Supporting the Rule of Law and Justice in Africa

Project description

Title: Promotion of the Rule of Law and Justice in Africa
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Tunisia
Overall term: 2018 to 2021


The 2030 Agenda defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All the countries of the world have committed themselves to ensuring this sustainable development economically, socially and ecologically. SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) therefore serves as a guideline for implementing the rule of law, combating corruption and ensuring legal identity in all countries.

In many countries, there is insufficient planning and implementation of SDG 16 and other relevant sustainability goals. National strategies for the further development of law and justice must set clear priorities for cross-border dialogue, legal identity and access to the law and justice. These deficits will be eliminated through international sharing of experiences.

The principle of ’leave no one behind’ requires a targeted approach by development cooperation projects. At the same time, any deficits in the rule of law must be seen against the background of development policy realities. Legal security, legal identity, access to a functional justice system as well as freedom from corruption are prerequisites for upholding fundamental rights and promoting the peaceful development of the states concerned.


Through international dialogue on the rule of law and justice, selected partners and German development cooperation align their work more consistently with the 2030 Agenda.


In four fields of activity, the project combines various themes with the promotion of the rule of law. It aims to bring about supraregional, national and local changes. One focus is on cooperation with the judiciary (SDG 16) and the organisation of a series of transnational conferences.

Transnational discussion on the rule of law:
The project supports this field of activity through the BMZ conference series ‘Rule of Law, Justice and Development’. Cooperation with the Judicial Integrity Group (JIG) continues to promote an international exchange of experience on the rule of law through selected partners and German development cooperation. This includes the launch of reform initiatives including gender equality in the fields of activity.

Legal identity:
This field of activity supports the modernisation and digitalisation of civil registration systems. It also promotes exchange between partner countries on digital aspects of registering births.

Access to justice and legal framework for entrepreneurs:
Building on the fundamental right to legal identity, this field of activity deals with the international sharing of experience and capacity building in two areas: the legal framework for entrepreneurs and improved access to justice.

Cooperation with trustworthy, reform-oriented legal experts:
In this field of activity, the project cooperates with the judiciary in the reform partner countries as well as with the UNODC Global Judicial Integrity Network and the globally active JIG. In this way, the project promotes the dissemination of the Bangalore Principles, which are globally accepted standards for the creation of integrity in the judiciary. It also compares legal ethics with other regional approaches in Latin America and Asia. Through the regional and international exchange of experience, the programme helps Ghana, Tunisia and Côte d'Ivoire to develop their own standards and enter into dialogue with the German and European judiciary. This dialogue ties in with the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, especially Article 11, in order to promote the integrity of judges and legal experts in state justice systems.