Final evaluation of the programme to support Justice Reform - PARJ


Project title: Final evaluation of the programme to support Justice Reform - PARJ

Country: Guatemala

Overall project value (EUR): 23.940

Proportion carried out by legal entity (%): 100%

No of staff provided: 1

Name of client: ARS Progetti/ EC Delegation

Origin of funding: EC Delegation

Dates (start/end): January/ February 2010

Name of consortium members, if any: Cotecno/Inecip


Detailed project description :

This mission is aimed at conducting the final evaluation of a five-years programme

funded by the European Commission. Its general objective is to strengthen the

capacity of the government to prevent, investigate, persecute and punish crime. The

programme aims at empowering the system to effectively implement due process as

guaranteed by the Political Constitution of the Guatemalan Republic and the main

international covenants on Human Rights as well as at facilitating equal access to

justice for the overall population.

The programme focuses on the prevention of abuses in the use of pre-trial detention

through the implementation of activities aimed at reducing the number of people

accused of minor crimes that are in pre-trial detention, ensuring particular attention

to gender and minorities’ rights, to the situation of children and adolescents in the

penal system, to the development of the institutions concerned and to the

sensitisation of the The main expected results of the project are that:

1. The Institute of Public Penal Defence is strengthened and the efficiency and

effectiveness of its services it is improved.

2. The capacity of justice professionals in the effective application of constitutionally

and internationally guaranteed due process is improved. This includes training the

personnel in the National Civil Police and penitentiary system as well as the

improvement of the specialised training capacity of related actors such as trainers,

legal interpreters and cultural mediators.

3. The penal procedures and the penitentiary conditions are improved in order to

facilitate the respect of human rights and overpopulation in pre-trial detention centres

is reduced so as to ensure proper living conditions to detainees.

4. The overall society is better informed on and ready to respect the human rights of

detainees, with particular attention to gender rights, ethnic minorities’ rights and the

situation of children and adolescents in the penal system.

5. The functioning of the Entity that Coordinates the Modernisation of the Justice

Sector is strengthened.


The evaluation mission is carried out in three phases

1. desk review of the main documents related to the project and to its strategic


2. field work in Guatemala City to conduct interviews with the main stakeholders 3.

synthesis phase: review of the information collected and elaboration of the final report

integrating the recommendations for follow-up actions.



Type of services provided:

Ideaborn provided the Team Leader, expert in justice systems and human rights,

responsible for coordinating the overall mission:

- identification and analyses of relevant documents;

- organisation and conduction of interviews;

- assessment of the project’s efficiency,

effectiveness, relevance, impact and


- elaboration of the final report.

Logistics/administrative support activities for the experts (Documentation research,

document quality check, linguistic revision, logistic organisation, etc).