We promote the rule of law by improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of justice systems and relying on capacity building, training, expert analysis, and process streamlining. We work with the private and nonprofit sectors to improve accountability and ethics and public confidence in courts. We also provide technical support for alternative dispute resolution, justice sector reforms, and case management systems, as well as in assessment and design of security sector governance projects.
Rule of Law and Security Sector Strengthening.
Non-State Justice System Programming Training
This training explains how to design, implement, and monitor rule of law programs that include support for community-level non-state justice systems.
Rule of Law: Designing and Implementing Court Automation Projects
This video is intended to assist USAID Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Officers (DRG) and other practitioners in designing and implementing court automation projects.
Security Sector Assistance Training
This video explains best practices on how USAID helps shape partner nation’s policies and actions in the security sector to build the capacity and effectiveness of legitimate institutions to provide security and safety for people.
Youth in Conflict-Affected Areas
The USAID Human Rights Activity increases the capacity of governments and local organizations to promote human rights and protect vulnerable populations. Chief of Party Kelly Brooks shares insights on youth development in Colombia.
People-Centered Justice in Kosovo
Sourcing and implementing citizen-centered rule-of-law solutions will help promote public trust in Kosovo’s justice system.
Reducing Crime and Restoring Trust in Mexico
Addressing root causes of violence in Mexico is key to reducing crime and restoring citizens’ trust.
Increasing Access to Justice and Enhancing the Rule of Law in Rwanda
Access to justice is a crucial factor for Rwanda in combating poverty, promoting peaceful resolution of disputes, and enhancing the rule of law.
Introducing the Rule of Law in Myanmar
Building a transparent and inclusive justice sector is a critical step to improving legal rights for Myanmar’s people in the wake of recent political transition.
Improving Information Sharing and Coordination in Ghana’s Justice Sector
Better coordination between justice sector institutions in Ghana is needed to reduce delays in prosecution. A case tracking system is making a difference.
Modernizing the Sri Lankan Judicial System
As Sri Lanka transitions to a more inclusive and democratic society, its government is reinforcing principles of judicial independence, accountability, and efficiency.
Reforming the Justice System in Indonesia
Reforms to the Indonesian justice system are bringing positive changes to the Supreme Court and Attorney General’s Office.
Ensuring Sustainable Peace in Colombia
An effective, inclusive, and responsive justice system is essential to Colombia’s peace process, especially in conflict-affected regions.
Indonesian Supreme Court Improves Public Information Services
From May 2010 through May 2014, a USAID project is cooperating with the Indonesian Supreme Court and Attorney General’s Office to increase transparency and accountability in the Indonesian justice system.
Combatting Human Trafficking During COVID-19
Human traffickers prey on people in crisis, and the global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health restrictions have left many people desperate for necessities and vulnerable to deceptive and unscrupulous economic exploitation. At least in Myanmar, people are becoming increasingly desperate for employment and are willing to overlook known risks of…
The Work You May Not Know You’re Doing and How To Do It Better
Author’s Note: We drafted this blog post and scheduled it to publish before the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests for justice and reform. Our original intention was to highlight the importance of security sector reform (SSR) work for international development programs. We believe that the recent events in the United States related…
A New Solution for Advancing Criminal Justice in Latin America
Nearly half of Latin American countries rank among the nations with the highest impunity scores worldwide, suggesting that criminal justice systems lack resources to prosecute and try crimes effectively in a context of widespread crime and violence. Yet, Latin America has the partners, the resources, and the interest to tap one promising solution to the…
3 Questions with Paola Pelletier: Justice for the Most Vulnerable in the Dominican Republic
Why is inclusion important for development in the Dominican Republic? Inclusion means broader participation and deeper protections for subgroups and cultures represented in Dominican society, which strengthens their individual and collective participation in democratic processes. When diverse and intercultural perspectives are taken into account, public policies better reflect the protections of modern democratic values. The…
3 Questions with Rosa Jimenez: Prosecuting Criminals in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has one of the highest crime rates in the Caribbean. In your view, what is the most pressing challenge facing the country’s criminal justice system? The essence of the problem is our low prosecution rate. As you say, the Dominican Republic is the fourth most crime-prone country in the Caribbean. Over the…
Similar Context and Language Matter: Shared Experience from a Common History
Last year I witnessed firsthand how common history and language can foster and promote positive changes across borders. In June 2014, I was invited by the USAID/Moldova Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program to give a presentation on our USAID/Ukraine FAIR Justice Project judicial reform efforts, including innovative work we are doing related to court…
Democracy and Governance: Measuring for Success
I once commented to a caseflow management trainer that caseflow management is “as much art as science.” He replied that it is actually “much more art” than science. My work on rule of law projects has led me to the same conclusion. Democracy and governance (D&G) programs are dynamic. Each program begins with a clear…