A learning network approach to the delivery of justice

  • Jobien Monster
Keywords: learning, networks, case studies, justice sector, legal empowerment, Microjustice Toolkit, toolkits, development projects


This paper explores the potential of a learning network approach to development in the justice sector and contends that such an approach matches the values and ambitions of the legal empowerment agenda. To realize this potential a lot can be learned from experiences with learning networks in other development fields. To seize lessons learned and to work towards a framework for evaluation for such projects, the paper utilizes a distinction in four key sources of tension in networks for learning: power, trust, disposition and value (Roberts 2006). In this framework, lessons learned are mapped from learning networks in other development fields and own experience in the Microjustice Toolkit project. On basis of this overview, the paper identifies a set of questions that can support reflection in the design and implementation of future projects that foster the ambition to facilitate a learning network, help to avoid pitfalls and bolster success.


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