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The Government of Rwanda recognizes CSOs as one of its pillars of Good Governance and Justice as building blocks for equitable and sustainable National Development. This is clearly expressed in the National Strategic for Transformation (2017-2024), where it emphasizes on the need of CSOs capacity building[1], also the former EDPRS II the role of CSOs is specifically defined under the theme of accountable governance in three main functional areas, namely:
1.Monitoring government actions and providing for advice;
2. Citizen empowerment and participation in decision making;
3.Ensuring effective service delivery to citizens.
Major challenges of Justice Sector and Human Rights CSOs towards alignment to district priorities:

Lack of CSOs self-identification as duty-bearers;
1. Poor understanding of CSOs on their advocacy and service delivery roles;
2.No clear monitoring and evaluation mechanism of the CSOs activities from MINALOC down to the district level and “Umurenge” There is no framework within which the activities of these CSOs can be monitored;
3. No steady stream of income for local CSOs, which makes their employees sometimes work as volunteers hence reducing their effectiveness;
4. Lack of awareness by CSOs in justice sector on advocacy strategies as well as how they can be effective through partnering with JRLOS Secretariat at District level;

In order to work hand in hand with the government and stakeholders to continue addressing the forementioned challenges faced by CSOs in the justice sector, IMRO in collaboration with the other coalition members namely Health Development Initiative (HDI), Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD), and Rwanda NGOs Forum for HIV and Health Promotion (RNGOF), through the project “Strengthening Rwandan Civil Society Organizations’ Capacity to Influence Policy in the Justice Sector” organized this capacity building sessions to fully engage justice sector CSOs on their role and advocacy in strengthening the justice sector both at District and at National level respectively. The meeting will host a number of CSOs working both in the justice sector and human rights.

The objective of the meeting is to empower justice sector and Human Rights CSOs into effective advocacy and vibrant participation to policy processes linked to timely reporting with the main purpose to strengthen the Rwandan justice sector.

The specific objectives of this event include among others:
1. To increase CSOs knowledge on effective advocacy, especially on evidence based advocacy;
2. To increase CSOs awareness on the importance of timely reporting to JRLOS Secretariat of any Human Rights abuse and any hindrance to access to justice by citizens;
3.To gain more skills by CSOs in Monitoring and Evaluation reporting techniques;

Expected Results;

1.CSOs will gain knowledge on effective advocacy, especially on evidence based advocacy;
2.They will be able to acquire knowledge on the importance of timely reporting to JRLOS Secretariat of any Human Rights abuse and any hindrance to access to justice by citizens;
3.They will gain skills in Monitoring and Evaluation techniques related to advocacy;
4.They will be empowered into better organizing their activities on a daily basis through an agenda;
5.They will be enabled to their better alignment to the District priorities, especially on accountability and timely reporting both towards their supporting partners, to JADF Committee and District JRLOS Secretariat;
6.CSOs will define their agenda to prepare for their effective and vibrant contributions during District meetings.


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