DAPP Projects




Promoting systems, health and legal requirements for inmates

DAPP Zambia started to work in Correctional Facilities in the TCE projects 10 years ago, focusing on support to those living with HIV. In the organisation started to implement the “Human Rights in Correctional Facilities” in 8 facilities situated in 6 districts. The focus was to improve the welfare of the inmates through water, sanitation and hygiene improvement and through activities to support those living with HIV.

In 2019, DAPP Zambia implemented the “Incarcerated Populations Rights to a Productive Future is their Human Right” in 3 juvenile facilities; Nakambala Approved School, Katombora Reformatory School in Kazungula, and Insakwe Probation Hostel, and in 8 adult Correctional Facilities in 3 provinces. The project worked closely with partners to conduct the following services:

Systems Strengthening: The project worked with government line ministries to provide support that led to improved responsiveness and effectiveness of interventions for people in conflict with the law. It capacitated facility and DAPP staff in organisational, leadership, and system strengthening. The project also supported Infrastructure development and community engagement for reintegration purposes leading to better operation of rehabilitation processes of inmates.

During Juvenile Conveyance, DAPP provided support to the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to transfer 72 juveniles from adult detention to allocated Approved Schools – a process which is usually slow due to limited resources. 

As an identified NGO service provider, DAPP supported the operationalisation of the Diversion Programme policy in the implementation districts through its already existing structures, to support children with skills and other forms of support as part of the rehabilitation process. This helped to improve the policy as it tries to dispense child justice away from the formal court system to other procedures that enable them to be dealt with by non-judicial bodies.

The project further provided support to the facilities by putting demand on the duty bearers to visit homes of incarcerated juveniles and adult inmates to assess their home conditions. This was to prepare communities for impending reintegration, and hold dialogue meetings as an after-care service support to reduce recidivism.

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