Promotion of the Rule of Law and the Judiciary in Africa

Project description

Title: Promotion of the Rule of Law and the Judiciary in Africa
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Supraregional Africa with the focus on reform partner countries
Overall term: 2017 to 2022

Participants at the BMZ Rule of Law, Justice and Development conference in Berlin. Copyright: photothek GbR, Schumannstraße 17, 10117 Berlin


The rule of law and a transparent judiciary are fundamental to inclusive and fair development. Many African countries have a need for action in this area.

Internationally recognised goals provide clearly defined standards for this. In particular, Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda is key: peace, justice and strong institutions. However, the African Union's Agenda 2063 also provides guidance.

Ultimately, the member states need to adapt these goals nationally to the local context.



When sharing experiences on the rule of law and the judiciary internationally, partner institutions and German Development Cooperation align their work more consistently with the 2030 Agenda.

Participants of the workshop Empowering Female Entrepreneurs in Accra, Ghana. Copyright: GIZ


Priority areas of the project’s work are with the African reform partner countries Tunisia (up to the end of 2020), Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, and also with regional organisations.

It promotes sharing experience on the rule of law internationally through the conference series entitled Rule of Law, Justice and Development. These conferences raise awareness among the African judicial institutions of the globally recognised rule of law standards known as the Bangalore Principles.

Disadvantaged sections of the population are another area of focus. The project promotes their access to justice, especially for women and prisoners.

In order to improve the legal framework for entrepreneurs, the project helps to bring together teaching, research and practice in national and international dialogue.

The project also trains entrepreneurs on how to solve legal problems.

In addition, the project promotes debate on judicial ethics, corruption-free access to justice and the improvement of impartial court rulings.

Last update: December 2021

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