Rwanda Wins Commonwealth Access to Justice Innovation Awards Tatev Gyurjyan March 13, 2024

Rwanda Wins Commonwealth Access to Justice Innovation Awards

We are pleased to announce that Rwanda has been honored with the inaugural  Commonwealth Access to Justice Innovation Awards. The award recognizes Rwanda’s exemplary efforts in enhancing access to legal services for vulnerable populations through two pioneering initiatives: Abunzi (Mediators) Committee Project and the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS).

These innovative projects have contributed to Rwanda’s pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.3, which aims to ensure equal justice for all. The IECMS, launched in 2016, has revolutionized the judicial process by automating procedures and enabling efficient information sharing among institutions, thereby accelerating the delivery of justice.

The awards were presented to Rwanda’s Minister of Justice, Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, by Patricia Scotland, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, during the 2024 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM) held in Zanzibar from March 4-8, 2024.

Dr. Ugirashebuja shared his thoughts on the importance of innovation in the realm of justice. He emphasized the goal of ensuring widespread access to justice and the provision of appropriate means for resolving disputes. He acknowledged the instrumental role of technology in achieving these objectives, noting that the receipt of the award was a welcome acknowledgment of their efforts and success in this domain.

Synergy strongly appreciates the long-term partnership with the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda. This award marks a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts to enhance access to justice.

Synergy International Systems, Inc. (“Synergy”) is a software development and consulting tech company built on hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. Founded in 1997, we have worked in more than 80 countries to help organizations and governments to become more data driven. We are a privately held, 200+ person company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, USA, with a Development and Global Learning Center in Armenia, and offices in the Netherlands and Rwanda. Synergy has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 to certify its Information Security and Quality Management Systems (ISMS and QMS).