IDLO Africa Conference

With the launch of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, continental and global consensus was reached that the rule of law and access to justice are an indivisible part of sustainable development. In light of this recognition and commitment, IDLO and the Government of Tanzania organized a conference titled “Achieving the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063: The Rule of Law as a Driver of Africa’s Sustainable Development” held on June 1-2 in Dar es Salaam. The Conference hosted over 100 delegates from 18 countries including African ministers, judges, legal experts and representatives from the international community, civil society and private sector.

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With the rule of law now at the heart of development goals and aspirations, it is timely to explore its vast potential as an enabler of other goals on the continent.
— Irene Khan

The two-day meeting, enabled for strategy and policy discussions as well as exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices around the themes of institution building; constitutionalism and legal reform; access to justice; gender equality and investing in the rule of law for economic development. Discussions highlighted the critical importance of Africa-wide collaboration on strengthening the rule of law in realizing the global development goals.

As a cornerstone of stability, peace and security, law and order, the protection of civilians – the role of the rule of law for the continent cannot be overemphasized. To ensure the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, the participants called for action in several areas.

IDLO together with African stakeholders will take forward discussions as part of its wider Africa Initiative. The findings and summary of the Conference are compiled in the Conference report

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Calls for Action

  • Improving the capacity of the judicial system and knowledge of jurisprudence in Africa, by supporting the creation of an Africa-wide jurisprudence database, to help national jurisdictions learn from each other and build a corpus of African jurisprudence;
  • Improving access to justice on the continent by establishing a network to share experiences on legal aid and a corresponding set of indicators by which Africans can measure progress on Aspiration 3 of Agenda 2063 and Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Building the capacity of African institutions to tackle investment issues and barriers to development, including corruption starting with a multistakeholder discussion between government, business and civil society actors; and
  • Recognizing the need to engage with informal and customary systems of justice as one of the main means of accessing justice in Africa and treating them as dynamic systems that match changes in society and that are consistent with fundamental values and principles of constitutions.

Conference Report

Find out more about the findings and summary of the Conference and how IDLO together with African stakeholders identified concrete actions to be taken forward.  Read the full report

If you have strong transformative leadership, you will be able to lead in line with the Constitution and entrench good governance in Africa.
— H.E. Benjamin Mkapa
The law is seamless and people should not have to choose between customary and formal law.
— Albie Sachs
Together Africa we can become a powerful force to reckon with.
— Nanette Thomas, Minister of Political and Public Affairs of Sierra Leone