Montenegro is a Western-oriented, emerging democracy, but still struggles with public corruption and a lack of public trust in the judicial system. While there are some innovative and effective civil society organizations (CSOs) in the criminal justice sector, greater civic engagement in promoting reform in the sector is essential for real progress to be achieved and sustained. The program is especially timely because Montenegro is currently facing a key challenge in its progress to NATO and EU membership – that of transitioning to a more effective and transparent criminal justice system as envisaged under Chapters 23 and 24 of the Acquis Communautaire.
EWMI Programs in Montenegro
The Good Governance Activity in Montenegro is a five year, $8.6mn project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI). The overall objective of the project is to help develop transparent, functioning and responsive government institutions, and to strengthen the role of civil society and the private sector as counterparts to those institutions in Montenegro. The specific focus is on the judicial system, business regulation and a variety of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) relevant to strengthening transparency and accountability.