Project profile — Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America


Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) (47076)
2015-07-30 - 2022-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• America, regional (100.00%)


• Legal and judicial development:
Legal and judicial development (15130) (85.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to increase access for men and women in Latin America to equitable and efficient civil justice that respects the rights of those involved in legal proceedings. The project supports a regional approach to civil justice reform in Latin America and seeks to facilitate more transparent and predictable legal frameworks and procedures for dispute resolution. Project activities include: (1) identifying the key challenges for civil justice and developing effective responses to them; (2) providing technical assistance to governments in testing and implementing reforms; (3) developing training courses for justice professionals and stakeholders, including civil society representatives, academics, legal assistance providers and members of the media, on the implementation and promotion of civil justice reforms; and (4) promoting civil justice reform and strengthening ties between stakeholders by developing a regional network of civil justice practitioners, hosting knowledge-sharing events and facilitating policy dialogue seminars.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved civil justice practices and procedures implemented by local and national governments in Latin America; and (2) increased contributions by civil justice stakeholders in support of civil justice reforms in Latin America.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (December 2022) include: (1) improved knowledge on gender-sensitive civil justice reform for 177 individuals from Latin America; (2) organized 30 specialized training programs on gender-sensitive civil justice reform for 865 legal practitioners and decision-makers (519 women); (3) facilitated dialogues on gender-sensitive civil justice reform and access to justice for 776 (224 women) legal practitioners and decision-makers; (4) implemented nine pilot projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Peru, leading to particularly positive outcomes in Peru’s justice administration system and a change in the development of civil proceedings; and (5) implemented an oral litigation module in 24 of the 34 Superior Courts in Peru.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $725,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
18-10-2022 Disbursement $52,956
18-10-2022 Disbursement $72,476
31-03-2023 Disbursement $366,100
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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