IRLI Team Malawi discuss the ripple effects of an under-resourced criminal justice system

We sit down with some of Irish Rule of Law International’s (IRLI) Malawi team this month to discuss how the country’s poverty is affecting its justice institutions.

IRLI’s programme in the country is strategically designed, in collaboration with its partners on the ground, to provide access to justice to Malawi’s people who have been accused of crimes. Malawi is a country with a prison population of seventeen thousand and only 700 lawyers.

We hear from Susie Kiely IRLI’s Malawi Director, Macdara O Droisecoil IRLI’s Programme Lawyer seconded to the Legal Aid Bureau and Immaculate Maluza, IRLI’s programme lawyer seconded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

They talk about democracy in the resource-poor country, the overcapacity of Malawi’s prisons, prison conditions for inmates, the new Prisons Bill they’re trying to see enacted and the huge delays in bringing people to court.

IRLI’s holistic approach to access to justice in Malawi enables its programme to target each component of the justice system and ensures the cooperation and coordination between key institutions.

Presented and produced by Evelyn McClafferty.

With thanks to our donors: Irish Aid.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of IRLI or Irish Aid.

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