Programme Cycle

General Description

There are a lot of different methodologies available to help structure aid and capacity building programming. ISSAT has adapted existing programme cycle guidance and developed further methodologies for security, justice and governance programming.

ISSAT’s project cycle management methodologies give a systematic approach that can be adapted to the context and objective, but nonetheless provide a structure enabling personnel coming from diverse backgrounds can effectively work together as a team.

Security, justice and governance reform is inherently a highly sensitive and political process. The extent of political will to undertake security and justice development must be understood. Donor programming must not just focus on technical issues and institutional capacity building, but include political dynamics, individual influences, informal networks and actors.

These challenges are exacerbated in fragile or conflict-affected environments in which security and justice support is often undertaken. The nature and number of personnel, the levels of organizational capacity, the effectiveness of the security and justice institutions, the activities of non-state security and justice providers, and the security and justice needs of the population, are often not clearly known. The tension between the numbers of top priorities and limited resources often calls for a careful appreciation of the consequences when balancing between immediate capacity development and long-term reform.

As a result, the below guidance should not be take in a linear form without unpacking the complexity of the environment and choosing the best suited approach.

The five areas where ISSAT has developed guidance are: