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October 04, 2016

Great Lakes Regional Program Background

After conducting an in-depth assessment of judicial training in Central Africa from January to June 2013, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is supporting a regional judicial training initiative with an initial focus on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to improve the impartiality, competence, efficiency and effectiveness of magistrates and court-support personnel in participating countries through training and other capacity-building efforts.

Recognizing that national-level judicial training efforts are underway, the regional initiative emphasizes complimentary approaches to support those activities and leverage their successes. Additionally, ABA ROLI engages key national stakeholders in defining the scope, strategic direction and governance structure of the regional initiative.