Although training is a type of capacity development, it is so frequently used and so widely recognized as a necessary component of justice reform that it has been highlighted as its own category here. Training for the informal sector will be context specific, as described in the examples below, but certain general principles apply:

Subject-matter considerations

  • Training should help place informal mechanisms within the context of international human rights obligations, constitutional obligations, and formal laws. See the Legislation module.
  • Training should focus on women’s right to be free from violence as a collective community responsibility.
  • Training should highlight the critical importance of holding offenders accountable for violence in a swift and meaningful way.
  • Training should include information about how to conduct a risk assessment so as to help informal justice practitioners identify the most dangerous and violent offenders so that victims can be adequately protected.

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