Rule of Law IQC and Millennium DPI Partners

Millennium DPI Partners (formed in 2010 between Millennium Partners and Development Professionals, Inc) holds a USAID Rule of Law IQC contract to assist USAID promote rule of law in all parts of the globe.

We have projects in Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Kosovo and Moldova. The Millennium DPI Team includes a talented and diverse group of subcontractors and resource partners. The Millennium DPI Team covers every area of technical expertise envisioned under the ROL IQC. In addition to the strong track record of Millennium DPI to deliver senior subject matter experts with skills that cover all areas of rule of law and human rights, our subcontractors and resource partners provide extensive in-house institutional resources and great flexibility to recruit experts.

Our subcontractors and resource partners include:

Subcontractors: LexisNexis, AECOM, BAE Systems, Civilian Police International, Global Justice Solutions, KeyPoint, the Louis Berger Group, Mazars, Mendez England, Management and Training Corporation, the National Center for State Courts, Phoenix Global Solutions, and Social Solutions, Inc.

Resource Partners: The Commission of Andean Jurists (Lima, Peru), Asylum Access, Alfa XP, the Federal Judicial Center, Human Rights Resource Center – ASEAN, Informatics Studio, National Organization of Legal Assistance, Tilburg University Law School, the University of Utrecht Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, the University of South Carolina Law School, and the Vera Institute of Justice.

By assembling this diverse and talented team we are able to offer USAID specialized technical services to meet every need under the rule of law.

 Our Approach:  Rule of Law is necessary to democratic development and equitable economic growth. It is a means to empower the poor, women, and other disadvantaged citizens and provide for a secure and orderly environment where rights are protected and disputes are resolved justly and peacefully.  Our approach is to deliver rapid, effective, and often innovative assistance to enable host country governments, civil society leaders, and communities to develop the  best approaches to improve the delivery, availability, and quality of justice.

Our Philosophy: The Millennium Partners DPI’s philosophy is to promote country ownership so that after we leave the work continues and the achievements are sustained. We incorporate an integrated approach that recognizes the link between rule of law and democratic development and economic growth, and we pay careful attention to the needs and rights of women and vulnerable and excluded groups. We build from the knowledge that each country has its own unique political, institutional, and cultural landscape. Understanding the cultural norms and the political environment–who are the supporters and who are the opponents of reform–is essential to identifying opportunities that can become catalysts for change.

Understanding USAID Strategy: Millennium DPI recognizes the centrality of rule of law in USAID’s efforts to promote lasting and equitable development and to stabilize and rebuild countries emerging from conflict or challenged by violence and extremism. Our years of experience in fragile and post-conflict countries, as well as in transitioning and democratizing countries, have prepared us to undertake the challenges and program demands of USAID’s overarching strategy for democracy, human rights and governance. We understand that despite the many gains made in democracy and governance around the world, new challenges have emerged such as violence, extremism, and authoritarian variants of populism. These forces undermine rule of law and can legitimize opponents of democracy. Where governments, particularly new democracies and their societies, seek Rule of Law reform, it is imperative to move quickly to ensure that the momentum for reform is sustained and opportunities seized. This requires a clear understanding of the power structures and social forces at work, and an ability to identify those leaders and groups who are on the forefront of change.

Our experience includes strengthening the capacity of governments and non-government organizations to improve and advance the quality and delivery of justice, developing effective anti-corruption strategies and mechanisms, working with the media and civil society to raise awareness of rights and improve access to justice, promoting human rights for women and other disadvantaged groups, and building and renovating courts that better serve and protect the people.

Rule of Law Projects:

The Open Justice Project in Moldova: In May 2017, Millennium DPI was awarded a task order by USAID to strengthen the Moldovan judiciary through court efficiency measures and increased access to justice for all members of society. Millennium DPI is working with Moldovan counterparts to develop cutting edge web based technologies to improve the administration and transparency of justice sector institutions.

The Justice System Strengthening Program (JSSP) task order was awarded to Millennium DPI in November  2015. JSSP supports United States Government (USG) objectives to develop democratic freedoms that provide justice, peace, and stability. JSSP will increase the capacity of the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC), improve court administration and case management, and assist integration of courts in the North into the Kosovo Justice System.

Justice Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina:  In September, 2014 Millennium DPI was awarded the Justice Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This $9.4 million USAID funded project is being implemented in partnership with National Center for State Courts and Lucid Linx.  Millennium DPI has assembled a team of highly experienced and skilled legal experts to strengthen the capacity of prosecutors to investigate and prosecute corruption, and strengthen justice sector institutions such as the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to uphold ethical standards and combat corruption.   The implementation of the Justice Activity is being led by highly capable Bosnian nationals working closely with their government counterparts such as the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC), ministries of justice and the courts.

Sri Lanka: Civil Society Initiatives to Support the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka (CSI.ROL):  This  USAID ROL IQC task order began in October 2013 and finished in March 2017..  Program activities are designed to support rule of law by assisting targeted civil society organizations that advocate and support the enforcement of rule of law; support non-government actors that seek to improve the management and the efficacy of the Sri Lankan system; improve access to legal services for Sri Lankan citizens; and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Sri Lankan Bar Association, the Legal Aid Commission and other justice sector institutions to promote legal and policy reforms.

Bangladesh  Millennium and DPI conducted a Rule of Law assessment to identify and analyze the primary challenges and opportunities for advancing rule of law in Bangladesh, outlined strategic approaches for USAID programming, and recommended programmatic options.

MoldovaMillennium Partners provided training for judges and staff, developed pilot courts, automated court administration through ICMS, developed reference guides to improve judicial administration, strengthened the legal and regulatory basis for judicial administration, produced a Code of Ethics and sentencing guidelines, and strengthened enforcement of judgments and renovated courts to make them more citizen accessible and eliminate opportunities for corruption.

Niger In this MCC/USAID project, Millennium increased oversight procedures in Ministry of Justice, and strengthened legislation affecting citizen access to rights, land, and business opportunities. Millennium worked with Civil Society, the local chapter of Transparency International, and  journalists to raise awareness of rights and the anticorruption efforts of the government.

Azerbaijan Millennium and DPI provided an assessment of a USAID Access to Justice and Legal Education project in Azerbaijan, which analyzed the primary constraints and opportunities for advancing access to justice in Azerbaijan by increasing human rights defenders and legal services.