Second Strategic Investment Plan (SIP II): An Overview
The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) is a reform process ongoing across the entire justice sector through a sector wide approach (SWAp) since 2000 to address the systemic weaknesses in the justice system that were compounded by lack of a clear policy framework for all the justice agencies to deliver quality justice efficiently and effectively.
The sector maintained a long term perspective to the process of reform by adopting a Second Strategic Investment Plan (SIP II) in August 2006 for the period 2006/2007 to 2010/2011. The Plan, which incorporates prioritised and costed interventions, will enable the Sector to continue the reforms that were implemented under the first Strategic Investment Plan.
In developing the SIP II, the sector adopted a Government-led and participatory process. Consultations were held with all key stakeholders within and outside the Sector through a series of interviews, meetings, focus group discussions and workshops at regional and national level. The external stakeholders consulted included other sectors of Government, statutory bodies, civil society organizations, the private sector and development partners.
The SIP, II was built on the processes and lessons that the sector learnt during the implementation of its first Plan. In this sense, the SIP II consolidates and builds upon the first Plan by strengthening its strategies and addressing weaknesses identified during the Mid Term Evaluation. The sector also took into account the national framework within which the JLOS must feed into and contribute. The reason to continue the reforms were still based on the need to meet the set minimum standards in international human rights treaties that Uganda has ratified and the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda for an efficient and effective justice system. It was also premised on the recognition that a justice system ensures safety of the person and security of property, which are vital and necessary to provide an enabling environment for productive activity, investment and competitiveness; and hence poverty reduction and economic development.
Structure of SIP II
The SIP II is arranged in two broad parts – the main body and the annexes. The main body of SIP II has six sections.
Sections I and II comprise the Foreword, Preface and Executive summary respectively. Sections III to V contain 8 chapters capturing the build up of SIP II.
Section III lays the foundation which introduces the sector and reflects on SIP I. In this section, Chapter 1 provides the overall legal and policy framework while Chapter 2 reflects on SIP I and introduces the direction of SIP II.
Section IV elaborates on the reform process and here Chapter 3 provides an in-depth
discussion of the priority areas, while Chapter 4 highlights the key strategies and approach.
Section V focuses on management of the reform process. In here, Chapter 5 lays out the key management structures and processes while Chapter 6 outlines the monitoring and evaluation framework. Chapter 7 is an analysis and presentation of the re-sourcing within the Sector and Chapter 8 highlights some key transitional arrangements from SIP I to SIP II.
Section VI is also Part 2 of SIP II comprising annexes and key process documents.
With the expiry of SIP II in 2011, the sector adopted the The JLOS Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) which was launched in March 2012 and was operationalized in the 2012/13 Financial year - effective for five (5) years.
See also: SIP Document Centre