governance, peace & security

Stability, good governance and the rule of law is the foundation for the development of prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities.

We use an integrated governance approach and follow a comprehensive capacity development process to support governance and public sector reform based on: inclusion and participation of people and service delivery; equity, equality and non-discrimination for all; transparency of processes and accountability towards people; efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector to fulfill its responsibilities; and capacity and responsiveness to the needs of the population.

Alinea has been providing support to peace and security operations in fragile and conflict-affected states for more than two decades. We have been involved in stabilization efforts in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia in countries seeking sustained levels of peace and security. We have assisted in the transition to democracy by working with groups on reconciliation and helping communities develop through effective collaboration and stronger participation in law-making, development planning, as well as the advancement and inclusion of women.

Alinea works to promote the rule of law and improve access to justice. We provide advice and support to government partners, such as justice ministries and the judiciary; lead multi-stakeholder public policy dialogues; and create opportunities for information sharing about best practices and similar reform experiences around the world. We engage technical experts to assist in developing policies, related legal and regulatory frameworks and training to support reforms in accordance with international legal and human rights standards.

We are strong advocates in combating violence and promoting equal access to justice, information and other fundamental freedoms for women, children and other vulnerable groups.

UKRAINE: Support to Ukraine’s Reform for Governance Project (Global Affairs Canada)

Alinea’s Support to Ukraine’s Reform for Governance (SURGe) Project is supporting the Government of Ukraine (GoU) to deliver governance and economic reforms that better respond to the needs of its citizens, particularly women and girls. The project builds on previous investments made by Canada, including the Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (EDGE) Project implemented by Alinea to strengthen the GoU’s reform management functions. SURGe focuses on qualitative aspects of reform management by introducing and supporting the integration of citizen’s needs and requirements into planning and implementation processes to ensure that the different needs, interests and constraints of women/girls and men/boys are considered. Under SURGe, Alinea works with the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers to strengthen its role as the country’s national reform agenda owner, building its capacity to guide, coordinate and direct government institutions as they work together on their respective reforms. Alinea is also building the capacity of key ministries, departments and agencies to plan and implement reforms through results based management (RBM) and gender-based analysis (GBA+) as process models to analyze, design and implement individual reform initiatives.

PERU: Strengthening of Regional Governments for Social and Economic Development (Global Affairs Canada)

The Strengthening of Regional Governments for Social and Economic Development (SRGSED) Project was a governance initiative focused on reducing economic inequality and supporting sustainable economic growth in Northern Peru. Alinea worked with four regional governments to improve the quality and accessibility of public services by building their capacity in planning, public administration, information management and e-government, leading to more inclusive delivery, increased transparency and effectiveness, and improved quality and accessibility of public services. The project supported an e-government initiative as well as sponsoring hackathons and using open data to create local, community-based solutions to enhance access to information and improve government services.

SOUTH SUDAN: Community Stabilization and Peace through Capacity Building (Global Affairs Canada)

In the South Sudanese counties of Pibor and Uror in Jonglei State, persistent communal and ethnic violence threaten peace and security. In response to this crisis, Alinea implemented the GAC-funded, Community Stabilization and Peace through Capacity Building project in order to enhance security and peaceful relations among community members and leaders by providing training for citizens on skills to heal trauma and reconcile conflict. Working with The Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE), the project organized capacity development activities in basic trauma healing, conflict reconciliation, community stabilization and the development of educational materials on conflict prevention. The diverse range of participants included community members, government administrators, police, chiefs, and headmen/headwomen. The project’s innovative use of broad-reaching educational materials and exchange visits led to improved dialogue, healing and mutual understanding.

VIETNAM: Judicial Development and Grassroots Engagement (JUDGE) (Global Affairs Canada)

Alinea partnered with Vietnam’s Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Justice to strengthen and modernize the Vietnamese justice system, promote citizen’s access to the courts and foster more transparent and accountable governance. The key objectives of JUDGE were three-fold: 1) professional training for judicial personnel in line with international standards and principles: 2) improved efficiency through administrative/procedural reform: and 3) improved dispute resolution and dissemination of legal information to citizens. Alinea employed a variety of innovative solutions, including the use of select pilot courts to test administrative reforms. Further innovations included support to the Ministry of Justice to develop mechanisms for public engagement in the legislative drafting process, as well as facilitating judge-led, peer-to-peer judicial training programs. The development of national legislative and judicial standards of consistency resulted in improved efficiency and fairness in court proceedings, and enhanced public consultation on draft legislation and dissemination of new legislation improved public understanding and acceptance of legal reforms.