Supporting Access to Justice for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

In 2020, there were more than 122,000 reported cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in Colombia. The country has also seen a rise in femicides in recent years. Since January 2022, the USAID Inclusive Justice Activity has been trying to improve Colombian citizens’ trust in the justice system by increasing access to justice services and reducing…

In Conversation with Joy Kiiru: Connecting Research and Evidence to Policy 

“Research enables us to identify how best to address the challenges that impact society. The good thing is that governments are starting to acknowledge the potential for research to drive national development.” Joy is unequivocal, and her belief in her work is easy to see. “This is my passion: ensuring that evidence can impact policy…

Final Report: Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program

Haiti needed a functional justice system for its citizens to emancipate economic development and lift Haiti out of extreme poverty To do so, JSSP used strategies with various stakeholders to adopt a modernized Haitian penal procedural code, replacing the outdated 1835 version. Legislations to accompany the code, such as the laws on prosecutors, and the…

Improving Sri Lanka’s Justice System

Despite its rich legal and judicial traditions and highly experienced professionals in the justice sector, Sri Lanka faces delayed justice delivery, insufficient communication, lack of human resources, and limited training opportunities for professional development. These challenges have undermined public confidence in the justice system and fueled the government’s desire to improve it and align it…

Final Report: Strengthening Public Accountability in Parliament (Damal)

Somalia has experienced decades of insecurity and the absence of a formal government since the collapse of the state in 1991. Since 2012, and the passing of the provisional constitution and establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia, the country has made slow but steady progress towards fostering good governance, establishing legal frameworks based in…

Final Report: Support to Four State Assemblies in Somalia

The Somalia Stability Fund launched the Support to Four State Assemblies in Somalia (Gole-Kaab) project in 2018 to support the state assemblies of Jubbaland, South West State, Hirshabelle, Galmudug, and Puntland. The project improved legislative processes, increased oversight on the executive branch, strengthened relations between members of parliament (MPs) and constituents, established effective secretariats, increased…

Stepping Up Public Accountability in Somalia

Somalia faces heightened public scrutiny as its government manages $92 million of E.U. budget support while striving to meet International Monetary Fund performance benchmarks. Its ability to adopt sound fiscal policy and improve financial governance will determine its eligibility for debt relief. At this critical juncture, the Federal Parliament of Somalia must strengthen its financial…

Introducing the Rule of Law in Myanmar

Myanmar’s legal tradition is a unique combination of family customary law, codified English common law, and recent Myanmar legislation. In the five years since it embarked on its political transition, following the military government takeover and reorganization of courts, Myanmar continues to face a breadth of development challenges. Some of these include widespread poverty, an…

Modernizing the Sri Lankan Judicial System

To modernize Sri Lanka’s justice system, the USAID Coherent, Open, Responsive, and Effective Justice (CORE Justice) program strengthened the performance of core justice sector institutions and actors through supporting digitization and automation, continuing legal education, as well as organizational and individual skill building. Working in close collaboration with key stakeholders in the judiciary, government, legal…

John Johnson

John Johnson is a former democracy and governance director in Chemonics’ Asia region. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany, master’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in African studies, and a bachelor’s degree in government.