Conference to Advance International Rule of Law Support Held in Tunisia

On 2-4 April, ILAC held an internal conference in Tunisia to discuss ways to advance the design, management and evaluation of its projects and rule of law support. ILAC and member organisations implementing ILAC’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Syria Programmes met to discuss ways to develop adaptive management approaches to ILAC programming and to increase the flexibility and effectiveness of our projects.

The goal of these conferences is to continuously improve our practices to further the positive impact of our efforts in improving access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive justice institutions, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions of the 2030 Agenda.

In part, ILAC’s coordination provides a platform through which international and national partners rule of law organisations can ensure complementarity and synergies between interventions in rule of law reform. The aim of this coordination is to avoid the duplication of efforts and ensure cost-efficient international development projects.

Representatives from the implementing member organisations IBAHRI, CEELI Institute, ABA ROLI, PILPG, RWI, NCSC as well as the ILAC secretariat participated in a workshop with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on adaptive management and international support to justice sector reform. The Politics and Governance programme at ODI has been leading work on supporting international actors, to reflect on their ‘ways of working’ and how these may better oriented to integrating the political economy of context-specific problems more effectively in development, governance and justice interventions.

These conferences are key to strengthening collaboration  and synergies among our member organisations and building strategic networks to address emerging rule of law challenges in the MENA region.

ILAC currently coordinates projects in nine post-conflict and transitioning countries in the MENA region and Latin America. Our projects aim to support rule of law actors, improve access to justice and the trust in the judiciary and foster institutional development.

ILAC’s programmes are primarily funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).