Access to justice
In its third phase the project for the empowerment of democratic institutions concentrates its work on the improvement of access to justice. The three components: implementation of legal arbitration boards, empowerment of public defence and the contribution to a constructive dialogue about judicial reforms enhances access to justice for vulnerable population groups and with it the claiming and enforcement of their rights.
Legal and judicial development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Sector not specified
- Objective of component 1: The reform for the introduction of legal arbitration procedures is implemented systematically and has improved the access to justice for marginalised groups.
- Objective of component 2: The institutional capacities of the National Agency for Public Defence (Servicio Nacional de Defensa Publica) have been strengthened, so that they can offer a good service to accused persons and expand their services to rural areas.
- Objective of component 3: Interested actors of the government and the civil society have a constructive dialogue about experiences and prospects of the realisation of the judicial reform and cooperate in the creation of national politics.
- 81.000 hectares of land have been signed over to the Guaranies who until now had to work under exploitative conditions on the land of big landowners.
- Precedence were set for the compensation of indigenous workers who´s labour rights had been grossly violated.
- The presence of the State in remote areas has been strengthened
- Positive influence on legislation concerning air quality and support of concrete measures for air protection.
- A network of 1.500 MR-instructors of the Bolivian police has been institutionalised
- Creation and empowerment of 148 transparency-offices on different public levels for the enforcement of the right to information.
- Central State of South East
- Swiss Private Sector
- SDC Field Office
- Council of Magistrates, Public defence office, Danish cooperation,
The new Bolivian Constitution, which became effective in 2009 provides for a progressive framework of individual and collective rights, first of all in benefit of women and the indigenous population. The implementation of these rights, however, is advancing rather slowly due to a lack of institutional capacities owing to the Bolivian justice system, which shows substantial structural deficits. In order to realise the postulates of the new Constitution, in 2010 a structural reform of the justice system was started with the law of structural re-organisation of judicial power. The approaches to reform are offering Switzerland interesting options to provide a better access to justice for vulnerable population groups.
A contribution was made to the implementation of important elements of the judicial reform, which considerably improves the access to justice for marginalised population groups.
Vulnerable population groups with a better access to justice. With the conclusion of this phase approximately 200.000 citizens will have profited from a better access to justice.
Results from previous phases:
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Foreign state institution
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 6'802'500 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 6'855'076|
Phase 3 01.04.2013 - 28.09.2018 (Completed)Phase 2 01.09.2009 - 31.12.2013 (Completed)