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About this guide

This topic guide provides an introduction to development assistance in the justice sector. As well as being an important aim in itself, an accessible and effective justice sector is essential for development in a number of ways. Security of property and protection of assets are vital to support the livelihoods of the poor. Access to legal protection can help the poor resolve disputes, and secure their rights to engage in political processes and access services. In addition, effective justice institutions can form part of the enabling environment for economic growth.

This topic guide was prepared by Joanna Crichton, Zoë Scott and Huma Haider. The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Laure-Hélène Piron, Department for International Development (DFID) and Vivienne O'Connor, United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Comments, questions or documents for consideration should be sent to huma@gsdrc.org.

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The following document summaries were added in February 2012: