Politically Smart and Locally Led Justice Programming: Learning From Other Sectors

This briefing draws on a workshop held by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Law and Development Partnership (LDP) in September 2014 which brought together representatives from donor, practitioner and researcher communities. The purpose was to share and learn from like-minded organisations and to consider the implications for the justice sector, where these ways of working are still relatively incipient. We first set out here what politically smart, locally led programming entails. From this, we distil a number of operational principles emerging from programmes applying these approaches across a range of sectors. We then turn specifically to justice programming: what is unique about working in the justice sector and why politically smart, locally led efforts are critical to achieving success. Finally, we provide a set of recommendations for funders and implementers undertaking justice programming that can help deliver more politically smart, locally led ways of working. 

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