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Governance, Security & Justice

We improve governance, security and justice services and structures in developing states, particularly in areas where conflict and fragility hinders independent institutional progress. 
Our aim is to help local partners to identify the causes of local problems and develop solutions that are aligned to political and institutional realities. Our partners range from civil society organisations all the way through to national ministries. We work extensively on conflict and stabilisation, security and justice sector reform, preventing violent extremism, accountability and anti-corruption, public sector reform and democratic governance.

We bring technical expertise in institutional strengthening, oversight mechanisms, analysis and policy development and promotion of citizen and civil society engagement. We develop politically informed interventions through continuous and robust political economy analysis, and use a Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach to programming to achieve sustainable institutional reform. 
Institutional integrity

We work with governments and civil society at local, regional and national levels, to develop processes and systems that are context specific, efficient, accountable and sustainable. We help institutions to build their capacity, to develop sustainable governance structures, and build the local leadership skills that can drive real progress.

Locally-led transitions

We work with local stakeholders to help shape their own development. We help to build the local skills to support change and draw on global expertise to ensure each solution fits its environment. We develop key governance reform agendas that support local partners to remove governance constraints to service delivery and improve institutional effectiveness.

Measurable results

Our results-based monitoring and evaluation systems ensure programmes both achieve their objectives and can adjust to lessons learned and dynamic situations. Our analysts and programme managers have undertaken research, developed policy and delivered solutions on more than 350 projects around the world.

Jamii Thabiti - Improving Community Security, DFID, 2014-2018
Strengthening Kenya's local, regional and national approach to community security
  • Jamii Thabiti
  • SSMI
Strategic Support to the Ministry of the Interior, DFID, 2011-2019
Promoting safety and stability in Afghanistan through stronger security forces

people

have better awareness of police services, gender-based violence services, complaints procedures and conflict mechanisms; Jamii Thabiti - Kenya

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increase in women reporting crimes to the police; Aitebaar - Pakistan

Police officers

police trained on anew policy and strategy curriculum; Strategic Support to Ministry of Interior - Afghanistan