The Justice Sector Development Project II (JSDP II)
EWMI has been awarded a five-year contract with USAID to implement the Justice Sector Development Project - II (JSDP II) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Building upon the success of its predecessor project, JSDP, which contributed substantially to justice sector reform in the country, the new project will: (i) strengthen independence, accountability and effectiveness of the judiciary; (ii) assist in developing a better coordinated and more unified justice system ready for EU accession; and (iii) enhance the public’s confidence in the rule of law.
The BiH Ministry of Justice and the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) will remain key institutional counterparts for the new project, as JSDP II will serve in a partnering role to help them implement their mandates. JSDP II will include an important new effort to support prosecutors, often overlooked by donor programs. JSDP II will launch a Model Prosecutor Office Initiative that will seek to improve the management and efficiency of prosecutors’ offices. Another key new area of work is an ambitious engagement with civil society. Working closely with local NGO partners, JSDP II will help strengthen the capacity of NGOs to conduct ongoing oversight, analysis and advocacy in relation to the justice sector in order to enhance both the effectiveness and credibility of justice system institutions.