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Development Professionals Inc. 

Institutional Qualifications Statement

On May 7, 2014 DPI was awarded a subcontract from Chemonics to work on the USAID Kosovo funded project called Advancing Kosovo Together.  (AKT) is a three-year activity that aims to increase constructive inter-ethnic cooperation and interaction, primarily between the Kosovo Albanian majority and Kosovo Serb non-majority population, which is vital to the security and stability of the Balkans. The program works in partnership with municipalities and other Government partners to support the engagement of targeted communities. USAID has allocated $7.5 million for the implementation of the Advancing Kosovo Together.

The Advancing Kosovo Together program is envisioned to implement activities and target beneficiary communities in 16 partner Kosovo municipalities, including Gračanica/Graçanicë, Klokot/Kllokot, Novo Brdo/Novobërdë, Parteš/Partesh, Ranilug/Ranillug, Štrpce/Shtërpcë; Gjilan/Gnjilane, Istog/Istok, Klinë/Klina, Obiliq/Obilić, Pejë/Peć, Vushtrri/Vučitrn, North Mitrovica/Mitrovica e Veriut, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Zubin Potok/Zubin Potok, and Zvečan/Zveçan.

USAID’s Advancing Kosovo Together program supports the following four objectives:

  • Improve autonomous, horizontal communication between Kosovo/Albanian and non-majority communities and the GOK and non majority communities
  • Improve economic opportunities in target municipalities;
  • Increase the efficiency and capacity of target municipal administrations to respond to the needs of all their citizens; and
  • Using local partners, build the capacity of host country organizations by leveraging local, cross-ethnic leadership to implement program objectives 

 

CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW (CSI.ROL) IN SRI LANKA

Civil Society Strengthening:  In October 2014 proThe CSI.ROL project, representing the new approach of USAID, is building the capacity of local civil society organizations to promote rule of law reform in Sri Lanka. CSI.ROL is strengthening the advocacy and training capacities of the Sri Lankan Bar Association (BASL), the Legal Aid Commission (LAC), and several leading NGOs. CSI.ROL is a three-year, $3.9 million program that began in September 2013.

Legal Empowerment/Access to Justice: CSI.ROL reflects a new emphasis on legal empowerment through the expansion and improved access of legal services to marginalized communities, particularly women and children and ethnic minorities who have been the most adversely affected by the civil war and the post conflict policies, particularly with regard to land and inheritance rights.

Evidence Based Advocacy: CSI.ROL uses an evidence-based approach to identify problems and assist stakeholders develop locally based solutions to the most pressing problems facing Sri Lankan citizens today. A National Survey on Perception of Justice System was conducted in July and August that revealed a low level of confidence in the legal profession, with lawyers ranking lower than judges and police. The public perceives (and lawyers validate) that lawyers are a major source of court delays and inefficiency. The results of the survey will be discussed at the National Law Conference in March and in a series of provincial roundtables to gain grassroots support from within the Bar for legal reform, and to generate ideas for reform. The findings will also inform the Bar’s strategic plan being developed with CSI.ROL grantee ABA ROLI/Asia.

Public Private Partnerships: CSI.ROL is partnering with MAS Holdings, a garment manufacturer and major exporter; Women in Need (WIN), a prominent NGO; the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka; and Government Health Services to co fund comprehensive 

legal and health services to the mostly female MAS employees, many of whom are victims of domestic violence. CSI.ROL also co funded with a private donor the renovation of the Bar Association’s auditorium to be used for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training and to become a new income generating training and event facility to support the Bar’s future sustainability.

Improving the Quality and Delivery of Justice: Continuing Legal Education courses have been developed and conducted on the use of Forensics in the Criminal System, and on Migration and Trafficking. A revamped Criminal Defense training was also launched. For Year 2 the following new CLE are being developed: 1) Legal Advocacy Skills TOT, 2) ICT and social media, 3) Interactive Ethics training, and 4) Gender Based Violence and rights of women and children.

Legal Aid Commission trial skills: CSI.ROL is developing training on trial court skills to help LAC lawyers on the issues they face everyday in the field. The training will address: how to draft complaints, answers and other pleadings, pre-trial procedure, oral argument and execution of judgment. The training manual will cover civil procedure, family law, accident cases, landlord/tenant, and defamation. Twenty to thirty lawyers will be trained in each of the 9 provinces.

Human Rights: CSI.ROL grantee, Lawyers for Human Rights Development (LHRD), is conducting prison legal aid clinics to consult with prison inmates. To date, they have brought 11 fundamental rights cases on behalf of inmates who have been in prison more then 5 years without being charged. CSI.ROL is also supporting two NGOs, Women in Need (WIN) and the Center for Women and Development (CWD), to provide legal aid to women who are victims of GBV, conduct sensitization programs for state administrative officials and conduct training programs for mediators on GBV.

 

IMPACT EVALUATION/ USAID BANGALADESH

DPI was awarded a subcontract under a BRIDGE task order to provide monitoring and evaluation and program design services to USAID Bangladesh for several existing and anticipated projects. 

The objectives of the project were as follows:

  • Develop and deliver a final impact evaluation of the Leaders of Influence Project, a 40$ million dollar project with the aim of educating Imam’s in Bangladesh about U.S. culture and history.
  • Develop and deliver a full impact evaluation of the 18$ million USAID funded PROGATI anti-corruption project.
  • Design and develop a rule of law strategy for the USAID mission that was used to guide the USAID mission in developing its justice sector programming for the next 5 years.

The evaluations and rule of law strategic analysis were conducted simultaneously with a team of seven expatriates. The team included former Ambassador Jim Michel as the Chief of Party; DPI President Natalija Stamenkovic served as the Deputy Chief of Party.  Senior evaluation specialists included Krish Merschod, Bill Millsap and Steve Stroback.   The team also included USAID Washington’s DCHA/DG Rule of Law Specialist Keith Crawford. 

The team delivered the following report to the USAID Mission in Bangladesh with a follow-up presentation to the DCHA/DG office and the USAID Asia Bureau. A copy of the report can be (downloaded) here. 

 

IMPACT EVALUATION/ USAID LEBANON

The purpose of this contract was to evaluate the USAID/Lebanon’s Citizen Access to Justice and Independence of the Judiciary Project. This evaluation was conducted in Beirut, Tyre, and Tripoli in 2010 by DPI President Natalija Stamenkovic six months prior to the end of the project. The Scope of Work of this evaluation contained three major tasks:  to evaluate the PMP results, goal achievements and overall programmatic impact of the project with relevant findings to be documented in a report which would be provided to NCSC and the USAID Mission in Lebanon.  The evaluation resulted in an extensive report (DOWNLOAD REPORT) which provided an overall review of the projects achievements and programmatic impact of the five year project in Lebanon. 

 

Project Background

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Increased Responsiveness in the Legal System Project (IRLSP) to Development Professionals Inc. (DPI). DPI is a small women-owned business located in the Washington DC area that implements rule of law reforms in developing countries by applying a holistic approach that empowers citizens. The IRLSP is a 30 month project to be implemented from November 2012 to May 2015.

The IRLSP is designed to assist the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL), the Judicial Services Commission and the judiciary to improve the management and the efficacy of the legal system and improve access to justice for Sri Lankan citizens. The project will support the institutional capacity development of the Ministry of Justice, the Judges Training Institute and the Legal Aid Commission. The GSL’s commitment to investing and improve the Sri Lankan justice system is the basis for USAID funding though the IRLSP. USAID will support the GSL to implement programs that build the capacity of Sri Lanka partners and enable them to improve their capacity to deliver higher quality services, strengthen the technical knowledge of judges and non-judicial officer, and improve access to justice for communities. These activities will serve to build public confidence in the justice system and improve the administration of justice in Sri Lanka. 

 

Project Components

The IRLSP will support the institutional capacity development of the Ministry of Justice, the Judges Training Institute and the Legal Aid Commission with three components designed to: 

 

  • Component 1:  Improve the capacity of the target institutions in the legal system to higher quality services
  • Component 2:  Strengthen the technical knowledge of judges and non-judicial officers
  • Component 3:  Improve access to justice for communities in lagging regions  

 

Expected Results

IRLSP will build long-term capacity of partner institutions and increase their ability to deliver new tools and skills that will improve competencies within the Sri Lankan legal system. Ultimately the IRLSP interventions should benefit citizens, litigants, witnesses, victims of crimes and the Sri Lankan society as a whole. 

 

BACKGROUND     

The Judicial Reform & Government Accountability Project (JRGA) is a five year ($21million) project awarded by USAID to the National Center for State Courts, Development Professionals Inc (DPI) and Management Systems International (MSI) partnered with NCSC in Serbia and is currently implementing the project.  

 

Judicial Reform

The Project assists the Republic of Serbia in improving the efficiency and transparency of the administration of justice, increasing court responsiveness to the needs of justice system users, and in increasing public awareness of the roles and responsibilities of courts. Through direct project assistance to the Administrative Court, Higher Misdemeanor Court, and 45 Misdemeanor Courts, JRGA works to promote open, efficient, and responsive court operation, and to strengthen leadership and management functions.

 

Government Accountability

The Project assists the Republic of Serbia in strengthening the capacity of independent agencies and civil society organizations to promote open, accountable, and efficient government, fight corruption and poor administrative practices, and generate public demand for and participation in good governance. The Project supports the Anti-Corruption Agency, Ombudsperson, State Audit Institution, and Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection. Among other things, the Project provides technical assistance to the Anti-Corruption Agency to perform its role in overseeing conflicts of interest, income and asset disclosure, and election and political party finance.

 

General Principles

The design and delivery of JRGA activities promote local ownership to ensure sustainable impact of project investments. JRGA also promotes gender equity and broad civil society involvement. Project activities mainstream gender equity concerns. The Project’s Grants Program funds civil society initiatives to support and advocate for improvements in the rule of law, encourage a culture of respect for rule of law, and promote good governance, government integrity, and anti-corruption measures.

USAID’s JRGA Project is a five-year, 21.8 million USD initiative implemented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) with support from Management Systems International and Development Professionals, Inc.

 

DPI is responsible for implementing Component 1 of the Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project by providing supervision and guidance to a staff of local nationals who will assist with the implementation of specific tasks. 

Main responsibilities and tasks will be to assist the GoS to make the administration of justice more efficient, transparent and responsive to the needs of their users, and to increase public awareness about the improvements. DPI is coordinating assistance, developing uniform best practices for expansion into multiple courts, and promoting the policy making changes necessary to improve operations of the Courts.

 

DPI is currently initiating a Model Courts Program for both the Administrative Court and the Misdemeanor courts that will strengthen court leadership and management, train judges and court staff to become better managers and implement key reforms in their courts. In turn, this will have two distinct impacts: (1) operational improvements in the model courts and (2) identification of best practices that serve as clear standards and can be implemented system-wide.

DPI’s assistance is providing the Model Courts in Serbia with technical assistance to:

  • Administrative Courts – open hearings, reductions of case backlog, quality court information services for court users;
  • High/Misdemeanor Courts – open hearings, reductions of case backlog, increased collections of court costs/fines, increased safety for victims of family/domestic violence, better coordination of cases/issues involving family violence, increased competency of judges (and court staff), and improved reputation among court-users/public (outreach)

Serbia became a candidate for EU accession in 2011 and is engaging in far-reaching reform and modernization efforts to achieve future European integration. The Project team continues to offer technical assistance, training and material assistance to enable counterparts to achieve European standards in the administration of justice and government transparency

 

BACKGROUND

The Justice Sector Support Program was awarded to the National Center for State Courts and Development Professionals Inc. (as a sub contractor) as a twenty-one month project funded by USAID in South Africa.  The JSSP works in partnership with key justice sector stakeholders to support and augment several justice sector reform initiatives characterized by two broad goals towards:

 

  • Strengthening court administration and case flow management to provide for accessible, timely and fair justice to the citizens of South Africa; and
  • Strengthening the effectiveness of the prosecution and adjudication of sexual offences cases, and the ability of courts to better manage cases of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) fairly and sensitively.

 

CASE MANAGEMENT

JSSP provides technical assistance to the judiciary in the implementation of a robust semi-automated case flow management system (ICMF) to advance a consistent and shared administrative and judicial management practice for South African courts. To this end, the JSSP facilitated a learning exchange and study tour for nine representatives of the judiciary and a representative from Court Services to the USA in December 2010.

The JSSP further seeks to augment this process of shared experience, and recently hosted an ICFM seminar, entitled “Prompt and Accessible Justice for South Africa” delivered by David Steelman, a case flow management specialist, who together with Jim McMillan, NCSC Case Management Information Systems specialist, visited South Africa to undertake a review of current ICFM practice.  The seminar was organized by the Regional Office of the Department of Justice in KwaZulu Natal and was attended by several judges, magistrates, prosecutors, public defenders, police services and other key justice sector stakeholders. Evident from the discussions during the seminar was the need for greater learning and engagement to advance ICFM dialogue and practice within the courts.

 

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

DPI’s role in JSSP focused on providing technical assistance to the Sexual Offenses and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  During the life of this project, DPI will provide a complete analysis of judicial decisions relating to sex based crimes and provide training for prosecutors on how to effectively conduct Prosecutor Guided Investigations in sex offense cases.  The project will also work closely with South African NGO’s to create a more comprehensive training curriculum for court intermediaries that are responsible for interviewing child victims of rape during a trail.  Task 5 of the project is The Judicial Leadership Initiative, the focus of which is to provide training to the judiciary on how to effectively engage young men in dialogue with the purpose of preventing rape.  The project was supported with a U.S. Study Tour that was organized by DPI, which was used to reinforce the technical assistance delivered during the project.

 

The Justice Project (Project) in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) is a fourth generation project in a succession of justice sector projects carried out by USAID in BiH. The country has undergone an intense transformation of the judiciary with massive international mentoring and assistance. Despite this, international donors neglected the role of prosecutors. This imbalance began to hinder the judicial reform process and created instability. To address these issues USAID awarded the Justice Project, a 5 year $9.4 million project, to DPI (with our joint venture firm Millennium DPI) in September 2014. The Project focuses on three major components: 1. Strengthening the Professional Status and Performance of Prosecutors, 2. Improving the Efficiency and Enforcement of Judgments; and 3. Strengthening Justice Sector Institutions to Uphold Public Integrity and Combat Corruption. The Project workplan has just been approved allowing implementation to begin in these areas:

As a sub-contractor to (TtDPK) DPI is implementing The Promoting the Rule of Law Project (PRLP) in Myanmar.  DPI’s role will be to support TtDPK in the development of a national rule of law strategy, more participatory and effective legislative drafting and policymaking, strong judicial self-governance, and enhanced capacity of rule of law civil society organizations. A three-year (two option years) project, PRLP will have a strong focus on enhancing rule of law in peripheral communities of Myanmar and building linkages between these communities and central governance and justice institutions.

 

Objective 1 / Component 2, promote implementation of a legal framework supportive of rule of law:

  • Organize international legislative analyses and relevant experts to provide capacity building support to justice sector officials involved in legislative vetting and training; 
  • Provide experts for targeted professional development activities with justice sector officials in areas to be determined over the life of the project;
  • Provide an expert to help address gaps in gender-related laws and policies (as needed).

 

Objective 1 / Component 3, support judicial self-governance and judicial reform:

  • Provide experts to conduct training to judges, court officials, and court staff in in targeted topics as needed such as case management, media skills/engagement, alternative dispute resolution, access to justice, public information, electronic evidence, intellectual property disputes, land rights/property tenure, and laws governing extractive industries;
  • As directed by the Contractor, lead, coordinate, and take care of all the administrative and logistical support for the implementation of study tours to regional destinations on justice sector topics to be determined.

 

Objective 2, increase legal literacy, access to justice and the participation of marginalized populations in target regions/states:

  • Provide experts to train/coach and build technical capacity of rule of law-related CSOs in targeted areas e.g., ADR, victims’ assistance, legal aid, legal and policy analysis, gender analysis and gender-responsive planning, legislative drafting, applying international human rights standards.

 

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LEBANON

IMPACT EVALUATION/ USAID LEBANON The purpose of this contract was to evaluate the USAID/Lebanon’s Citizen...

SOUTH AFRICA

BACKGROUND The Justice Sector Support Program was awarded to the National Center for State Courts...

BANGALADESH

IMPACT EVALUATION/ USAID BANGALADESH DPI was awarded a subcontract under a BRIDGE task order to...

SRI LANKA

Project Background The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Increased Responsiveness...

SERBIA

BACKGROUND The Judicial Reform & Government Accountability Project (JRGA) is a five year ($21million) project...

CSI.ROL IN SRI LANKA

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On May 7, 2014 DPI was awarded a subcontract from Chemonics to work on the...

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JUSTICE PROJECT IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

JUSTICE PROJECT IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

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Institutional Qualifications Statement

Development Professionals Inc. Institutional Qualifications Statement

Natalija Stamenkovic President  Development Professionals Inc.