Enhancing Citizens Understanding of the Rule of Law
The Carter Center is working to build peace and prevent violence by helping the government of Liberia ensure justice for all Liberian citizens, not just those who can afford it. This has been a long-term effort of The Carter Center since the end of the war in 2003, to strengthen the justice system of Liberia which was in ruins and tatters by then. A lack of human, material and financial resources severely hampered the administration and delivery of justice.
The Carter Center has been implementing an access to justice project to address these critical needs, particularly focusing on historically marginalized rural communities in Liberia. For justice to be served, citizens must understand and exercise their rights, and those who administer justice must be properly trained, equipped, and resourced. The Access to Justice Project partnered with the Ministry of Justice to identify rural justice needs, develop and implement civic education messages, and fill immediate short-term gaps to strengthen the formal justice system.
Over time, this innovative project has expanded, partnering with government and civil society to deliver sustained impact. NAYMOTE-Liberia is one of the 6 partners working within CSOs sector to benefit from a one-year grant from the Carter Center meant for Access to Justice project through its Rule of Law program to enhance the capacity of Community Justice Advisors and how they can help Liberian citizens to have access to justice and the rule of law.