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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 – Systems for Enforcing Agreements and Decisions (SEAD) Program
USAID (2009 - 2012)
Since achieving independence in 2008, Kosovo has faced the challenge of establishing a system for enforcing legal agreements and court decisions that are necessary to stimulate domestic economic growth and foreign investment. In particular, the responsibility given to municipal court judges for executing utility bills and other minor claims has left the courts with large backlogs of civil cases and diverted resources from protecting the contract and property rights of citizens and businesses. As USAID's implementing partner for the SEAD Program, Checchi is working with local institutions to address these challenges through the introduction of stronger enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms. Program components focus on promoting the acceptance and use of standardized contracts and binding obligations in commercial transactions, streamlining procedures for the enforcement of judgments, and developing an effective system for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Kosovo that is consistent with international standards.
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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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Kosovo - Impact Evaluation of Economic Restructuring Program
(2003)
Checchi and Louis Berger International, Inc. collaborated on a strategic evaluation of USAID's Economic Reconstruction Program in Kosovo, focusing on the effectiveness and sustainability of technical assistance in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, banking regulation, privatization and related areas. The evaluation team documented progress made and lessons learned from a major economic restructuring program launched in the aftermath of the 1999 Kosovo conflict, and identified promising areas for future assistance.
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