Sectors

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In this area we work on the different phases of the justice cycle. We begin with legislative and Public Policy development, continuing with rights training and then with crime prevention. Following this is the accompaniment to access to justice and supporting the management the courts and alternative mechanisms. Finally, we support the reintegration into society of offenders, especially young people.

A first area of mediation is the support for the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of legislation and public policies at different levels in order to strengthen knowledge of, access to and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, with particular attention paid to the areas of gender and childhood.

A second area of mediation is in the initial phase of the cycle of justice, and it deals with facilitating knowledge of rights in a comprehensive and early manner, in what we call Global Citizenship. In this area, ideaborn contributes to the daily practice of civil and political rights and freedoms through civic education with the aim of making citizenship a driving force that will prepare young people to contribute actively to the economic, social and cultural life of their societies. Ideaborn provides long-term support to educational authorities and civil society organizations, placing at the centre of the educational process such fundamental values as the equal rights of all men and women, irrespective of their origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion.

The third phase specifically reinforces a greater challenge of the rule of law, such as the prevention of violence and delinquency, and for that we work in three priority areas: the strengthening of the planning and evaluation processes of public policies of primary prevention in these areas, which strengthens the synergies of the state at the central and local levels and with civil society and the academic world; support for the exchange of best practices and technical training in the workplace. The latter, is done through alliances with recognized, prestigious groups in the fields of: the arts, sport, training and support for education professionals, prevention of extremist radicalism and discriminatory speeches, the accompaniment of youngsters in more deprived neighbourhoods in their search for employment in the formal sector of the economy, and, finally, in the whole universe of juvenile justice in conflict with the law.

A third area concerns the application of justice and its subsequent follow-up. Here, ideaborn focuses on strengthening the mechanisms, both formal (court) and alternative (mediation), with the aim of ensuring due process and equal opportunities for all parties. Within this same process, the subsequent monitoring processes are supported during the implementation of the sentence of deprivation of liberty and in those penalties that are alternatives to imprisonment. Finally, ideaborn also reinforces the processes of social reintegration of ex-combatants.

We can offer support with all the topics around the rule of law mentioned so far. We do so with studies and advice in developed and developing countries.

It should be noted, however, that formal and informal justice in some developing countries reverses connotations of legal dualism, in the sense that it deals with the coexistence of traditional / ancestral justice with modern justice. In these cases we support the transition from traditional justice to mediation systems and we strengthen channels of supervision and transition to the formal system for issues that require a high level of due process.

From the paintings by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the city of Siena at the beginning of the fourteenth century to the concept of “local democracy” coined by Mayor Pascual Maragall in the city of Barcelona at the end of the twentieth century, we have spent more than 600 years with a common interest in good governance.

In our work we take this concept of “local democracy” as our own to promote the principle of subsidiarity (what can be done at the local level should not be done at a higher level) and to support the participation of civil society in the planning and monitoring of participatory public policies at the local level. In this context, we stress that democracy consists not only in calling elections from time to time, but also in strengthening the systems of citizen participation and the real balance of legislative, executive and judicial power.

But even with the division of powers, good governance cannot exist where corruption prevails. That is why we also work at the level of supporting the implementation and evaluation of public policies that facilitate transparency in the management of the supply of public services and the prevention of corruption.

In the same vein, it cannot be said that good governance exists when the most disadvantaged populations do not have access to financing of the productive projects they wish to carry out at a price that makes them possible and viable. In other words, at ideaborn, we believe that the struggle for equity and equal opportunities must necessarily facilitate access to capital for the vulnerable population, and especially in rural societies. In this area, we are looking for synergies between public policies of rural development and the programs and institutions that promote access to legal and formal credit, highlighting those forming the financial sector.

In the area of Good Governance we work mainly in countries emerging from armed conflict, where weak states facilitate corruption and where power obtained by force of arms runs the risk of being present during the peace building process, to the detriment of non-discrimination for any reason, including ideology or religion.Mediations in areas emerging from conflict always involve hard work in institutional strengthening and, in particular, to ensure synergies and subsequent linkages between emergency assistance programs for displaced persons, refugees and other victims with programs to support vulnerable populations common to any society. For, once the causes that lead to vulnerability have been resolved, it must disappear and any health care policy must be able to self-evaluate its effectiveness or inefficiency in order to extradite its users from situations of vulnerability.