How to measure respect for the rule of law – new project in Kosovo

The official launch of the project “Measuring the Rule of Law in Public Administration in Kosovo Municipalities” is taking place in Pristina, Kosovo. The pilot project is a collaboration between the FBA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the OSCE mission in Kosovo, and the implementing partner FOL Movement.

Based on an application process, four municipalities in Kosovo have been selected for the project. Together with FOL Movement, the municipalities of Lipjan/Lipljan, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Istog/k, and Kamenicë/a will assess the respect for rule of law in the municipal directorates in the area of social housing. 

The project will last for six months and end in March 2016 with a presentation of findings and recommendations in workshops and panel discussions in each municipality. The aim is to identify areas for improvements or reforms, and best practices or peer to peer exchange of experiences between municipalities.

The current project was initiated by the OSCE mission in Kosovo, after a trial monitoring project of the administrative proceedings before the basic court in Pristina, based on the FBA Handbook for Monitoring Administrative Justice published in 2013. Findings of the trial monitoring project gave a preliminary insight to the deficits at the agency level of public administration in Kosovo. A conclusion from the monitoring project was the need to assess the respect for the rule of law at the agency level. Due to ongoing reforms of the public administration, the new project is looked upon as a timely assessment by Kosovar authorities.

The assessment will be performed using the methodology in the FBA/UNDP self-assessment toolkit consisting of a manual and a guide to assist governments and development assistance providers in identifying, better understanding, and more effectively addressing rule of law problems in administrative agencies and processes. The assessment is based on six commonly accepted rule of law principles derived from international and human rights law – legality, accessibility, the right to be heard, the right to appeal, transparency, and accountability – and categorizes the findings into legal awareness, institutional capacity and access, and accountability and trust related problems.

A similar project is currently being implemented by the FBA in Ukraine. To find out more, click here.

MORE FROM HOME

FBA rekryterar fler valobservatörer

FBA behöver komplettera den svenska valresursbasen med observatörer som behärskar spanska, franska och portugisiska. Vi söker dig som vill bidra till demokratisk utveckling i världen och är tillgänglig för långtidsuppdrag.

2021-04-01 12:30

Read our publications

""

Youth, Peace and Security Adviser’s Handbook

Never before in history have there been so many young people on the planet. A very important cornerstone for reaching sustainable peace and security is to ensure that young people have the rights, tools and opportunities, to participate in a meaningful manner in statebuilding and peacebuilding processes.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
FBA
Year:
2020

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Rhodri Williams

    Civil Society as a Critical Partner: Rule of Law and Accountability in the Liberian COVID-19 Response, Part II

    Part One of this post highlighted the importance of the rule of law in supporting crisis response in countries struggling with the effects of conflict. One of the most important rule of law principles in such settings is accountability, particularly “downward accountability”, in which state authorities focus on serving citizens dependent on them.

    Corruption and poor governance can lead to excessive upward accountability directed toward political superiors, leaving a gap between the state and ordinary citizens. Civil ... Read entire post »

    2021-02-15 13:43
  • Posted by Kristin Valasek

    Time for a joint vision on gender-responsive leadership

    Right before the winter break, 236 women and men from 105 different organizations and 46 countries around the world joined our International Dialogue on Gender-Responsive Leadership, to discuss an absolutely critical and often missing part of the gender equality puzzle: gender-responsive leadership.

    After twenty years of struggling to achieve the commitments of the global women, peace and security agenda, we at the FBA have learned that executives and managers are essential to success. Not just as supporters, ... Read entire post »

    2021-02-10 16:09
  • Posted by Hanna Bertelman

    Creating space for dialogue in Colombia

    In Colombia, four years after the signing of the historic peace agreement between the government and the FARC guerrilla, local civil society actors are a pivotal force for promoting change. The FBA, together with CIASE, a network of women´s organizations, and the Colombian National Police is enabling a space for joint learning for civil society actors and police officers on human security, leadership, and dialogue and mediation.

    As most of those who have seen a peace process ... Read entire post »

    2020-12-16 12:44
""

Johanna Malm

Johanna is expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

""

Our partner countries

FBA is part of Sweden’s development aid within the area of peace and security

Read more about the countries where we work

Twitter