IDLO in brief - August 2009


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IDLO in brief - August 2009

  1. 1. Promoting Justice to Create Opportunity g pp y
  2. 2. International Development Law Organization Who • Inter-governmental Organization wholly dedicated to Rule of Law and Development How • Programs for Economic, Social and Institutional Development • Legal Professionals; Governments; Policy Makers; Target Regulators; and Civil Society in Developing Countries, Transition Economies and Countries Emerging from Conflicts • In-Country Programs: over 175 Countries Where • Project Offices: Banda Aceh, Bishkek, Juba, Kabul • Rome Headquarters, Regional Centers in Cairo and Sydney • Alumni Legal Network in 44 Countries
  3. 3. IDLO Governance and Advisory Structure Member States Assembly of Parties Standing Committee liaises Australia Egypt Romania with IDLO Management Austria France Senegal Bulgaria Italy Sudan Board of Advisors 10 members elected by Burkina Faso Kenya The Netherlands Member States China Norway Tunisia Columbia Paraguay USA International Advisory Ecuador Philippines Council Afghanistan, Georgia, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritania, Af h i G i J d M d M i i Mozambique, Poland, the Central African Republic, the Secretariat Republic of Congo and Turkey are currently in the Over 200 staff, 30+ process of becoming new Member States. nationalities
  4. 4. Strategic Plan 2009-2012 IDLO s IDLO’s mandate conceives of an interrelationship between two distinct concepts: Law and Development IDLO’s goal is to enable progress and facilitate long term, sustainable advances in the realization of effective rule of law and good governance
  5. 5. Strategic Objectives 2009-2012
  6. 6. Program Streams IDLO believes that there are three main spheres around which development oriented legal and regulatory change can occur and within each sphere, IDLO has defined specific program themes: ECONOMIC GROWTH INSTITUTIONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE DEVELOPMENT Trade Law Environmental and Legal and Judicial g Natural Resources Reform and Investment Law Law Administration of Justice Microfinance Law and Land Law Regulation Governance Health Law Intellectual Property Access to Justice Human Trafficking CROSS- CROSS-CUTTING Gender Human Rights
  7. 7. Global Network of Alumni
  8. 8. Program Examples Economic Growth • Commercial Law Judicial C C l d l Capacity Building Project in ld and Trade the Kyrgyz Republic in partnership with the EBRD. • Institutional Development Activities in the Judicial Training Center; • Training in commercial and civil-commercial matters; • Apprenticeship program in the commercial courts of Russia for select junior judges; • Development and equipping of a commercial law library in the Judicial Training Center; and • Preparation and dissemination of a bench book relating to key pieces of the commercial law framework.
  9. 9. Program Examples Economic Growth • Microfinance: Building Inclusive Financial Sectors and Trade & Supportive Legal and Regulatory Frameworks Three-year worldwide program (2006-2008), financed by the Omidyar Network, which enables legal professionals to take an active role in the industry by providing advice and assistance on the legal, regulatory and practical aspects of microfinance. The program includes : • 12 regional workshops provided in English English, French, Spanish and Arabic. • Inter-regional policy dialogues upon completion of the regional workshops. • A final international workshop to evaluate impact of program activities on each region (November 2009). • Research and Professional networking. • The IDLO Microfinance website.
  10. 10. Program Examples Social Development • HIV and Health Law program In 2009, IDLO launched a 3-year program sponsored by the OPEC Fund for International Development and by the Gates Foundation, to address legal aspects of major public health issues in developing and transition countries, particularly HIV, in three areas: • Access to justice - Increase community legal awareness, and strengthen and expand HIV legal services • Law enforcement - Sensitize police, judges and other government officials to apply laws consistent with public health goals • Law reform - Build lawmakers’ capacity for reform based on evidence, international law and best practice The program includes research, consultations, documentation, evaluation and dissemination of best practices; and the support of IDLO alumni associations and other professional networks to address the legal aspects of HIV and health.
  11. 11. Program Examples Social Development • Avoiding Deforestation in Aceh, Indonesia: Land, Resource Rights and Local Communities Deforestation and forest degradation, mostly of tropical forests in developing countries, is one of the main drivers of climate change. In this context of international global challenge, the IDLO Program focuses on the impact on local forest-dependent communities of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) projects through the lens of Rule of Law and Good Governance. The Program combines: • St k h ld consultation and di l Stakeholder lt ti d dialogue; • Field research at community level recording the perspective of local communities; • Review and analysis of the existing legal and regulatory context in which REDD currently operates in the Indonesian Province of Aceh, with a particular focus on land rights, access to resources, forest conservation and management; customary and statutory legal systems;
  12. 12. Program Examples Institutional Development • Re-establishing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan • Compilation and indexing of over 2400 Afghan laws; • Training programs for one third of all sitting judges; • Preparation for entry into the Judiciary in 2006 and 2007; • Publication of a Bench Book on judicial ethics and criminal procedure, and a Glossary on Human Rights and International Law. • Technical assistance for the newly established Independent National Legal Training Centre and curriculum development for the first academic year; • Creation of a training unit within the Ministry of Justice; g • First legal training courses for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, and Mines; • Technical assistance and training on gender and criminal justice for judicial sector actors, the Parliament and legislative working groups; • Legal aid training for students from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences and the Faculty of Shari’a of Kabul University; • Formation of an Afghan non governmental organization the non-governmental organization, Legal Aid Organization of Afghanistan (LAOA), providing legal services to the poor and disempowered.
  13. 13. Research Program Example • Legal Empowerment Research Program This program is meant to advance practical knowledge on means of addressing the legal needs of the poor in developing countries. IDLO intends to use the knowledge generated to strengthen the evidence base for mainstreaming legal empowerment in poverty reduction and economic and reduction, social development strategies. The project comprises 6 components: • A collection of working papers on innovative programmatic approaches to legal empowerment; ega e po e e t; • Field research in various countries investigating how customary justice systems can be used as vehicles of legal empowerment; • Piloting of community land titling legislation in Liberia, Mozambique and Tanzania; • Enhancing the legal empowerment of girls through access to education, birth registration and property, and protection from exploitation and child labor in Ethiopia, Kenya, India and Bangladesh • Protection of traditional knowledge and cultural heritage of indigenous communities; and • Research into microfinance to expand income opportunities for the poor.
  14. 14. IDLO Contacts Headquarters Viale Vaticano, 106 00165 Rome, Italy Rome Tel: +39 06 40 40 32 00 Email: MENA Regional Office (Cairo) Asia Pacific Regional Center (Sydney) The ‘Ibrahim Shihata Center’ Old Glebe Court House 47C, 47C Abu-Elfeda Street 2, 2 Talfourd Street 11211 Zamalek Cairo, Egypt 2037 Glebe NSW, Australia Tel: + +202 27 35 01 16 Tel: +61 2 85 85 67 00 Emai: cairo@idlo int Email: aprc@idlo int Project Offices in: Afghanistan (Kabul), Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek) and Southern Sudan (Juba)