Iraq - Support to the Rule of Law and Justice Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Iraq
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2012
Completion Date:
07/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
100,000

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Title Iraq - Support to the Rule of Law and Justice Project
Atlas Project Number: 00060142
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Iraq
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2012
Planned End Date: 09/2012
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.1. Parliaments, constitution making bodies and electoral institutions enabled to perform core functions for improved accountability, participation and representation, including for peaceful transitions
  • 2. Output 2.2. Institutions and systems enabled to address awareness, prevention and enforcement of anti-corruption measures across sectors and stakeholders
  • 3. Output 2.3 Capacities of human rights institutions strengthened
  • 4. Output 2.4. Frameworks and dialogue processes engaged for effective and transparent engagement of civil society in national development
  • 5. Output 2.5. Legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions enabled to ensure the conservation, sustainable use, and access and benefit sharing of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems, in line with international conventions and national
  • 6. Output 2.6. Legal reform enabled to fight discrimination and address emerging issues (such as environmental and electoral justice
Evaluation Budget(US $): 100,000
Source of Funding: Project
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
James Freedman Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Iraqi Chief Justice, Minister of Justice and Chairman Iraqi Bar Association
Countries: IRAQ
Comments: end-of-project evaluation of the the 14 million dollar IRAQ - Support to the Rule of Law and Justice Project. It has been implemented in a partnership between the Government of Iraq and two United Nations agencies, UNDP and UNOPS, with funding from the European Commission.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 In order to identify common ground for future collaboration, it is recommended that the UN agencies deliberately and strategically embark on a campaign to build a greater level of trust than exists at present with judiciary partners in Iraq, identifying areas of common concern that will address shared priorities for increasing the efficiency and fairness of the justice system.
2 The emphasis be placed on ways of achieving substantive reforms (as opposed to providing material resources) giving gender equity and human rights greater attention and addressing ways for the disadvantaged to have greater access to legal services. The acquisition of material resources and equipment is perhaps better left to the Government of Iraq.
3 In the medium term, while a greater level of trust is being established, it is recommended that possibilities be explored for support to the judiciary in two areas: 1. Targeted funding for pedagogical resources, specific research endeavors, and development of course syllabi within the Judicial Training Institutes ? one in Baghdad and another in the planning stage in Erbil; 2. Replication of the helpdesk established in Erbil in two other court premises, one in KRG and the other in south and central Iraq.
4 Contracting with international NGOs should be carefully scrutinized and, where possible, national NGOs should be contracted instead, especially where national NGOs are able to more effectively facilitate implementation regionally or locally.
5 The elements of this project have focused largely on the judiciary, specifically on training and facilitating the work of judges in specific courts. Further engagement with the justice sector would benefit by placing an increased emphasis on prosecutors and civil society elements of the justice sector.
6 In the design of future projects, whether they be Rule of Law projects or otherwise, care should be taken to build objectives and activities around a singular focus with coherent and self-reinforcing components avoiding the temptation to cover as many bases as possible.
7 In the event that a project manager post is vacant, responsibilities of a project manager may be assumed by a programme manager but only in exceptional circumstances. The conflation of programme and project managers should in general be avoided.
1. Recommendation: In order to identify common ground for future collaboration, it is recommended that the UN agencies deliberately and strategically embark on a campaign to build a greater level of trust than exists at present with judiciary partners in Iraq, identifying areas of common concern that will address shared priorities for increasing the efficiency and fairness of the justice system.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 - Arrange regular consultations meeting between international partners on key elements of judicial cooperation
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
1.2 - Use the Rule of Law International Policy committee (RIPC) as a forum for enhanced coordination
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
2. Recommendation: The emphasis be placed on ways of achieving substantive reforms (as opposed to providing material resources) giving gender equity and human rights greater attention and addressing ways for the disadvantaged to have greater access to legal services. The acquisition of material resources and equipment is perhaps better left to the Government of Iraq.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1.- Promote cost sharing agreements with the GoI by which equipment costs will be borne by the GoI
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
2.2. Develop programme and projects which primarily focuses on the provision of technical support and strategic guidance.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
3. Recommendation: In the medium term, while a greater level of trust is being established, it is recommended that possibilities be explored for support to the judiciary in two areas: 1. Targeted funding for pedagogical resources, specific research endeavors, and development of course syllabi within the Judicial Training Institutes ? one in Baghdad and another in the planning stage in Erbil; 2. Replication of the helpdesk established in Erbil in two other court premises, one in KRG and the other in south and central Iraq.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Enhance partnerships with those institutions that are responsible for legal education in Iraq and further identify their needs and priorities for development.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2013/01 Completed History
3.2Develop projects and proposals to support legal education in Iraq and the extension of the legal help desk model which has been piloted in KRG
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2013/01 Completed History
3.3 Targeting new partners such as Iraqi Bar Association and Civil Society Orgs.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2013/01 Completed History
4. Recommendation: Contracting with international NGOs should be carefully scrutinized and, where possible, national NGOs should be contracted instead, especially where national NGOs are able to more effectively facilitate implementation regionally or locally.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 In Future Request or Proposal to be advertised, make every possible efforts to give priority to national NGOs. If no national capacities exist, ask that international NGOS partner with a local one to develop their capacities.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed This future approach is welcomed by KRG and being tested in central and south Iraq. History
4.2 Strengthen coordination with those UNDP (or other partner) programme which seek to develop capacities of Iraqi NGOs
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
4.3 Before undertaking any major activity, consider the realization of a mapping of those local organizations which could be become partners for the project, including through the issuance of an "expression for interest"
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
5. Recommendation: The elements of this project have focused largely on the judiciary, specifically on training and facilitating the work of judges in specific courts. Further engagement with the justice sector would benefit by placing an increased emphasis on prosecutors and civil society elements of the justice sector.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Develop projects and proposals to support prosecutors and enhance the role of CSOs in supporting the delivery of justice
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2013/06 Completed History
5.2 Through existing projects aimed at supporting NGOs, develop the capacities of some of them which have dedicated expertise and experience on judicial issues.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2013/06 Completed History
5.3 Identifying New partners will be targeted such as Iraqi Bar Association and Civil Society Orgs
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL Team 2012/10 Completed History
6. Recommendation: In the design of future projects, whether they be Rule of Law projects or otherwise, care should be taken to build objectives and activities around a singular focus with coherent and self-reinforcing components avoiding the temptation to cover as many bases as possible.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Arrange a mission by UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery to support the RoL team to develop a sound, consistent and integrated RoL strategy and coherent vision.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
Governance Pillar 2013/03 Completed History
6.2 Arrange constant and closer discussions with beneficiaries and local counterparts to better integrate local and national priorities in future concepts and ProDoc.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL and Senior Management 2012/10 Completed History
7. Recommendation: In the event that a project manager post is vacant, responsibilities of a project manager may be assumed by a programme manager but only in exceptional circumstances. The conflation of programme and project managers should in general be avoided.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/10/01]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 improve Human Resource planning in order to avoid the vacancy of the project manager position.
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL/HR 2012/10 Completed History
7.2 Develop the capacity of other project staff to take over the function of project manager until one is recruited
[Added: 2012/10/01] [Last Updated: 2017/11/20]
RoL / HR 2012/10 Completed History

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