Helpdesk Research Report: Evidence on Establishment of the ‘Rule of Law’ through Deliberate Interventions

Cross-country evaluations show that different types of rule of law reform programmes have had disappointing, limited or no impacts on the establishment of rule of law. Recurring issues around the design and implementation of international rule of law interventions are reported by different donors, in different countries and sectors. A common criticism is that rule of law reform does not take into account the importance of domestic political commitment to reform. A number of evaluations point out that short-term interventions are unlikely to lead to sustainable establishment of rule of law. More investment in the monitoring and evaluation of results is needed. 

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