The project “Strengthening the Efficiency and Credibility of the Criminal Justice System and Enhancing the Rule of Law in Iraq” seeks to strengthen governance mechanisms within the police, judicial and penitentiary institutions and therefore contributes to the building of State in Iraq. These objectives reflect the orientations of the second Iraqi National Development Plan (NDP) for the years 2013-2017.
The project aimed at supporting institutional building of beneficiary institutions and link capacity building of the targeted institutions with effective delivery of services to citizens. The expected results of the programme focused on three priorities:
Result 1: Iraqi justice authorities have improved capacity in policy planning and coordination, law enforcement and revision, allowing for stronger compliance with Iraq's internal and international commitments.
Result 2: The quality of criminal investigations is improved and the use of confession-based convictions is reduced, through consensus on the criminal procedure.
Result 3: The existing legal aid system is improved; vulnerable groups have increased access to justice through legal counsel, and prisoners benefit from improved detention conditions.
The objective of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the project in terms of achievements and opportunities for adaption to the current context.
The purpose of this evaluation was to provide EU and Iraqi partners with sufficient information on the performance of the project in the current crisis context and recommendations for recalibration of the project for the remaining implementation period (until end of November 2017) while keeping the financial decision unchanged.