Policy Brief 3 of 2016 – “Leaving No-one Behind” Strengthening Civil Society’s Role in the Implementation of Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – 22 March 2016

This policy brief derives from proceedings of a multi-stakeholder workshop hosted by the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) in collaboration with the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (NADCAO) and African Monitor on the 22nd of March 2016. The workshop explored how civil society can leverage on the complementarity between the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the AU’s Agenda 2063, to play a more meaningful role in the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. There was particular emphasis on access to justice as articulated in Goal 16.
Mr Thokozani Thusi, the Chief Director for Public Participation and Social Dialogue at the Department of Public Service and Administration, gave the keynote address on behalf of Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. There were other speakers* from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), South African judiciary, Chapter 9 institutions and civil society from South Africa and the region. The dialogue attracted a broad range of participants including members of civil society, policymakers, academics and the public.
While not easily defined, access to justice refers broadly to the access that citizens have to dispute resolution tools of justice including, but not limited to, courts. It engages the wider social context of the justice system and the systemic barriers facing different sectors of society. Effective access to justice does not only refer to reductions in cost and greater access to lawyers and courts. Many barriers are interrelated, and efforts to eliminate one barrier can exacerbate problems elsewhere. Therefore, holistic solutions are necessary, as alluded to by Goal 16.

Read full Policy Brief here: Policy Brief – 22 March 2016 – Leaving no-one behind, strengthening civil society’s role in the implementation of Goal 16