Technical Assistance to the Justice Reform Support Programme Mauritania

Skyline view of Mauritania capital Nouakchott

Cardno has been contracted to provide Technical Assistance to Justice Reform in Mauritania, part of the national development strategy.

In 2017, with the help of the World Bank, the Mauritanian Authorities finalised the national development strategy, the SCAPP (“Stratégie de Croissance Accelérée et de Prospérité Partagée”) for the period 2016-2030. It was adopted in 2018, and favours diversification and inclusive growth, with focuses on human capital, the business environment and governance. All of which remain essential elements for the country's economic transformation. In relation to the justice sector, the immediate objective is to improve citizens’ access to justice, in particular for the most vulnerable segments of the population.

The justice sector faces significant deficiencies and falls short of the objectives set by the authorities in recent times. It suffers from chronic mistrust of the population and justice users.

To tackle these challenges, the Government announced, as part of its General Policy Declaration, the establishment of a transparent, effective, credible and accessible justice system as a key priority. The 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) defines the framework of collaboration between the EU and Mauritania. As a key objective, it also has to contribute to guaranteeing the rule of law, taking into account the links between security and development.

It is against this backdrop that the Justice Reform Support Programme has been developed.

The specific objectives of the Justice Reform Support Programme are as follows:

  • In-depth reform of the Mauritanian judicial and penitentiary system with a view to making it more efficient and more respectful of human rights
  • The promotion of independent, transparent, efficient, credible and gender-sensitive justice which is available to all citizens

The expected results are:

  • The capacities of the Ministry of Justice and justice professionals are strengthened and the implementation of the sectoral policy is initiated
  • The functioning of the penal and penitentiary chain is improved and the conditions of detention are humanised
  • Access to criminal justice is facilitated, in particular for vulnerable populations
  • Judicial and prison infrastructure is strengthened

Taking into account the above, the specific objectives of this Technical Assistance contract are:

  1. To provide technical assistance in the form of a Project Management Unit (PMU) to ensure the overall coordination of the Justice Reform Support Programme and the coherence of interventions of all operators and organisations in charge of the implementation of the Programme
  2. To ensure the programming, implementation, management, monitoring, communication and capitalisation of activities specifically carried out by the PMU
  3. To ensure the monitoring, with the Ministry of Justice, the European Union Delegation and the Support Unit of the EDF National Authorising Officer, of the execution of the various grant and delegated contracts