Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Lilongwe Diocese has since 1992 been working in partnership with several donor agencies to implement programmes and activities related to social justice and peace covering the Central Region of Malawi.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) conducts civic education, capacity building and advocacy. CCJP offers free legal services to all regardless of their religious, social, cultural and political affiliation.

CCJP identified volunteers from all the 33 Parishes within Lilongwe Diocese and trained them to become "Animators". These Animators have undergone paralegal training covering inter alia conflict management skills; social analysis; training for transformation; the Republic of Malawi Constitution and Human Rights; and Advocacy to enable them to carry out their work.

Monday is set as a legal clinic day at the Secretariat where victims come to seek legal services. Animators have their own clinic days and most of the times they handle cases together with traditional leaders in their respective communities.

CCJP also has Community Based Educators (CBEs) identified from local government structures, extension workers, Community Policing and Victim Support Units, throughout its area of operation, who work hand in hand with its Animators in the implementation of its programme.

CCJP has also identified District Implementing Agencies (DIA) in each district to implement the Primary Justice Project in the Country. These DIAs were identified through consultative meetings with the District Executive Committee and the Stakeholders of that District.


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