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The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) entrusted ISSAT to conduct a sectoral analysis in three Sahel countries (Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso). ISSAT carried out assessments, elaborated practical tools and developed recommendations related to Security and Justice Sector Reform. Those activities aimed at providing guidance to and fostering the coherence of existing and future projects supported by the European Emergency Trust Fund for Africa(Lake Chad/Sahel Window).
The project’s methodology aimed at designing a shared reference base, which seeked to identify fundamental elements for ensuring the optimal functioning of a security system. On this basis, an evaluation grid was developed and used in field missions in order to assess institutional needs in the security sector. The population’s needs were equally taken into account through perception surveys. An assessment of institutional cooperation in the field of security for each country, on a regional scale and with international partners, was conducted. The outcome of those various steps allowed for the formulation of operational guidance to the European Trust Fund, enhancing consistency and improving the effectiveness of its projects in the Sahel.
The methodological work started on this mandate begining of september 2017. ISSAT brought together a panel of experts including the respresentatives of the consortium formed for this programme (Clingendael, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Civipol Agency, Justice Coopération Internationale and the Belgian Development Agency).
Working sessions were organised including ISSAT experts, the consortium representatives and four regional experts from Senegal, Burkina Faso and Togo who brought with them a strong expertise in justice, governance, internal security and defence sectors. This process lead to the development of the « shared reference base ».
The « shared reference base » is a methodological framework with indicative benchmarks defining a set of basic elements necessary for the functioning of the security and justice sectors. It presents those bechmarks on the technical and conceptual levels. On the basis of this reference base, analytical tools were developped for the mandate field teams to use during their assessment of the relevant services in the target countries.
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The five-year Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform Programme was approved in 2008 by DFID's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and has four programmatic areas:
The Security Sector Development Prgramme is a three-year engagement for the Dutch in Burundi. Its objective is to deepen Netherlands-Burundian cooperation on the development of the Burundian security sector.
Support to three components:
The project supports Albanian State Police to enhance their level of cooperation and partnership with the communities and other civilian actors in order to improve the services and increase the feeling of safety in the community. The project is focused primarily into three major components:
In addition, the project is implementing a Small Grants Scheme mainly on partnership building. The project has started implementation in March 2012 and will run until March 2015, with a total funding of about 2,8 Mil. Euros. The implementing agency is SIPU International AB, a Swedish consultancy firm which cooperates closely with the Albanian Ministry of Interior, Albanian State Police and other important stakeholders.
The Global Programme is committed to creating a more streamlined approach to monitoring and evaluation efforts across country-level projects in order to better assess needs and impact. Key to this will be the development and implementation of project-level monitoring frameworks based on data-driven analysis rather than anecdotal evidence or solely qualitative assessment. The Global Programme seeks to ensure that political economy analysis exercises are carried out on outset of each new project (and on an ad hoc basis as relevant) to assess how actors’ incentives and/or constraints will shape the likelihood of programme success. Additionally, the development of a standardized approach to identifying baselines prior to project implementation and mechanisms to guarantee mid-term and end-of-phase assessments to inform way forward is sought after.
To move this agenda forward, UNDP is partnering with ISSAT to build a coherent and comprehensive evidence base for UNDP’s Global Programme through a series of country-level evaluations culminating in a global findings report, upon which flexible guidelines for strategic monitoring of country-level projects can be based. The evaluations will follow a uniform methodology – albeit adapted to country contexts - and will critically assess the project’s implementation and monitoring efforts and/or the country office’s broader rule of law efforts (e.g. a combination of projects within the rule of law, justice, security and human rights portfolio, including joint work with other UN entities). The development of monitoring guidelines will help UNDP practitioners in the project development or renewal phase to create monitoring framework’s that are grounded in the country-context and speak to project-specific objectives but are also clearly linked to the Global Programme’s Theory of Change and Results Framework. The development and use of these guidelines, along with the consistency of the evaluations and synthesis of the findings, will enable UNDP to better assess the impact of the Global Programme as a whole and adjust programming accordingly.