Bangladesh, October 2012: Promoting Justice For All
NCSC is pleased to announce the award of the Justice for All (JFA) Program in Bangladesh, a five-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The JFA Program seeks to facilitate access to justice for all citizens and empower vulnerable populations, including women and the poor, to exercise their rights effectively. Working with formal justice sector counterparts, the JFA Program will improve the delivery of legal aid in the formal justice sector, enhance judicial self-governance, and increase citizen awareness of legal rights and responsibilities.
The program is an important initiative of USAID/Bangladesh’s Democracy and Governance portfolio. The success of the program will play a major role in achieving USAID’s goal of improved access to justice in Bangladesh as well as the Government of Bangladesh’s developmental aspirations identified in Vision 2021, a platform for reform ahead of Bangladesh’s 50th anniversary of independence.
In addition to delivering technical assistance and training, NCSC will administer a grants fund designed to support Bangladeshi civil society organizations to deliver critical legal aid accompaniment services and targeted sensitization and legal literacy campaigns. NCSC anticipates that the JFA Program will provide technical and financial support to numerous grantee organizations through the program.
NCSC partner, DLA Piper New Perimeter, will provide pro bono expertise in support of the program’s objectives. The team welcomes the opportunity to help facilitate access to justice and judicial self-governance in Bangladesh, in fulfillment of USAID’s Country Development and Cooperation Strategy.