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Evaluation of the Justice System for Children in Angola

A visit to Horizonte Azul, an organisation located in a suburb of Luanda

Duration of the Projet: 2013 until today

Brief Project History:

Following a preliminary discussion with the Government of Angola at an African regional workshop on child-friendly police practices organised by the IBCR in 2013, discussions were held with UNICEF Angola on a possible action strategy. During this period, UNICEF received significant support from the European Union to support justice reform in Angola. Two years later, the IBCR was selected to carry out an in-depth analysis of Angola’s juvenile justice system and to lay the groundwork for a European Union-backed reform project.

Goals:

  • Evaluate Angola’s justice system for children and related services, taking into account factors such as
    effectiveness, efficiency, impact, viability and relevance
  • Prepare recommendations on how to strengthen the system for the Government of Angola and UNICEF

Accomplishments:

The IBCR carried out two missions during which 25 structures were assessed. Through this process, the IBCR
identified the main strengths and weaknesses of the justice system for children and its institutions, as well as the
interactions between the actors involved in the formal and informal systems. The IBCR was also able to extract
lessons learned and best practices, while pinpointing the system’s primary challenges. The IBCR’s recommendations included:

  • Strengthened the legal framework
  • Improve coordination between the various institutions assisting children who come into contact with the legal system
  • Build the capacities of the system’s key players
  • Ensure better resource allocation
  • Manage information more effectively
  • Intervention locations : Luanda
  • Project duration: 2013 until today
  • Partners :
    • UNICEF Angola, Department of Justice and Human Rights, Department of the Interior, Department of Social Security and Reintegration
  • Highlights:
    • April 2016: Two IBCR representatives travelled to Angola to continue gathering data on the child justice system, which were needed to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the system and to implement a UNICEF and European Union-backed reform project.
    • August 2016: The IBCR submitted its final report on the analysis of the country’s child justice system to its partner, UNICEF, and the Angolan government. Specific recommendations were made to reinforce the system and to adjust current reforms in accordance with international standards.
  • Fields of activity and expertise :
    • Capacity building
    • Advocacy and institutional support
    • Tools, reference manuals and standards
    • Children and the justice system

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