International Security and Justice Programming Review: What works?

18/03/2015 - 02/06/2015

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OECD-DAC member states have developed their capacities for engaging with S&J work. This includes:

  • defining policies (EU/EC, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, UK and US),
  • the development of standing capacities (such as the UK stabilisation unit or police deployment capabilities);
  • the development of cross–government coordination mechanisms, specific training and funding support. 

For many donors, project reporting systems often struggle to articulate the successes and failures of Security and Justice (S&J) programmes beyond immediate outputs. In part, this is because progress in security and justice reform is often lengthy, carried out in very complex contexts, and is very dependent on national political direction from outside the development field.

Nonetheless, many donors have commissioned evaluations and reviews of individual programmes and many examples of good practice exist. Department for International Development (DFID) would like to work with ISSAT to start the process of synthesising these lessons, identifying good practice and helping donors to learn from each other.

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The UK requires a draft review report no later than the 5th of May, with the final report being due by the 2nd of June. The report should be no longer than 30 pages.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The UK has requested a study of donor programmes engaged in S&J assistance across the last five years. Priority will be given to programmes engaging with ministries, police, armed forces, and formal judicial systems. 

The study will:

  • Provide an initial assessment of the extent to which policies define programming priorities and interventions;
  • Identify evidence of good practice and explore reasons for their success;
  • Identify any clusters of programming (e.g. police) and any gaps in security and justice programming by OECD-DAC countries;
  • Recommend areas for further research and analysis.

The objective of this mandate, therefore, is to conduct a review to start gathering and collating evidence of what has worked during security and justice programming, drawing on global evidence and donor programme documents & reviews available to ISSAT.

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