The Governance and Human Rights gives due consideration to issues of Governance and Human Rights. Two sub programmes have been put in place in order to achieve the overall strategic objective of this programmee. These are – Access to Justice and Democracy and Local Governance.
Access to Justice
Access to Justice remains a challenge for a number of people especially the poor and this is despite the presence of many players providing legal services. The cost of legal services has inevitably increased, making such services inaccessible to the majority. It is against this background ,therefore, that the Access to Justice Sub Programme trains and provides support to paralegals working in the dioceses. Further, partnerships have been established with organisations that provide Legal Aid services as part of a referral system. Additionally, under this same sub programme, Caritas Zambia undertakes activities which are aimed at strengthening people’ access to land and other land services.
Democracy and Local Governance
The Democracy and Governance Sub Programme is involved in lobbying government to facilitate the participation of stakeholders in the democratic dispensation of the country. Other activities include sensitizing and educating people on election issues, training election monitors and participating in elections. Equally, Caritas Zambia, through this sub programme, has established partnerships in addressing critical election issues. In terms of local governance, Caritas engages policy and decision makers and local/traditional leaders on the decentralisation policy and process in general. IEC and other reading materials are produced and made available to the general public in the Caritas Zambia operational areas.