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Afghanistan - Assistance for the Development of Afghan Legal Access and Transparency (ADALAT) Project
USAID (2016 - 2021)
In April 2016, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order by USAID/Afghanistan to implement the Assistance for the Development of Afghan Legal Access and Transparency (ADALAT) Project. Through ADALAT, USAID/Afghanistan seeks to improve the quality of legal services for all Afghan citizens. Checchi will work with formal judicial institutions, including the Afghan Supreme Court and Afghanistan Independent Bar Association, to improve the quality of professional training and legal education for judges and lawyers. In addition, Checchi will help build systems for better operational management in the formal justice sector, as well as develop greater links between the formal and informal justice systems. Finally, Checchi will work with a variety of civil society organizations to improve citizens’ awareness of their legal rights and resources through public outreach and education activities.
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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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Afghanistan - Rule of Law Project
USAID (2004 - 2009)
When the Taliban regime was removed from power in Afghanistan, the country faced the task of building a stable, democratic society and creating an environment of respect for the rule of law after almost a quarter century of conflict. As the implementing contractor for USAID's Afghanistan Rule of Law Project, Checchi contributed to this goal by helping Afghanistan rebuild its justice sector. The program was designed to strengthen justice sector systems and the education and training of legal personnel to operate within those systems; to develop capacity for law reform and legislative drafting; and to build linkages between the formal and traditional justice sectors. Activities included support for court administration, law schools, and the National Legal Training Center; student/faculty exchanges; assistance in drafting, codifying, and disseminating laws; and public education and awareness campaigns.
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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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Bulgaria - Judicial Strengthening Initiative
USAID (2004 - 2007)
The Judicial Strengthening Initiative (JSI) was the cornerstone of USAID's strategy for advancing the professionalism, good governance, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Bulgarian judicial system, thereby breaking the cycle of citizen mistrust and apathy toward the judiciary. Under a subcontract with East-West Management Institute (EWMI), Checchi provided a long-term advisor to help promote public education and awareness of judicial reform issues. Activities included development of public awareness/outreach campaigns, training of court personnel in media relations and presentation skills, and working with other USAID partners to increase the knowledge, reporting accuracy, and motivation of print and broadcast media.
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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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El Salvador - Justice Sector Strengthening Activity
USAID (2013 - 2018)
In March 2013, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year contract by USAID to implement the Justice Sector Strengthening Project in El Salvador. This is a follow-on contract to the task order that the Company executed in El Salvador from 2008 to 2012, and builds upon important accomplishments in the areas of community policing, assistance for the victims of domestic and sexual violence, and court administration. Working with the National Civilian Police, the Company will expand community policing activities to help reduce crime and violence. The Company also will work to improve case tracking and case management systems in the courts, develop inter-institutional protocols to improve the quality of criminal investigations, and establish victims’ assistance centers to provide medical, psychological and legal services for the victims of domestic and sexual violence. Finally, the Company will work with civil society organizations to enhance transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system.
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El Salvador - Justice System Improvement Program
USAID (2008 - 2012)
Checchi implemented a four-year task order under USAID's Rule of Law IQC to help strengthen the criminal justice system in El Salvador. The company provided technical assistance in the implementation of a new criminal procedure code. Among other activities, the Checchi team worked to promote better coordination between the National Civilian Police and the Attorney General's Office in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases. The team worked to strengthen the capacity for forensic investigation and increase the use of scientific evidence as a basis for conviction. In addition, Checchi provided assistance to the Attorney General's Office to reengineer its organizational structure and processes. Finally, Checchi assisted with the development and implementation of a Domestic Violence Initiative and a Rape Crisis Center Model.
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El Salvador - Judicial Reform Projects I and II
USAID (1990 - 1998)
Under two consecutive contracts, Checchi provided technical assistance and training services to support the transition from an inquisitorial criminal justice system to a modern, adversarial system in El Salvador. The Checchi team worked in the following areas: (1) legal reform, including assistance with the drafting of a new Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code; (2) institutional strengthening of the Judicial Branch, the Attorney General's Office, the Public Defender's Office and the Judicial Training School; and (3) promoting greater popular understanding of the reforms through public education/awareness campaigns that included the use of television, radio and a wide range of print media. Checchi also collaborated with Salvadoran non-governmental organizations to promote the participation of civil society in the reform process.
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Guatemala - Security and Justice Sector Reform Project
USAID (2012 - 2018)
In August 2012, Checchi was awarded a five-year contract to execute the Security and Justice Sector Reform Project (SJSRP) in Guatemala. The Project will support institutional strengthening and reform efforts in the Judicial Branch, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Civilian Police, and other security and justice sector institutions. Among other activities, Checchi advisors will provide technical assistance for a broad range of security and justice sector reform initiatives; strengthen civil society to help increase accountability and encourage citizen participation in security and justice sector issues; and assist with the implementation of key legislation in such areas as organized crime, human trafficking, and domestic and sexual violence. The company also will support the design and implementation of a career development program for police officers and officials of the National Civilian Police, implement improvements in court administration, and help establish legal assistance offices for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

In November 2015, Checchi received a modification that added activities intended to improve the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes and modernize the Supreme Court's IT system.

In September 2016, Checchi received a one-year extension of the SJSRP (through August 2018) that expands the Project's anti-corruption and legal reform activities. Among other activities, the company will support the establishment and strengthening of specialized courts for high-profile corruption cases, strengthen specialized prosecutors’ offices for extortion and corruption cases, and help develop modern, transparent justice sector processes.
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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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Haiti - Administration of Justice Project
USAID (1995 - 1999)
Checchi was the prime contractor for the four-year technical assistance and training project to assist Haitian authorities in developing a responsive, transparent justice system. The project had three main program components - legal assistance and information, case registration/management, and judicial mentoring - which shared the objective of strengthening the organization and management of the judicial system and increasing public access to the courts.
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Kosovo - Effective Rule of Law
USAID (2011 - 2015)
In March 2011, USAID awarded Checchi a contract to implement the Effective Rule of Law (EROL) Program in Kosovo. The aim of this four-year effort is to promote the independent and effective operation of the justice system in Kosovo. The Program is working to facilitate the strengthening of the courts, the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Council and the Judicial Institute, as well as other justice sector institutions. Among other activities, Checchi is providing technical assistance to enhance the Judicial Institute’s capacity for training judges, prosecutors and court administrators; strengthen the Judicial Council’s ability to fulfill its oversight and disciplinary functions; and help with the streamlining and modernization of the court system. In addition, the Program is working to increase public understanding of the justice system by working closely with local civil society organizations.
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Kosovo - Evaluation of Justice System Reform Activity
USAID (2006)
This evaluation examined the efficiency, impact, sustainability and relevance of activities implemented under a $13.6 million program to support the development of the institutional and legal framework for the Kosovar judiciary. Checchi provided two justice sector development specialists, who were joined in the field by a USAID representative. The team's on-site research and evaluation report focused on contractor performance, lessons learned, and recommendations for future USAID assistance to the justice sector.
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Mali Justice Project
USAID (2015 - 2020)
In December 2015, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order through the Rule of Law IQC to implement the USAID/Mali Justice Project. The Company will work with the formal and informal justice sectors and civil society to advance institutional reforms, increase access to justice, and reduce corruption in order to enhance the delivery of justice services in Mali. The Company will provide technical assistance to improve the operational capacities of key justice sector institutions, especially the National Direction of Justice Administration (DNAJ) and the courts. The Company will also work with local NGOs to increase the availability of information regarding legal services, citizen rights, and justice-related reforms so that citizens better understand their rights under the Malian legal system. Finally, the Company will help establish targeted legal and advocacy services along key trade routes in order to reduce corruption.
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Mexico - Strengthened Rule of Law Project
USAID (2004 - 2007)
Under a subcontract with Management Systems International, Inc. (MSI), Checchi worked on a program to strengthen the rule of law in Mexico by increasing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and expanding access to justice for marginalized populations. The program supported Mexico's transition to an oral/adversarial system, which required extensive changes to how justice was administered. Among other activities, the program assisted with the passage and implementation of code reforms, the training of justice sector operators, and improvements in court administration at the federal and state levels.
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Moldova - Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program
USAID (2012 - 2016)
In March 2012, USAID awarded Checchi a four-year contract to implement the Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program (ROLISP) in Moldova. Checchi advisors will work with Moldovan counterparts to help strengthen the institutional capacity, transparency and accountability of key justice sector institutions in order to enhance the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary. Among other activities, the Program will help judicial institutions to effectively oversee the work of the courts; improve system-wide management to ensure that courts are meeting performance standards; institutionalize modern court administration and budgeting practices; increase the capacity of the National Institute of Justice to train judges, prosecutors and court administrators; and increase the capacity of civil society organizations to monitor and advocate for justice sector reform. By strengthening the stability and efficiency of institutions responsible for safeguarding democracy and the rule of law in Moldova, ROLISP will contribute to an increased capacity of the judiciary to respond to citizens’ needs.
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Newly Independent States - Regional Rule of Law Program
USAID (1993 - 1998)
To facilitate the transition to democratic, market-based societies, an ARD/Checchi Joint Venture provided assistance to the transcaucasus republics of Armenia and Georgia and the NIS republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan under the USAID-funded Rule of Law Program. Specifically, ARD/Checchi provided assistance with drafting model civil and criminal codes, judicial training in areas of commercial law, law school curriculum development, and provision of computerized legal information systems. All program activities were aimed at increasing citizen awareness of, demand for, and participation in legal reform and the use of legal institutions and recourse.
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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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Nicaragua - Institutional Strengthening Project
USAID (1999 - 2005)
In the late 1990s, Nicaragua embarked on an ambitious effort to reform and modernize its judicial system. Checchi was contracted to support this effort by assisting key justice sector institutions to prepare for and implement the reform legislation, including a criminal procedure code based on oral trials and other elements of the adversarial system. The assistance focused on two objectives: (i) establishing a public defense function to promote greater equity in the justice system; and (ii) strengthening the prosecutorial function to ensure more effective criminal investigations and prosecutions. Under the first objective, Checchi worked closely with the Nicaraguan Supreme Court to plan and establish a Public Defender's Office in Managua, and then successfully expand public defense services to the national level. Under the second objective, Checchi prepared prosecutors to implement the new adversarial procedures by strengthening the capacity of the newly-constituted Public Ministry to lead criminal investigations and prosecutions, and the capacity of the Attorney General's Office to prosecute corruption cases.
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Russia - Rule of Law Program
USAID (1993 - 1997)
In a joint venture partnership with ARD, Inc. Checchi designed and implemented a four-year program to support the development of stable legal, political, and economic environments in the Russian Federation. ARD/Checchi was involved in the planning and management of activities in three substantive areas: (i) reform of laws and administrative regulations needed to protect individual rights; (ii) reform of institutions that formulate, implement, adjudicate, and enforce the laws; and (iii) strengthening of civil society. Activities included legislative drafting, development of law school curricula, training of judges, development of a competitive grants program for local NGOs, and support for the publication of laws and other legal documents.
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Montenegro Justice Sector Reform Project
USAID (2003 - 2007)
In this multi-year project, Checchi provided technical assistance to help modernize the laws that affect the operation of the Montenegrin judicial system, to implement structural changes required under the Courts Act, and to introduce modern court administration and case management techniques. Working with the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court, Checchi's activities focused on establishing new Appellate and Administrative Courts and an independent Administrative Office, promoting changes in the laws to increase the independence of the judiciary, improving case management at all levels of the court system, and upgrading court system infrastructure. Checchi advisors also deliveres training to enhance the capacity of judges and court staff to implement procedural reforms.
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Ukraine - Rule of Law Program
USAID (1993 - 1999)
USAID's Rule of Law Program was designed to help public and private organizations in the former Soviet Union to develop or strengthen the laws, legal institutions, and civic structures that support democratic and market-oriented societies. Checchi was a partner in a joint venture with ARD, Inc. to implement the program in Ukraine. The program focused on strengthening core legal institutions, including courts, the procuracy, and law schools. Additionally, ARD/Checchi assisted in drafting key sections of the Ukrainian constitution and creating the legislative basis for an independent judiciary, and supported locally-produced media campaigns on anti-corruption and citizens rights issues.
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