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Afghanistan Rule of Law Stabilization Program – Informal Component (Phase 3)
USAID (2012 - 2014)
A continuation of earlier projects that started in 2010, Phase 3 will build on lessons learned from earlier work focusing on the core objectives of (1) strengthening traditional dispute resolution (TDR) mechanisms, (2) enhancing linkages between the formal and informal systems, and (3) facilitating the resolution of long-standing and destabilizing disputes. These efforts to strengthen the TDR system will increase stability in project districts where stability is measured by perceptions of increased access to justice, increased confidence in TDR mechanisms as a means to resolve disputes, and a decrease in the number of long-standing intractable disputes. The fundamental aim of Checchi’s district level interventions is to create accessible, efficient, holistic, equitable, and sustainable systems that can not only bring or improve justice and dispute resolution in these particular districts, but that can serve as tested models for adaptation and replication throughout Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan Rule of Law Stabilization Program – Informal Component (Phases 1 and 2)
USAID (2010 - 2012)
As implementing partner for this key component of USAID/Afghanistan’s new Rule of Law Stabilization Program, Checchi worked with the Afghan Government and Afghan NGOs to enable immediate access to justice through community-based dispute resolution mechanisms in districts in the southern and eastern parts of the country. Among other activities, Checchi advisors worked with community elders and relevant state actors to strengthen or re-establish the jirga and shura system for dispute resolution, as well as assisting with providing access to formal justice systems when appropriate. In addition, Checchi developed activities to help educate people about their legal rights under the constitution; provided training to community members to monitor local dispute resolution cases; and supported the government in its groundbreaking work on the development of a national policy for traditional justice in Afghanistan.
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Bolivia - Administration of Justice Program
USAID (2005 - 2010)
In February 2005, USAID awarded Checchi a four-year contract to implement the Bolivia Administration of Justice Program. The Program had three principal objectives: (1) strengthening the capacity of justice sector operators and institutions to successfully implement a new Criminal Procedure Code; (2) increasing access to justice through support for the establishment and expansion of Integrated Justice Centers; and (3) developing and promoting commercial and administrative law reforms. The first objective emphasized technical assistance and training activities to strengthen the Judicial Branch, the Public Ministry, the Public Defender's Office and the Forensic Investigation Institute. The second objective focused on technical assistance to expand the Integrated Justice Center Model, which provides mediation and other justice-related services to marginalized communities. With respect to the third objective, Checchi strengthened specialized commercial and administrative courts, as well as supported the establishment of arbitration and mediation centers at the national level.
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Colombia Access to Justice Activity
USAID (2013 - 2017)
In February 2013, Checchi Consulting was awarded a four-year contract to execute the Access to Justice Activity (AJA) in Colombia. The basic premise of this four-year project is that greater access to justice is a cornerstone of the rule of law, which in turn is a key element for the establishment of a sustainable democracy. This is particularly true in the Colombian consolidation regions, where establishment of the rule of law contributes to building the legitimacy of the state. Consolidation regions were formalized by the GOC and USG in 2009 as part of the National Consolidation Plan, a follow-on to Plan Colombia. Fifteen priority regions throughout the country were identified as key regions to concentrate security and consolidate state presence. The AJA is working to consolidate prior gains, strengthen institutions, and heighten the focus in these consolidation areas. Among other activities, Checchi advisors are working with the Ministry of Justice and Law to establish 11 new Justice Houses in the consolidation regions. Checchi is also supporting the National Gender Commission of the Judicial Branch and its regional committees to create and strengthen a network of women lawyers and psychologists in the consolidation regions to assist the victims of gender-based violence. In addition, the company is supporting the judiciary as it establishes effective and efficient land restitution courts for the dispossessed victims of Colombia’s lengthy armed conflict.
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Colombia - Administration of Justice Program
USAID (2001 - 2006)
The Administration of Justice Program supported the Government of Colombia's efforts to create a fairer, more transparent, and more effective criminal justice system while expanding access to justice for Colombian citizens. As USAID's implementing contractor for this Program, Checchi worked with the key justice sector institutions to introduce oral trial procedures and other elements of the constitutionally-mandated adversarial system, improve public defense services, and establish a system of Casas de Justicia, or Justice Houses, throughout the country. Among other activities, Checchi provided extensive training in the new adversarial system, assisted with the renovation of 28 courtrooms for oral trials, developed Public Defense Pilot Offices in Bogota and two other cities, and helped establish 23 new Justice Houses offering community dispute resolution, family law, and related services. The Program also included a major grants component to help strengthen the awareness and involvement of civil society in the reform initiatives.
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Guatemala - Rule of Law Program
USAID (2004 - 2009)
Under the Guatemala Rule of Law Program, the company executed activities in the following areas: increasing the use of oral procedures in the criminal justice system; improving the prosecutorial capacity of the Public Ministry; strengthening the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Public Ministry; strengthening crime prevention efforts at both the national and local levels; increasing the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution; improving the quality of legal education; and helping civil society organizations to increase their capacities to advocate for justice sector reforms. A number of these activities built upon the accomplishments of the Guatemala Justice Program, also implemented by Checchi.
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Guatemala - Justice Program
USAID (1999 - 2004)
Under the Guatemala Justice Program, Checchi provided extensive technical assistance to the Public Ministry, the Judicial Branch, and the Public Defense Institute to support policy and institutional reforms ranging from the establishment of specialized crime units in District Attorneys' offices to the design and implementation of modern case handling and case tracking systems in the courts. To help increase access to justice, the Program assisted in establishing and strengthening 17 regional Justice Centers, while creating mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination in the justice sector at the local level. The Program also conducted multilingual public education campaigns regarding mediation, domestic violence, and access to the criminal justice system. Finally, the program helped to create 16 Community Mediation Centers in order to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the recognition of indigenous law.
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Indonesia - Economic Law and Improved Procurement Systems Project (ELIPS I)
USAID (1992 - 2001)
Checchi was the prime contractor for this project to provide technical assistance to the Government of Indonesia in the areas of economic law development, legal training, legal information systems development, and procurement management development. The purpose of the project was to modernize the commercial law and government procurement regimes in Indonesia, thereby improving the environment for business growth and foreign investment. Long-term advisors worked with Indonesian government agencies and law schools to implement the four project components. Technical assistance activities included research and drafting of commercial laws and legislation; upgrading of the commercial law curriculum at the University of Indonesia and other leading law schools; strengthening of government procurement regulations and practices; and establishing a system for collecting, storing, and disseminating legal information.
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Madagascar - Legal, Regulatory, and Judicial Reform Project
USAID (1998 - 2001)
To reverse the downward spiral of its economy, Madagascar faced the imperative of creating a legal environment more conducive to private sector investment and development. Under this project, Checchi provided assistance to the process of business law reform and helped to create and implement alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms. The Project's Business Law Reform component focused on improving the legal framework for trade and investment, assisting the government of Madagascar in applying international best practices in redrafting and updating its property, company, financial and labor laws. In ADR, Checchi provided commentary on Madagascar's draft Arbitration Law, leading to the incorporation of UNCITRAL principles in the law as enacted by the National Assembly, helped establish the Madagascar Arbitration and Mediation Association, and worked to build arbitration and mediation capacity and demand.
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Nicaragua - Strengthened Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights Program
USAID (2005 - 2009)
After successfully completing a five-year USAID-funded effort to strengthen Nicaragua's public defense and prosecutorial functions, Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. was awarded a three-year Task Order to expand and deepen reforms in the criminal justice sector and to promote respect for human rights. The Task Order, awarded in April 2005, focused on increasing access to justice for marginalized groups, strengthening justice sector institutions, and promoting the participation of civil society in the strengthening of the rule of law and human rights. Major activities included the institutional strengthening of the national Public Defender's Office, Attorney General's Office, Public Prosecutor's Office and the court system. In addition, the Program helped to establish and strengthen several civil society coalitions to promote the rule of law and respect for human rights. The Program also worked with Nicaraguan law schools in the design of a new standardized curriculum.
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