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).
31 Jan and 1 Feb 2017: Conduct two days of training on SSR as part of the German General Staff Course (OF3 level - majors) on operational-level planning and leadership. The course will prepare the students to perform roles and responsibilities as planners on the operational level. They will thus be able to fulfill their specific duties in the upcoming exercises at the College against the background of the CERASIA scenario.
- 16 February 2017: Receive the annual visit from the Staff College to DCAF. Up to 15 OF3 will take part in the visit to International Geneva.
The German government has initiated a consultation process in preparation for its new inter-agency guidelines on crisis engagement and peacebuilding. As part of this consultation process, the collaborative research centre (SFB 700) "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood" at the Freie Universität Berlin will bring together experts from civil society, academia, practice and policy for a debate on how to improve Germany’s future engagement in supporting security and justice sector reforms in view of the inherent challenges of state-building.
ISSAT has been invited to provide input for a working group on how to locate the 'line of best fit' for supporting effective and legitimate security and justice sectors, and to be a resource person for this working group.
ISSAT, jointly with Germany, will develop comprehensive mappings of donor support to SSR in Nigeria and Mali. In Mali, the mapping will focus on the criminal justice chain, including accountability. In Nigeria, the mapping will look at both the security forces and the criminal justice chain, also including accountability. With the aim of further building German SSR capacity, a joint Germany-ISSAT team will develop the methodology and undertake the mappings.
The methodology will be finalised during a one/two-day workshop at ISSAT in Geneva. This will be followed by a desk review and telephone interviews, exploiting ISSAT’s network across bilateral donors and multilateral actors, and building on already existing material. The findings will then be consolidated with a 10-day field mission to each country that will involve donors, implementing partners of SSR projects and international NGOs, as well as national institutions of the security and justice sector, including relevant ministries. The subsequent reports will then be shared by the joint Germany-ISSAT team across the international community active in the countries through an in-situ workshop that could also include discussions on how to further consolidate international support.