Sudan and South Sudan Safety and Access to Justice Program (SAJP)
Client name: UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Duration: 2009 - 2013
Location: Sudan and South Sudan
After decades of war, Sudan and South Sudan have had barely functioning justice and policing systems that deliver poor and untimely outcomes for its citizens.
Sudanese and South Sudanese face ongoing violence, insecurity, inequality and poverty. Disadvantaged groups live in insecurity due to ineffective provision of security and justice services. Most importantly, the police and justice sectors have a lack of capacity to provide the coverage, accessibility and effectiveness of service required by the citizenry.
The Safety and Access to Justice Program (SAJP) was managed by an Atos-led consortium. It supported the development and improvement of policing in Sudan and South Sudan, and access to and delivery of justice in Sudan. The program focused on communities’ needs and demands for change in police and justice service provision.
The program worked in South Sudan to create police departments that are more responsive and accountable to the communities they serve. This involved strengthening the leadership, institutional, and technical capacities of the Sudan National Police and the South Sudan National Police Service. This process increased the effectiveness and efficiency of police investigative and forensic capabilities. In South Sudan, the program also focused on fighting corruption and nepotism, by strengthening oversight mechanisms and promoting public accountability.
The program’s achievements include:
- improved police leadership and strategic development – assisted the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) senior command in Juba and in eight states, in the areas of strategic planning, policy development and leadership development. This included the development of a national community policing service delivery ethos and a change in management structure and process. The program also supported increased training, administration and human resources capacity and capability.
- improved police service delivery and responsiveness – redeveloped police operational structures at their state commands, incorporating the principles and methodology of community-oriented policing for improved service delivery and engagement with communities. The program also supported the implementation of standard operating procedures for key police functions, such as the definition, development and allocation of roles, responsibilities, structures, systems and processes within the SSNPS.
- improved police training and management – facilitated a partnership between the SSNPS and the Scottish Police College to provide advice to key staff in South Sudan and support the development of accredited police leadership and training management courses. The partnership developed standardised police training curricula for the South Sudan Police College, Academy and State Training Units. Additionally, 320 SSNPS officers received English Language Training, with 12 officers graduating as formally qualified SSNPS English language teachers to provide sustainable training and support.
- improved oversight and accountability of police services – assisted the development of Inspectorate and Professional Standards functions at national and state headquarters of the SSNPS. It helped to build oversight through the annual policing plan process and supported the building of sustainable and supportive relationships between police and the communities at local level. Additionally, the program helped police in five focal states to formulate their Annual Policing Plan, set priorities for the year ahead and improve reporting mechanisms. SAJP provided support for the development of a plan to expand the planning process to the remaining states and directorates.
- improved policing infrastructure in South Sudan – constructed and developed a maintenance plan for the Rambour Police Training Academy for the use of the SSNPS. The program also assisted the SSNPS through the construction of two model police stations in Bor and Torit, as well as the refurbishment of existing facilities in focal states.