JFA-PFE’s advocacy interventions focuses on restoring systemic issues including legal, policy and institutional limitations. Equally with the capacity problem (conceptual and practical) of top justice sectors and other executive and judiciary officials, it is imperative to address systemic issues embedded and to express themselves through differential access to and control of power and resources, corruption, inequitable distribution of resources and marginalization.

Therefore JFA-PFE, advocates and lobbies for policy enhancements, promulgation and amendment of new laws and procedures, and establishment of institutions that help to improve human rights, rule of law and good governance to redress the systemic issues.

Advocacy and policy dialogue

JFA-PFE has strategically aligned itself in the area of advocacy through conducting various activities. These activities include the development and amendment of laws, policies, procedures, guidelines, tools and manuals.

JFA-PFE uses advocacy and policy dialogues to identify gaps in numerous legal instruments that guides the work of the justice sector, and putting forth recommendations to review and improve these malfunctions, outdated policies, procedures and regulations as well as the development of new legal instruments.

Our interventions are always based on relevant research, experience sharing visits locally and abroad and through events such as dialogue forums (e.g. the National Joined-up Justice Forum)

JFA-PFE also holds dialogues on systemic issues and manual/guideline developments that mainstream cross-cutting issues on human rights, peace and gender. Advocating mainstreaming of human rights in pre-trial, trial ad post trial processes, to increase the participation of the community in the criminal justice administration and the use of traditional or informal justice institutions in conflict resolution and peace building process are part of our intervention mechanism.

In general, the advocacy and lobbying forums, based on research and study findings, creates an opportunity for the officials to see for themselves deep in to the structural issues and the dynamics within them and how they are influencing human rights, peace, good governance and rule of law. The enlightenment and conviction created in the process is believed to encourage them to take actions of redressing the systematic and structural issues using both individual role and office power.