An accessible and effective justice sector is essential for development, as well as being an important aim in itself. 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.

About this Topic Guide

This topic guide provides an introduction to development assistance in the justice sector. It was prepared by Joanna Crichton, Zoë Scott (GSDRC, University of Birmingham) and Huma Haider (GSDRC, University of Birmingham). The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Laure-Hélène Piron, Department for International Development (DFID) and Vivienne O'Connor, United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Suggested citation

Crichton, J., Scott, Z. & Haider, H., (2012). Justice: Topic Guide, GSDRC, University of Birmingham, UK