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First judicial training in years commences in Mogadishu

Mogadishu’s first legal training program in years was launched in April as part of a UNDP-backed effort to bolster Somalia’s judicial system. The training is aimed at judges, prosecutors and judicial support staff, and was officially opened at a colorful ceremony in the Somali capital by the Chi more


GIS platform in Tripoli helps improve municipal services

“My city now has a powerful, customizable and technologically advanced GIS system for creating and maintaining a directory of our streets and addresses,” says Tripoli Mayor Nader al-Ghazal. “Most importantly, it has dramatically improved how we are able to respond to the needs of our citizens.” T more


Governance assessments give citizens a voice in Egypt

Despite relatively limited resources, authorities in Egypt have recurrently allocated significant portions of state budget to local service delivery projects. This spending however did not always correspond to priority community needs or equitable service coverage.   When citizens do not have o more


Guaranteeing equal protection to vulnerable communities in Iraq

Laila, a mother of two, was physically abused for years by her husband, and even forced to seek treatment for injuries on a number of occasions. The 28-year-old did not want to denounce her husband to the authorities out of fear he would take away or hurt their children. In cooperation with the Kurd more


In Gaza, first female mukhtarah mediates legal disputes

Um Mohammed broke the conservative tribal traditions of her community when she became one of Gaza strip’s first “Mukhtarah” – the female equivalent of Mukhtar, one who peacefully settles disputes without need to resort to formal judicial systems. “I once found myself having to intervene to resolve a more


In Somaliland, local communities benefit from decentralization

For Fosia Ahmed Ismail, a returnee to the Somaliland district of Hargeisa, life was hard. Many basic services were inadequately delivered, and access to authorities was limited and sometimes even unthinkable. “The local government resettled us here,” said Fosia. But infrastructure in local district more


In court with the first women lawyers of Somalia

Koos was just granted her divorce. She filed for divorce after her husband deserted her, just a few months after their wedding. She gave birth to their son but never heard from her husband again. She asked Ismahan Hassan Ahmed, one of the ten women lawyers in Somaliland, to advise her and represent more


Active participation: It’s your right!

We have been asked frequently what inspires social change in Egypt after the 25th of Jan Revolution. What has impact on policy making? What really motivates us to do social good?   Our answer was always: active participation!   Dina Atef and Christin Nabil, two activitists from the Kasr El more


Judicial security reforms take aim at gender-based violence

  10 February 2011   Baghdad – As it fights to improve security in the country as a whole, the Government of Iraq is also advancing a series of gender-related rule-of-law programmes to enhance protections for women in particular, with the support of the United Nations Development Programm more


Legal aid clinics in Gaza help people get protection of the law

Asma*  lived in Jabalia Camp in the Gaza Strip where she attempted to raise a family whilst trapped within a violent marriage. Aggression and attacks were part of her daily life; bruises and physical scars a recurring reminder of her predicament. Her husband often prevented Asma from seeing her more

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