Promoting active citizenry

The initiative aims to create new mechanisms and build capacities for an active citizenry that is empowered to monitor, evaluate and advocate for adequate public policies in the justice sector, and to integrate traditional justice into the justice sector through a peacebuilding lens.

An essential component of the programme is the Participatory Barometer, which is the first ever to be used in Guinea-Bissau. The use of such a participatory tool is aimed at giving citizens an instrument so that they themselves can use to demand changes to the justice system, notably through dialogue and discussion, and by making the government reflect on what people expect from them in relation to the justice system and influence the reform process. The results of this Barometer will provide quantitative and representative information on the local governance of justice in the eight regions of Guinea-Bissau.