Administration of Justice

Kituo Cha Katiba: Eastern Africa Centre For Constitutional Development

Kituo Cha Katiba is a regional non-governmental organization with a mission to promote multidisciplinary debate, dialogue and action on constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development in Eastern Africa through research, information dissemination, networking, advocacy and activism. The site includes legal documents such as international, regional and sub-regional instruments, African Constitutions and links to partial national laws of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Zanzibar.


Safer Africa is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated to serving the long-term security and development needs of Africa in a self-sustaining manner.  Some documents related to criminal justice issues are available in PDF format.

United Nations African Institute
for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

UNAFRI was established to prevent crime and delinquency from subverting the development of African countries.  It aims to promote the cooperation of governments, academic institutions, and experts in the field, in addition to assisting countries in mobilizing their human potential.  Publications on crime and development in Africa are available.


African Prisons Project

"African Prisons Project (APP) is a young charity founded to improve the welfare, health and education of detainees in Africa. We aim to restore the dignity of prisoners by providing humane conditions and improving welfare, access to medical facilities and the opportunity to learn. Our principal projects are the creation or refurbishment of prison clinics and libraries."

Corruption and Fraud

Southern African Information Portal on Corruption (IPOC)

This site "provides researchers, policy makers and civil society activists with an entry point into anti-corruption activities in the region."  IPOC provides a searchable database of nearly 1,000 documents about corruption and anti-corruption strategies in Southern Africa, detailed case studies of attempts to combat corruption in the region (some of which can be downloaded in full), and links to related organizations.

Crime Prevention

United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders

UNAFRI was established in 1989 with the justification for its establishment towards the need to endeavor to prevent the problem of crime and delinquency from subverting development and gains of development of the countries of Africa. This site contains links, news, and publications.


ArmsNetAfrica - Arms Management in Africa

ArmsNetAfrica is a web portal that presents a variety of resources, documents, events and links on armed violence (and its reduction), arms proliferation, arms control and disarmament in Africa. In English, French and Portuguese.

Human Rights

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

The Commission is charged with three major functions: the protection and promotion of human and peoples' rights and the interpretation of the Africa Charter on Human and People's Rights. To this end, the Commission collects documents; undertakes studies and research on African problems in the field of human and peoples' rights; organizes seminars, symposia and conferences; and disseminates information. These types of data are available on this website. In English and French.

UK Home Office - Female Genital Mutilation Report[

This Country of Origin Information Report (COI Report) has been produced by COI Service, UK Border Agency (UKBA), for use by officials involved in the asylum/human rights determination process. The Report provides general background information about female genital mutilation. African countries are addressed with three categories: extent practised, legal position of the government on FGM and protections offered. The main body of the report includes information available up to 20 June 2008.

Police & Law Enforcement

African Policing Resource Network

The African Police Resource Network is a project of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town and was developed with assistance from the Open Society Foundation and the African Security and Justice Programme. Available on the website for use are country data, news, resources, publications, and links.

African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) is a network of African practitioners active in policing reform and civilian oversight over policing in Africa. Available on the website for use are country data, news, resources, publications, and links.

Research & Statistics

African Human Security Initiative

"The overarching goal of this project to generate information that can be used to review the scale of crime and the criminal justice systems in countries undergoing the African Peer Review Mechanism. The African Human Security Initiative 2 (AHSI2) is a follow-up to AHSI1, a regional programme that used the system of peer review to monitor the extent of compliance of eight African countries with their commitments to democracy, good governance and civil society participation. AHSI2 uses the peer review concept to complement the formal NEPAD/APRM (New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development / Africa Peer Review Mechanism) process by focusing on the criminal justice system in selected countries identified for APRM review."

Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub

The Crime and Justice Hub is a civil society initiative by the Crime and Justice Programme (CJP) of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Users may access crime maps, information about hot topics, crime trends and other useful data.

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

The Institute for Security Studies provides extensive information on a variety of topics of interest for WCJLN users. Visitors may search the publications or browse under main menu links.


African Terrorism Bulletin

This quarterly newsletter is produced by the Organised Crime and Corruption Programme of the institute for Security Studies.  The aim is "to provide balanced information, analysis and critical perspectives regarding news on terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies on the African continent."  Users may sign up to receive the bulletin via email.