Working Group on Customary and Informal Justice and SDG16+ (30 contributing organizations including DCAF and 12 contributing individuals)
Globally, most people do not resort to formal justice systems to address their justice problems. Rather, they rely on diverse pathways to justice often referred to collectively as “customary and informal justice” (CIJ). Delivering people-centred justice for all in line with Sustainable Development Goal 16 (peaceful, just, and inclusive societies) and related targets requires governments, development partners, and civil society to engage with the empirical reality of CIJ and factor this into justice delivery and programming.
Published by IDLO on behalf of the Working Group on CIJ and SDG16+, an international multi-stakeholder initiative formed in 2019, the report Diverse pathways to people-centred justice highlights five key approaches to working with CIJ systems:
The report issues a groundbreaking call to action in the form of recommendations representing a new consensus on engagement with CIJ amongst key stakeholders in the global justice community. Recommendations for policymakers and practitioners include: