Workshop supports communication in justice institutions

Felisberta Moniz Da Silva of UNDP’s Media Office works with members of the Public Defenders’ Office at the recent Communications Workshop. Photo: Joana Saraiva/UNDP Timor-Leste

Dili – Twelve staff from the Public Prosecution Service and the Public Defender’s Office participated in a workshop on Communication and Public Information held on 24 and 25 September at the UN House. The event, hosted by UNDP’s Justice System Programme (JSP) and held with support from UNDP Media and Communications Unit, aimed at enhancing understanding on the importance of institutional communication and improving knowledge on story writing and basic photography. (Lee versaun Tetun iha ne'e)

Highlight

  • The two-day workshop was aimed at building the capacity of 12 staff from the Public Prosecution Service and the Public Defender’s Office in the area of Communication and Public Information, and will be followed by mentoring and specialized support.
  • Enhancing justice sector’s institutions capacity and planning on Communication and Public Information helps improve effectiveness, efficiency and transparency, and promotes broader access to justice.

Most of the participants serve as focal points for communication and public information in their institutions, and will apply the knowledge shared in their day-to-day work.

“With this workshop we were able to increase our knowledge to better support our institution’s efforts on sharing information about its role, activities and developments”, said Esmeralda Gusmão da Silva, one of the participants from the Public Prosecution Service.

During the workshop, five photographic cameras were donated to facilitate the work of focal points, especially in the districts outside of the capital of Dili. Stories and pictures will be used to feed the institutions’ websites and newsletters, and trainees will receive follow-up mentoring. In the Prosecution Service, the workshop was the first step on the implementation of a communication plan, developed with UNDP support, to promote more coordinated and institutionalized practices in communication and outreach.

Communication is an important resource to guarantee effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of public institutions. Through this initiative, JSP is helping both institutions increase transparency and access to information of their functioning, role and mandate.

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