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Open Justice Presents Public Opinion Survey on the Judiciary

On Wednesday, February 7, a press conference was held to present the results of the Public Opinion Survey on the judiciary in the Republic of Moldova conducted by USAID’s Open Justice Project and the EU’s project Increasing the Efficiency, Accountability, and Transparency of Judicial Courts in Moldova (ATRECO). The survey was conducted in response to the Superior Council of Magistracy’s call for a more concrete assessment of the public’s perception of the judiciary.

The results of survey that were presented at the press conference indicated a low level of trust in the judiciary. Following the conference, a leading Moldovan newspaper, Deschide Stirea, highlighted how “Only 16% of Moldovans trust the Moldovan justice system. The figure is a bit higher, 18%, for those who have been directly involved with the judiciary. Superior Court of Magistracy President Victor Micu noted that corruption is a primary reason for low public confidence in the judiciary and he would like to see more surveys conducted to be able to identify and combat corrupt behavior.

Press Conference – From the left Open Justice Chief of Party, Cristina Malai, Victor Micu, President of the SCM, Carsten Mahnke, Team Leader of ATRECO, Sebastian Lazaroiu, and a representative from Magenta Consulting representative.

The Open Justice project, led by Chief of Party, Cristina Malai, is working closely with judicial counterparts like Mr. Micu to improve the quality of and the access to justice in Moldova by strengthening the capacity and integrity of judges and by using technology such as ICMS and other innovations to improve the efficiency and transparency judicial processes.

 

Investment and Growth in Tunisia

Millennium Partners and Banyan Global team up to evaluate the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund

Millennium Partners together with Banyan Global, recently conducted a performance evaluation for USAID of the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund (TAEF). TAEF was established by Congress in 2012 for the purpose of supporting small and medium enterprise (SME) growth and promote international commercial best practices. Millennium Partners and Banyan fielded a diverse team of experts to conduct an “early implementation” evaluation on how the processes, investment strategy, governance, and operational structures of TAEF support the achievement of the goals of developing Tunisia’s private sector.

 

 Open Justice Project in Moldova awarded to Millennium DPI by USAID May 2017

The Open Justice Project in Moldova, awarded to Millennium DPI, on May 15, 2017, is a two-year undertaking to provide technical assistance to promote more accountable and efficient justice processes that are transparent and accessible to all members of society. By promoting cutting-edge, web-based technological solutions, such as a fully integrated case management system (ICMS), the project will improve the administration and transparency of justice sector institutions.

 Open Justice Chief of Party, Cristina Malai, speaking at the Open Justice Project launch June 2017.

Justice System Strengthening Program (JSSP) in Kosovo awarded to Millennium DPI in November 2015.

The 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.

Bosnia Justice Project awarded to Millennium DPI in September, 2014.

Millennium DPI was awarded the Justice Project in Bosnia and  Herzegovina by USAID in September, 2014.  The $9.4 million project will be completed in 2019. The project is being implemented by Millennium DPI in partnership with the National Center for State Courts and Lucid Linx, a company based in Sarajevo,Bosnia. See http://usaidjp.ba/en

 

International Legal Foundation (ILF) International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, June 24-26 2014 Johannesburg, South Africa:

Millennium DPI Partners, under its USAID project Civil Society Initiatives To Promote the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka (CSI.ROL) is providing funding for four senior representatives of the Sri Lanka Legal Sector to participate in the ILF conference in South Africa in June 2014.

The four participants who will take part on a study tour of legal aid and a conference on public criminal defense services include the Bar Association of Sri Lanka president Upul Jayasuriya, the Legal Aid Commission Chair Rohan Sahabandu, Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Justice K.D. Arandara, Executive Director of Lawyers for Human Rights and Development Kalyananda Tiranagama. Our CSI.ROL Deputy Program Manager Nadee Gunaratne will also take part. MDPI principal Natalija Stamenkovic will accompany them. The study tour meetings – to take place on June 19 to 23, will include the Legal Aid Commission, Constitutional Court, LexisNexis, Law Society of South Africa, Law Reform Commission, and University of Johannesburg Law School. The conference, “Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems”, will take place on June 24 – 26, hosted by Legal Aid South Africa, International Legal Foundation, UNODC, and UNDP.

Millennium Partners Rumu Sarkar– Joins Millennium Partners as General Counsel

rumu  Rumu Sarkar joined Millennium Partners as General Counsel in November 2013. She is the former General Counsel for the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission and 2004 Overseas Basing Commission.

She also served at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the US Agency for International Development as an attorney on administrative law, ethics, contractor litigation and on project finance programs. At USAID she served as a lead litigator for contractor disputes and had a 100 percent win rate at the US Court of Federal Claims and at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Also at USAID she led negotiations for a USAID-Eximbank $500 million mixed credit program with Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines that provided project finance for power and telecommunications projects.

Her academic experience includes Distinguished Guest Lecturer and Advisory Board Member for Loyola University Chicago School of Law and adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She has authored two law textbooks, INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW (Oxford University Press, 2009), and TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW (Kluwer Law Int’l, 2003). In 2007 she was awarded Grand Prize by the St. Cyr Foundation (France’s West Point) for her essay, “A Fearful Symmetry: A New Global Balance of Power?” now available as a book THE NEW SOLDIER IN AN AGE OF ASYMMETRIC CONFLICT. She is also a Fulbright Scholar (2013-2018) and isavailable as a guest lecturer to foreign universities and U.S. institutions abroad.

Ms. Sarkar is a graduate of Columbia University (BA Political Science), the Antioch School of Law (JD) and Cambridge University, Newham College (LLM and Ph.D.).

 

Millennium DPI and the Sri Lanka Bar Association forge partnership in a ceremony on January 16th, 2013.

USAID -BASL PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE RULE OF LAW

The MOU between Millennium DPI and the BASL was signed on 16th January 2014 at the BASL Auditorium. The USAID Mission Director and the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, who were present, also signed a Statement of Participation in support of the BASL’s commitment to promote legal and policy reforms. 

“We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Civil Society in ways that strengthen democratic institutions, support rule of law and promote an independent judicial system.”–BASL President Upul Jayasuriya.

Millennium DPI is awarded a task order under the Rule of Law IQC to work with Civil Society in Sri Lanka To Support Rule of Law

October 2013

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.

 

Millennium Challenge Account Contract for Blanket Purchase Agreement issued to Millennium Partners.

June 2013

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Stakeholder Survey Published: Millennium Partners participated in the 2012 MCA Stakeholder Survey.

2012

This  127 page report summarizes survey findings from 640 policymakers and practitioners in 100 developing countries. Millennium Partners provided information about its MCC projects in Niger and Moldova. The full report and a summary of the report can be found here:

The full 127-page report : http://www.wm.edu/offices/itpir/_documents/reform-incentives-report-mcc.pdf

A more concise summary of the survey findings, published by the Center for Global Development, can be found at http://www.cgdev.org/content/publications/detail/1426969/

For more information about the ‘Making Reform Incentives Work for Developing Countries’ project at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, please visit http://www.wm.edu/offices/itpir/reform_incentives/index.php.   Millennium Partners and its partner Development Professionals Inc., under its newly formed company Millennium DPI is awarded the Rule of Law contract by USAID.

Millennium Partners and its partner Development Professionals Inc., under its newly formed company Millennium DPI, is awarded the Rule of Law IQC contract by USAID.

February 2013

Search under Contracts for more information about the Rule of Law contract and Millennium DPI and its subcontractors and resource partners.

Millennium Partners wins GSA MOBIS Contract

January 2013

In early 2013 Millennium Partners was awarded a 5 year $16 million GSA MOBIS schedule contract for SIN (Special item Number) 874; this is a management consulting contract that will allow Millennium Partners to work with almost any US government agency. Under this contract vehicle an agency in the US government can issue task order to Millennium Partners up to $1 million dollars.

Millennium Partners Conducts Rule of Law assessment in Azerbaijan

Millennium Partners Conducts Rule of Law assessment in Azerbaijan

January 2012

In early 2012 Millennium Partners undertook a targeted assessment that focused on the state of legal education and legal aid in Azerbaijan and made specific programmatic intervention recommendations to US Agency for International Development (USAID) on these two subject areas in rule of law. This assessment has become the basis for rule of law activities currently in Azerbaijan.

Millennium Partners Forms new Partnership with Development Professionals Inc (DPI)

2011

Millennium Partners and Development Professionals Inc (DPI) recently agreed to form a partnership to carry out Rule of Law and Democracy programs.  DPI is a small woman-owned company that specializes in rule of law programming and monitoring and evaluations of democracy programs. Its president and owner is  Natalija Stamenkovic, a rule of law  expert and  development professional who has served in many senior roles for large international donors and implementers. From 2005-2007, Ms. Stamenkovic joined the United States Agency for International Development where she served as a Senior Rule of Law Advisor to the Europe and Eurasia Bureau.  During her tenure at USAID she provided extensive guidance to the USAID missions in Kosovo, Serbia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to design new rule of law strategies, monitor and evaluate existing projects and develop RFP’s for new rule of law programs.  From 2008-2010, Ms. Stamenkovic was the Director of Democracy, Governance and Community Development at International Relief and Development.  She managed large donor programs that were promoting democracy and governance in Cuba, Indonesia, and Sudan. She has  worked recently in the Congo and South Africa on programs to improve access to justice for vulnerable groups. Ms. Stamenkovic specializes in criminal institutional reform and access to justice particularly for vulnerable populations.

Millennium Partners and DPI worked together in Bangladesh for USAID on a rule of law assessment program and two project evaluations. See below for further information on this project.

Bangladesh Rule of Law

February, 2011

Millennium Partners together with Development Professionals Inc (DPI) were asked by USAID/Bangladesh to conduct a Rule of Law assessment and two project Evaluations for USAID’s Democracy and Governance program. The rule of law assessment provided a targeted analysis of the status of rule of law development in Bangladesh, and made an assessment of the primary opportunities and constraints to the development of rule of law in Bangladesh. The Millennium Partners/DPI  team identified priority areas that could benefit from USAID interventions and made recommendations for future rule of law programs. Millennium also conducted evaluations for two USAID programs, the Leaders of Influence Program (LOI), a four year program designed to enhance the capacity of religious and secular leaders to contribute to national development and democratic reform efforts;  and PROGATI, (Promoting Governance, Accountability, Transparency and Integrity), a four year anti-corruption  program.

Moldova News

March 1, 2010

Millennium Partners  signed a contract with USAID to work with the government of Moldova to improve the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of several of their ministries, including the Ministry of Agriculture, the Superior Council of Magistrates, the Ministry of Economy, and the Ministry of Finance.

Tijara News

December 30, 2009 – Iraq
The government agency USAID’s Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Programme, designed to support improved access to finance and business development services in the micro and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sectors, says that since its inception less than two years ago, the level of microfinance and bank financing has more than doubled from the baselines set by Tijara’s predecessor, the Izdihar project, and innovative financing mechanisms – such as SME-focused lending units in a few private banks – are helping expand financial services offerings where they never existed before.”

“A progress report published in September 2009 says that under Tijara, cumulative small, medium and micro enterprise loan disbursements have reached $344m. SME lending units in nine private banks affiliated with the Iraqi Company for Bank Guarantees (ICBG) have been launched in 34 branches in 16 provinces, shelling out for more than $16m in loans. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Company for Financing SMEs came into being this summer and in its first two months of operation made 200 loans totaling $3.5m…” —Is Foreign Investment the Answer to Iraq’s Banking Needs? Courtney Fingar, The Banker, December 30, 2009.

Moldova Reaches Millennium Challenge Account Compact Status

January 22, 2010
Secretary of State and Chairman of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors, Hillary Clinton hosted the signing of the $262 million Millennium Challenge Account Compact Agreement with Moldova. The event was  hosted at the State Department and Prime Minister Vladimir Filat of Moldova and Daniel Yohannes, the CEO of MCC, signed the agreement. Millennium Partners recently completed the MCC Governance Threshold Country Program focused on anti corruption reforms in the judicial, health and tax sectors, which significantly contributed to raising the indicators to enable Moldova to be eligible for a compact award under the Millennium Challenge Account. Brian Hannon, the CEO of Millennium Partners, and Laurence Vetter, the project’s former Chief of Party, met with PM Filat and a delegation visiting Washington for the signing. The compact focuses on irrigation sector reform, the reconstruction of irrigation systems, access to agricultural finance, and related capacity building and training activities, as well as the rehabilitation of a section of the country’s national road network.

Millennium Board Member and Senior Legal Advisor Rumu Sarkar Publishes A Fearful Symmetry: The New Soldier In an Age of Asymmetric Conflict

Millennium Partners’ Senior Legal Advisor and Board Member, Rumu Sarkar is the author of  A Fearful Symmetry: The New Soldier In An Age Of Asymmetric Conflict, scheduled to be released in April 2010. The New Soldier deploys a new set of analytic techniques to frame global terrorism that is both fruitful and useful in practice by NATO, the UN and other multinational forces. The forward is by Jamie Shea of NATO and the book is based on a grand prize winning essay submitted by Dr. Sarkar to the St. Cyr Foundation (St. Cyr is France’s West Point) in 2007.

Dr. Sarkar previously served as a Senior Advisor to Calibre Systems, General Counsel of the Base Realingment and Closure Commission, the Overseas Basing Commission and as a former Assistant General Counsel for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and formerly a staff attorney with the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a Wall St. attorney. She is an Adjunct Law Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center  and has published extensive books and articles on international development law.

Copies of the New Soldier being published by Praeger may be purchased in advance for a 20 percent discount through February 28, 2010. Go to www.abc-clio.com and enter the code 101ALA4 to receive your discount. The book will be released in April 2010.

Esther Hannon, Millennium Partners President and Ivy Inter-American Foundation Board Member Make Humanitarian Award to Rita Conceição of Bahia Street

December 14, 2009
Esther Hannon, President of Millennium Partners and a Board Member of the Ivy Inter-American Foundation, a non-profit foundation that seeks to assist, educate, and empower children in Latin America joined members of the Ivy Inter-American Board to present a humanitarian award to Bahia Street Director Rita Conceição on December 14 for her work helping girls in Bahia break cycles of poverty and violence through quality educational opportunities(see www.bahiastreet.org.) Hon. Ruy de Lima Casaes e Silva, Brazil’s Ambassador to the OAS, hosted the event honoring Ms. Conceição. For more information about the Ivy Inter-American Foundation and how to donate please go to www.ivyinteramericanfoundation.org

Millennium Partners teams up with the University of Virginia’s Global Development Program

The University of Virginia and Millennium Partners are collaborating on the development of a new Global Development Program  for undergraduates. Millennium Partners is assisting the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Richard Handler with a new global development studies program by providing leading speakers on global development, hosting events, participating in seminars, and providing UVA undergrads with hands on experience working with Millennium Partners. During November and December 2009 Millennium Partners brought two speakers to the UVA campus to meet with students and faculty and deliver a lecture on current international development issues. US Ambassador Philip Carter,  the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, spoke about his many years serving in Africa and his views of the region’s prospects for political and economic development. Rodney Bent, the former CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, spoke about the MCC  approach to development and the many challenges that remain. Millennium Partners will be working with Dean Handler to bring other leading development experts to the UVA campus as the program develops. Millennium Partners continues to employ UVA undergrads who are seeking international development experience in a hands on environment. Interested UVA students should also see the Career page for more information.

Threshold Country Program Marks Achievements in Moldova

September 15, 2009
An agreement establishing the Threshold Country Program was signed by the United States and Moldova on December 15, 2006. The program will be coming to its end on September 30 with widespread achievements in many areas. The program, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, was administered by USAID and implemented by various partners including Millennium Partners. It set forth the framework for an ambitious, multi-pronged initiative to combat corruption and increase transparency in Moldova’s public sector.

Many achievements have been attained in the program’s distinct components: judicial administration, health services, and tax administration under the Moldova Governance Threshold County Program, and other programs supporting the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, and the Customs Service, as well as building capacity in civil society and media to monitor reforms. Many wide-ranging policy changes and other reforms have resulted, which have contributed to good governance and greater transparency in government institutions.

U.S. Ambassador, Asif J. Chaudhry and key Moldovan government officials spoke at an official celebratory close-out event at the Leogrand Hotel, Chisinau on September 15, 2009. The theme of the event was, “Celebrating our Achievements: Committing to the Future.”

In his remarks to attendees, Ambassador Chaudhry said the program’s milestones of achievement were notable but they represented far more than statistics; they translated into real-life and meaningful change for citizens. Ambassador Chaudhry said, “We rightfully gather today to celebrate these many achievements, but we also are here – during this time of political change – to commit ourselves to continuing to build upon the groundwork that has been laid by the Threshold Country Program. We know from our experience in the United States that reducing corruption and increasing transparency takes time and will require constant vigilance and hard work, and that the work is never finished. I am confident that the Threshold Country Program has brought greater consciousness in Moldova of how corruption can, and must, be tamed. Yours is a long- term commitment to address these issues and we, your U.S. counterparts, are here to continue to serve in partnership with you in that quest.”