Afghanistan
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 – SUPPORT II
USAID (2012 - 2017)
Phase II of the Services under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking (SUPPORT II) program in Afghanistan is a follow-on to a contract that Checchi has executed since 2006 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of USAID/Afghanistan’s program information and reporting mechanisms, in order to advance USAID’s overall goal of helping Afghanistan and its people to build a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic state. As the SUPPORT II contractor, Checchi works directly with USAID through its Office of Program and Project Development to provide a wide range of demand-driven services and products, including field-based project monitoring, evaluations, activity/project designs, data quality assessments, management information and reporting, mapping, translation and interpretation, web content development, and logistical support for conferences and workshops. Checchi's resident team of experts in performance monitoring and evaluation, systems analysis, and database management is supported by short-term specialists covering the range of sectors and topics in the Mission's portfolio and by a network of U.S. and Afghan partner organizations.
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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 - SUPPORT Project
USAID (2006 - 2012)
Following the 2004 Bonn Accords, USAID's program in Afghanistan grew rapidly and exponentially, outstripping Mission resources available for tracking results, periodic reporting, evaluating programs, and other project development and program office functions. Under the Services under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking (SUPPORT) project, Checchi assisted USAID/Afghanistan's Office of Program and Project Development and technical offices to improve the Mission's program information system and reporting products, disseminate public information about the results achieved by USAID assistance, and facilitate coordination among USAID implementers and other donors. Among other accomplishments, the SUPPORT team successfully completed more than 80 design, assessment, and evaluation tasks in addition to a wide range of third party monitoring, program analysis, mapping, and web-editing assignments.
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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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