Papua New Guinea’s economic and social development is impeded by significant law and order issues; crime; corruption; land and property disputes; and family and sexual violence against women, girls, and vulnerable people. Weak enforcement of laws fosters a culture of impunity and lawlessness. There is a lack of access to justice for large sections of the population, including people in remote areas and those living with a disability.
Justice Services and Stability for Development (JSS4D) is a sector-led program that supports the Government of Papua New Guinea to improve law and order, combat corruption, and reduce violence against women, with the goal of creating a ‘just, safe, and secure society for all’ as the foundation for improving economic and social development.
The overarching goals of JSS4D are:
JSS4D provides targeted assistance to Papua New Guinea’s national law and justice agencies, five priority provincial governments, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) and civil society groups.
JSS4D has three major components, all of which are underpinned by a strong gender and inclusion focus:
The Papua New Guinea law and justice sector has achieved the following results, with support from JSS4D: