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Support OECD DAC in-country Consultation on the OECD DAC Handbook on SSR

mandate in Burundi 02/12/2007 - 06/12/2007

The international community active on SSR issues in Burundi initiated this consultation process. Their objective was to increase their capacity and knowledge on how to support SSR processes.

The DAC requested ISSAT assistance on this matter. As this was ISSAT's first mission, it was funded by DCAF, in the spirit of needing to build legitimacy and experience. Further consultations will be held in other countries in Africa (CAR in January and Guinea Bissau in March 2008) which will be led by the ISSAT. 

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Policy and Research Papers

Linking Security System Reform and Armed Violence Reduction: Programming Note

Security System Reform (SSR) and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) share the same objective: to contribute to stability, safety and security as an enabling environment for development. As such, “SSR and AVR are highly complementary and mutually reinforcing” (OECD, 2009, p. 111). Building on the recent OECD policy paper, Armed Violence Reduction: Enabling Development (2009), this note describes how the linkages between AVR and SSR programming can be used effectively in programme design and implementation for donors, policy makers and practitioners, as well as programme managers, practitioners and civil society staff at headquarters and in the field.


Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility

Recognising a need for better, tailored approaches to learning and accountability in conflict settings, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) launched an initiative to develop guidance on evaluating conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities.  The objective of this process has been to help improve evaluation practice and thereby support the broader community of experts and implementing organisations to enhance the quality of conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions. It also seeks to guide policy makers, field and desk officers, and country partners towards a better understanding of the role and utility of evaluations. The guidance  presented in this book provides background on key policy issues affecting donor engagement in settings of conflict and fragility and introduces some of the challenges to evaluation particular to these settings. It then provides step-by-step guidance on the core steps in planning, carrying out and learning from evaluation, as well as some basic principles on programme design and management.

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Guidance on Evaluating Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

This working draft develops guidance on conducting effective evaluations of conflict prevention and peacebuilding work. The current working draft will be used for a one year application phase through 2008. It is the result of an ongoing collaborative project by the OECD DAC Networks on Development Evaluation and on Conflict, Peace and Development Co‐operation (CPDC). The two Networks began this collaboration in 2005, responding to the need expressed by CPDC members for greater clarity regarding techniques and issues of evaluation in their field. An assessment of past conflict and peace evaluations and a study of current practices were undertaken in 2006 and identified a need for further guidance. In 2007 a research piece, “Encouraging Effective Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities: Towards DAC Guidance”, was completed by CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and subsequently published as an input to the development of this guidance.

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Judicial Performance and its Determinants: A Cross-Country Perspective

Well functioning judiciaries are key to economic development. Combining existing information with a newly collected dataset, the paper provides cross-country comparisons of measures of judicial performance, and investigates how cross-country differences in trial length are related to the underlying characteristics of judicial systems.

There is a large cross-country variation in trial length across all instances, which appears to be related to the share of the justice budget devoted to computerisation, the systematic production of statistics the active management of the progress of cases, the presence of specialised commercial courts and the managerial responsibilities assigned to the chief judge. Good quality regulation, is associated with lower litigation, which in turn can shorten trial length. Free negotiation of lawyers’ fees also appears to be associated with lower litigation.

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Rapport de l'OCDE sur la République Centrafricaine

Le présent rapport fait partie de l‘Enquête de Suivi des Principes d‘Engagement dans les États fragiles, présidée par M. Olivier KAMITATU ETSU, ministre du Plan de la République démocratique du Congo et soutenue par le Réseau international sur les situations de conflit et de fragilité (INCAF) du Comité d‘Aide au Développement de l‘Organisation de Coopération et de Développement économiques (OCDE). Ce réseau a pour mission d‘améliorer l‘efficacité de l‘engagement international dans les pays fragiles (