. Over the last years JLOS has implemented law reforms, strengthened institutions, improved infrastructure (especially in Northern Uganda) and decentralised services.
Expected results by June 2017 are f. ex.
- further reducing the average length of stay on remand (10 months for capital offences and 2 months for non capital offences),
- increasing access to justice (complete chain of JLOS institutions available in 60 districts serving approx. 18.5 mio. people),
- welfare of prison inmates, enhancing the number of police units with a human rights committee, promote the human rights observance in all JLOS institutions (human rights committees in all 246 prisons; 6000 prisoners engaged in rehabilitation programmes, etc.).