ISSAT and UNDP have established a partnership, since 2016 and until 2020, to jointly work towards establishing a coherent evidence base for Rule of Law programming. Through the roll-out of a wide, country-level evaluation process, the aim is to establish a lesson learning system to ensure that innovative practices, niches of good practice, examples of potential impact and shared challenges are systematically collected, analysed and fed into the programming process. The evaluations follow a uniformed methodology, albeit adapted to country contexts, and critically assess the project’s implementation and monitoring efforts and/or the country office’s broader rule of law efforts.
UNDP has requested that DCAF-ISSAT evaluate the 2015-2017 phase of the Jordan country programme “Community Security and Access to Justice” as part of this series of evaluations. This evaluation will build upon the evidence base developed in the first evaluation of this series, of the Guinea-Bissau programme. It will start the process of understanding the range of UNDP activities occurring under the Global Programme, and thus contribute to the development of the strategic guidance on result reporting and monitoring at the global level (the mandate will also include the extraction of findings from the Jordan evaluation to feed into the strategic monitoring framework).
The course will bring together approximately 25 participants who wish to develop key skills and competencies for future field deployment in Peace Support Operations. The target audience includes military personnel from various countries (in past years e.g. Switzerland, Thailand, China, Jordan, Algeria, Serbia and Kazakhstan).
In conflict-prone regions such as the Middle East where conflict trends seem to be cyclical and undermine long-term reform efforts and institution building, security sector reform (SSR) is perceived to be a risky endeavour. However, SSR has been repeatedly anchored in international policy and programming as a prevention tool that aims to build institutional and community resilience. Building legitimate, representative security and justice institutions has been linked to contributing to consolidating peace. As a result, such contexts sometimes witness a surge in SSR programming without shared knowledge of what has been achieved and where are the gaps.
This can lead to duplication of efforts and burdening of national actors. Joint mappings of donor-supported reform programmes should facilitate coordination amongst donors, stronger alignment with national strategies and visions and facilitate a higher contribution to aid effectiveness.
ISSAT will continue to facilitate multi-donor mappings to enable greater coordination in contexts of shared interest by its Governing Board Members and help maximise the overall impact of donor engagement in reforming countries.
ISSAT’s support is requested to conduct a mapping study of SSR programmes ongoing in 4 countries in the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq). The mapping will look at security and justice reform programmes including access to justice and legal empowerment. It will also look at emerging thematic area support, including accountability, prevention of violent extremism, migration and other context specific challenges.