ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROGRAM

Since 2019, Weka Organisation has been implementing the access to justice program. The program objective is to increase sustainable access to justice for marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations in Democratic Republic of Congo. This is aimed at improving their wellbeing.

Through this program, Weka Organisation is interested in improving the quality of access to justice for our target constituencies and as such, strategies employed under this program are aimed at contributing to improving the quality of our services. Weka Organisation’s legal aid clinic is strengthened to provide more support and to follow up on cases. For greater impact and outreach, mobile legal aid camps and awareness sessions are conducted at regional/territorial levels and/or in partnership with organisations of marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations communities. This also enables for a stronger level of involvement of the marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations groups, communities and leaders.

Weka Organisation supplements its efforts by building the capacity of paralegals and other resource persons identified by the respective marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations organisations and networks to be able to work within their communities to increase access to Justice. 

The organisation also partners with mainstream human rights organisations and legal aid service providers to expand legal aid for marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations groups and provide mentorship to paralegals.  It also works with informal justice systems and traditional cultural structures to address injustices through mediation.

Since 2019 when the legal aid clinic was established, Weka Organisation has both directly and indirectly reached over 997 marginalised persons in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The program employs the following strategies:

  • Legal Aid Service Provision

  • Engaging Communal Justice systems

  • Support to Community Paralegal Program

  • Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration