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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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Nicaragua - Diagnostic of the National Assembly
USAID (1995)
In 1995 Nicaragua approved constitutional reforms that enhanced the powers and duties of the National Assembly. To assist USAID in developing a program to support and strengthen this legislative body, Checchi undertook a diagnostic study of the National Assembly and its institutional needs. The study highlighted constraints and assistance opportunities with respect to physical facilities, administrative organization and management, legislative functions and processes, information management systems, and external relationships.
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