Growing insecurity and instability, recurring and protracted conflict and violence, increasing inequality, exclusion and discrimination, deterioration of international human rights and humanitarian norms, all signal the importance of strengthening the rule of law in today’s rapidly changing world. Notably, Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to promote peace, justice and strong institutions. At the same time, strengthening the rule of law has been recognized as one of the most complex areas of international development cooperation.
United in their objective to strengthen the rule of law, IDLO is implementing a program funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 through enhanced quality and impact of its programs.
The program will contribute to strengthening IDLO’s capacities to monitor, analyze and report on the results of its programs through the development of a rule of law theory of change and monitoring framework. It will also bolster IDLO’s capacity to generate, apply and share knowledge on the rule of law. In addition, the program will support increased integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into IDLO’s programs through the adoption of a new Gender Strategy and tools for improved program design and quality. Finally, the program will work to advance access to justice by strengthening IDLO’s Africa Initiative and engagement with informal and customary systems in selected African countries.