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Lessons Learned Evaluation: Access to Justice and Information in Liberia

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USAID, The Mitchell Group, Inc. (TMG)
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This evaluation assessed the Carter Center's (TCC) project in Liberia, Access to Justice (ATJ) and Access to Information (ATI), which operated from 2010 to mid-2013.

Liberia is a country still in many ways recovering from conflict, and one of the few constants is the customary justice sector. Chiefs and elders are to be found in almost every rural and peri-urban community linked, importantly, to each other in a hierarchy that stretches from a village elder to national paramount chief. Chiefs are popularly elected and are, by and large, highly regarded and trusted as arbiters of justice. Thus, unlike the formal sector where development money has yielded little returns, a development investment in the traditional sector offers the potential for high returns on relatively low investment.

This evaluation accents lessons learned, focusing on the specific objectives laid out in the SOW and Program Description. Lessons address all activities and objectives under the USAID Cooperative Agreement since 2010. The evaluation also makes recommendations for future USAID programming for the ATJ and ATI projects.