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Impact Evaluation of Strengthening Rule of Law Programme (SRLP) in Selected Districts of KP
By: SDPI
Partner: UNDP
Duration: September 2018 – January 2019
Location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Team Members: Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Ms. Rabia Manzoor, Syed Shujaat Ahmed, Masood Ahmed Khattak and Ammaz Khan
Introduction/Background:
The study aims to assess the overall impact of the Strengthening Rule of Law Program (SRLP) in selected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) that include the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the Program.
SRLP is an initiative of UNDP to support to justice system, in particular to judiciary, legal aid, policing and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) in the post-crisis area of Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). For this Program, UNDP has joined hands with Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of Netherlands (EKON), the European Unions (EU) and US-INL in Malakand districts i.e. Swat, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Buner, Chitral, Kohat, Bannu and D.I.Khan. This Program particularly focused on the: i) enhancing access to justice and legal aid, ii) building the capacity of courts for greater service delivery, iii) supporting informal justice mechanisms to provide speedy services, iv) strengthening police and prosecution capacity and v) development of knowledge material and data through research. The SRLP was legally operational since 2011.
SRLP project aimed to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectoral processes. Assistance being provided for institutional and capacity development to rule of law institutions to ensure effective and speedy provision of justice and security services. Moreover, it ensures that services to improve public trust and confidence in justice and security institutions are both swift and effective. It works with informal justice institutions to settle disputes at the community level, and creates the forums for dialogue between formal and informal dispute resolution.
Different Programs have been initiated in Pakistan for strengthening the mechanism of dispute resolution over the years which have showed promising outcome in the form of informal justice mechanisms provide fair and effective services, in accordance with the Pakistan Constitution and human rights standards. Strengthening Rule of Law Program (SRLP) is amongst such initiative which was designed to address gaps in the justice sector. To this effect the SRLP extend supports to institutions responsible for maintain the rule of law and to ensure that justice is accessible, affordable and fair. As such the SRLP engages with all relevant actors at district and provincial levels including the judiciary, police, prosecution, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, bar councils, bar associations and non-governmental organizations.
This study aims to conduct the impact evaluation in order to assess the overall impact Program has made on the state institutions as well as on communities as a result of the achievements made during 2012-18. Through this evaluation, compile lessons learnt from the overall impact made by the Program and extend recommendations facilitating design of next phase of the Program or any related future interventions. This evaluation will help the judiciary, police department, and local government department, prosecution, bar associations, jirgas, and civil society organizations to better support the rule of law entities.
Objectives
  1. To assess the overall impact of SRLP Program during 2012-18 on the state institutions and communities.
  2. To analyse the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability of SRLP Program
  3. To analyse the reflect and learn from what has worked well and what has not
  4. To provide the practical recommendations to improve SRLP program
Activities
1. Survey in selected districts of KP (Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner, Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Chitral)
  • Key Informant Interviews in each districts with relevant stakeholders
  • Focused Group Discussions
  • Beneficiary perception survey of Legal aid services
2. Data Analysis and Report Writing