According to Transparency International, nearly 1/3 of citizens across Sub-Saharan Africa who had contact with a judge or court official paid a bribe to gain access to institutions of justice. The poor, vulnerable and marginalized are often locked outside the systems and because they cannot afford to pay bribes or gain access to influential networks.
A lack of transparency and accountability in a country’s judicial system not only causes dysfunction, but damages society’s confidence in government institutions, including the court. Conversely, enactment of appropriate legislation prohibiting conflict of interest and the acceptance of bribes can reduce incidence of corruption.
PTF’s rule-of-law initiative, named after founder Barry Metzger, is designed to honor his memory by promoting systems of justice that respect individual rights, equality, dignity, and respect for all before the law. Through the Initiative, PTF is promoting the rule-of-law in Africa by strengthening civil society institutions to increase access to fair and just governance through citizen action.
Gender based violence (GBV) is widespread in Africa, with more than 45% of women experiencing one or more incidents, compared to a global average of 35%. South Africa has some of the most progressive and comprehensive laws and policies in the world to promote gender equality and support those affected by GBV seeking legal recourse. However, a 2011 study estimates that only 0.3% cases are reported. PTF-Africa supports local CSOs working to increase access to and improve the quality of redress services for those affected by GBV and discrimination.
PTF-Africa works to develop innovative solutions and creative ideas that help to equip youth and their communities to demand accountability in the realization of their rights. Rather than being reactive, these programs are about creating a culture of engagement that prevents governments from failing to deliver upon their obligations for the world’s most disadvantaged youth.