The Expanding Access to Justice Program (EAJ) is a five-year associate award (2018–2023), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via the Freedom House-led Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) and implemented in partnership between Pact and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI), that aims to improve access to justice and mechanisms to address grievances in Somalia. The Program has a strong focus on research activities and knowledge creation to ensure that program activities and objectives are embedded in rigorous contextual understanding.
The concept of ‘stabilization’ in fragile states and post-war countries originates in international interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s. The key idea was to combine state building, humanitarian action and development in order to help achieve stable environments in countries emerging from violent conflict. However, different countries have developed different doctrines to underpin their stabilization interventions.
In Somalia “stabilization” has become an oft-repeated term, but given its history in Somalia it is not really underpinned by any distinct concept or commonly agreed definition. Stabilization serves as an umbrella for a range of activities. This is equally true in connection to the question of where ‘justice’ sits in the stabilization scenario. Across varied literature on Somalia using the term ‘stabilization’, ‘justice’ has been thrown into the mix in a very uncoordinated way.
For example, while the mandate of UNSOM is a ‘stabilization’ effort, it includes support to the establishment of a functioning justice system, based on a Rule of Law – next to humanitarian and development interventions. There is the underpinning idea that a justice system needs to be established as part of a functioning governance apparatus and in addition to humanitarian aid and other development interventions. In the meantime, there has been a call for ‘justice’ to allow for stabilization and especially to counter violent extremism. What has not happened is the disentanglement of the objectives of peace, stability and individual-rights based justice, and to sequence how they can be achieved. Careful strategies need to be developed on how to foster more inclusive peacebuilding, while aiming for the introduction and fostering of rights-based justice.
Purpose and Tasks
In order to place access to justice efforts in the current Somali ‘stabilization’ environment, current ‘stabilization’ initiatives need to be reviewed to understand their key objectives, where they come from and what they are based on – all given the terminological uncertainty. It further needs to be identified how ‘justice’ is embedded in those varying initiatives, ideologically, doctrinally, but also in a programmatic manner. That should lead to the identification of granular definitions of where, when and how ‘justice’ interventions are meaningful and which objectives they could possibly serve. This will help define concrete approaches to justice interventions, based on identification of what type of justice is required, whom it should serve and what kind of tools and approaches will cater for that.
Key Research Questions
Key Deliverables and Timelines
This study will be undertaken in two distinct phases. Phase one will consist of a thorough desk review of stabilization efforts in Somalia, as well it will be based on phone interviews with key individual respondents that have been involved in stabilization and justice efforts (UN, SSF, TIS +, USAID, EU etc…). This will allow for a thorough understanding of past and current ideologies and strategies and programming as it relates to stabilization and justice. The findings will be captured in a research report, including recommendations for the EAJ.
The research will be conducted by an expert consultant, under the guidance of the EAJ Research Team Lead. It is anticipate that the work will require 35 working days and be conducted between 1 February and 31 March 2020.
Experience of International Consultant
Period of Consultancy
35 working days between 1 February and 31 March 2020.
The consultant will report to the EAJ Research Team Leader.
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