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Performance Evaluation of the Rule of Law Stabilization-Informal Component Program in Afghanistan

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USAID, Sayara Research
USAID Afghanistan July 29.pdf2.58 MB

Conflict and political upheaval over recent decades resulted in a weak formal system of state-provided justice in Afghanistan. In this context, traditional dispute resolution (TDR) actors including local village elders, family elders and religious leaders, act as important providers of justice for local communities. While the slow development of formal, effective, efficient and reliable justice services from the state continues, TDR practices serve as the most important source of justice for the large majority of the Afghan population. While TDR mechanisms have been remarkably resilient over the past 30 years in Afghanistan, decades of conflict have weakened TDR capabilities in many areas by disrupting the informal justice institutions through which elders and other locally legitimate actors adjudicate disputes. Lack of access to justice, whether it comes from formal or informal providers, is a source of instability that USAID Afghanistan is addressing through programs such as Rule of Law Stabilization - Informal Component (RLS-I)

The RLS-I program was designed to achieve the following three objectives: 1) Strengthen TDR mechanisms, 2) Strengthen linkages between informal and formal justice sectors, and 3) Develop approaches that successfully resolve long-term intractable disputes. The project was implemented by Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. in a total of 48 districts and continued until March 13, 2014, over the course of three different phases. This report conveys the findings of a final performance evaluation of the program’s third phase.