The “Fighting Impunity and Ensuring Accountability in East Africa” project (2017-2018) aims to strengthen the rule of law and the capacity to deal effectively with complex and transborder crimes. This timely project stems from the reality that the rule of law and access to justice are an essential component of international crisis management as well as key components in the development of peaceful democracies (see one-pager).
Only with accountable, transparent and reliable structures assuring the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes and transnational organized crime can societies move on to peaceful coexistence safe from cycles of recurring violence. This cannot be achieved solely at an international level. The capacity of states to investigate and prosecute international crimes must be strengthened at the national level, whilst respecting state sovereignty and bolstering regional cooperation and support.
For the duration of this project, the Wayamo Foundation and the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA), will apply their expertise and knowledge and experience in four countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
The proposed model has four pillars, combining:
Capacity building for investigative, prosecutorial and judicial staff
Building a network of Directors of Public Prosecution and Heads of Criminal Investigation Departments
Sensitive stakeholder diplomacy
Public outreach and awareness building.
The combination of the above programme outcomes – increased competencies, leadership networking, stakeholder diplomacy, and public and media empowerment – will serve to create an environment conducive to structural, policy and systemic improvements.
East Africa: from its base in Arusha, the project will be covering Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Some 200 judicial members plus thousands of members of civil society in the target countries.
Judiciaries, Public Prosecution Offices, Criminal Investigation Departments of the four project countries, as well as members of civil society, the East African Community and the East African courts.
The Wayamo Foundation will organise and convene capacity-building training sessions and retreats for prosecutors, investigators and judges from the four project countries.
Drawing on its roster of experts from across Africa and the world, capacity-building and training exercises will aim to build staff capacities, as well as foster synergies between the international criminal justice community and national legal actors. Doing so promises to make the principle of complementarity meaningful in practice.
On 6 June 2016, Wayamo launched the “Fighting Impunity and Ensuring Accountability in East Africa” project at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. This event was the centrepiece of a four-day series of engagements bringing together experts on international criminal justice, human rights activists, academics and practitioners from the field of international and transnational criminal law and members of civil society, to discuss judicial measures designed to ensure accountability for serious crimes and to develop possible networks for enhancing judicial co-operation and exchanging crucial information in the region.
Timeline of ACTIVITIES
- 5 June 2017, Arusha Tanzania: Network Meeting for DPPs and CIDs of East Africa
- 6 June 2017, Arusha, Tanzania: International Symposium: “Fighting Impunity in East Africa – Ensuring accountability for international and transnational organised crimes”
- 7-8 June 2017, Arusha, Tanzania: Capacity building for prosecutors and investigators from East Africa on international and transnational organised crimes
- 7 August 2017, Arusha, Tanzania: International Symposium: “Judicial Independence — A Foundation for Combatting International and Transnational Crime”
- 8 August 2017, Arusha, Tanzania: Judges´ retreat on judicial independence
- 20 November 2017, Kigali, Rwanda: Network Meeting for DPPs and CIDs of East Africa
- 21 November 2018, Kigali, Rwanda: International Symposium : “International Crimes, Domestic Justice – Accountability and Capacity Building in East Africa”
- 22 November 2017, Kigali, Rwanda: training of investigators and prosecutors
- 26 February 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: Strategic Meeting of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
- 27 February 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: International Justice Symposium: “Networks of Accountability: Justice for International and Transnational Organised Crimes”
- 28 February – 1 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: capacity building workshop for prosecutors and investigators from East Africa on international and transnational organised crimes
- 28 February 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: media engagement with journalists from East Africa
- 2 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: High-level Network Meeting of Directors of Public Prosecution and Heads of Criminal Investigation Departments
- 13 April 2018, Kampala, Uganda: third annual Joan Kagezi Memorial Lecture
- 26 November 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: Network Meeting for DPPs and CIDs of East Africa
- 27 November 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: International Justice Symposium: “Beyond narrow interests – justice and accountability in East Africa”
- 28-29 November 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: training of investigators and prosecutors
- 28 November 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: media engagement