Absorptive Capacity in the Security and Justice Sectors. by Robert D. Lamb, Kathryn Mixon, Andrew Halterman

By Robert D. Lamb, Kathryn Mixon, Andrew Halterman

In improvement, stabilization, and peace development, donors more and more realize the significance of being delicate to the neighborhood contexts in their efforts. but using "blueprints" continues to be common. even if commonplace methods are changed for specific reduction companions, there frequently is still a terrible healthy among donor efforts and native stipulations. whilst recipients can't soak up the help and a focus they're provided, the typical reaction is "capacity building." whereas it truly is precise that many relief recipients should not have enough means for implementation, this file provides the result of a case learn demonstrating that a few safety and justice courses are designed and applied with out an enough appreciation of neighborhood wants, assets, features, and demanding situations. Absorptive ability, in different phrases, is a byproduct of the donor-recipient courting. An past learn via the authors brought a brand new framework for measuring absorptive potential. This quantity applies it to...

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At the end of the project, it was expected that human rights NGOs would be more professional and active, lawyers would take on more advocacy work, the media would cover more legal issues, courts would manage juvenile justice better, and all of this would set the conditions for better human rights protections and rule of law. For that to happen, there would need to be NGOs, lawyers, journalists, law students, and judges who were interested in doing these things.

3. “Independent External Evaluation: INL Lebanon Police Training Program,” p. 14. 4. S. government and government of Lebanon, October 5, 2007. 5. “Independent External Evaluation: INL Lebanon Police Training Program,” p. 15. 6. Casey L. S. pdf, p. 6. 7. “Independent External Evaluation: INL Lebanon Police Training Program,” p. 74. 8. , 60–61. 9. Author interviews, November 2012. 10. Ibid. 11. Ibid. 12. Ibid. 13. Ibid. 14. Ibid. 15. “Independent External Evaluation: INL Lebanon Police Training Program,” p.

12 But as attention to donors’ role in development pathologies has increased, it is worth considering the possibility that managing absorptive capacity might not be simply a matter of building recipients’ capacity to spend donor funds and implement programs, but rather that it might require attention to how those programs are designed in the first place. If a security or justice program fails, is it because the host nation did not live up to donors’ expectations or because the expectations and design were unsuited to the society or institutions to begin with?

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