In November and December 2019, AJO under ADALAT project, conducted the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) assessment which is the most preferred method of USAID’s performance assessment. This assessment helps both ADALAT project and MoJ’s State Cases Directrate to to findout the gaps and provide solution package to address the gaps. To conduct the assessment, an international consultant recruited for this purpoe who met with with MoJ officials and stakeholders and conducted several interviews and stakeholder meetings. MoJ officials traveled to Kabul to attend the stakeholders meetings and interviews to share their views on the current sitation, the challenges and suggestions on way forward. Drafting a strategic plan and a roadmap for the State Cases and providing capacity building to the staff has been the main elements of future work for state cases that AJO under ADALAT project.
The 2013 State Cases Law outlines the objectives for the Directorate as to protect public properties, represent the government in public property related cases before the courts, and resolve disputes among the three government branches, independent commissions, and municipalities. Article 2 of the State Cases Law requires the three government branches, independent commissions and other governmental entities to cooperate with the MOJ in Kabul and all provinces.
The assessment conducted focused on:
- Examining the organizational performance to identify how the partners perform against their stated objectives and how they measure progress towards achieving those goals.
- Examining process performance to identify how internal functions and processes support (or inhibit) the achievement of institutional objectives.
- And examin individual performance to identify the role of staff in achieving institutional objectives.
The State Cases Directorate has not been developed or received sufficient support since the international intervention in Afghanistan began 15 years ago. ADALAT will be the one and only that will provide technical assistance. With branches in 34 provinces, the Directorate’s staff consists of a total of 131 professionals and 18 administrative and support staff, 53% of whom hold a university degree. The 1395 (2016-17), annual report indicates that the Directorate handled 1,232 cases in 34 provinces. State Cases involve application of an array of laws that include property laws, land taxation laws, land affairs laws, land granting state property laws, laws on managing forests, and laws on expropriation.
The Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO) is an Afghan-led, non-profit, and non-partisan organization promotes democracy, governance and rule of law through project design and management, project performance and evaluation,
training and capacity development, policy research and analysis, and public awareness campaigns and advocacy.
About ADALAT Project
Assistance for the Development of Afghan Legal Access and Transparency (ADALAT), in the concerted effort to promote rule of law and justice sector development in Afghanistan. In alignment with USAID’s core agenda in the country, ADALAT facilitates systems-building for institutions, ownership for stakeholders, and greater opportunities for women as leaders and beneficiaries of more accessible and equitable justice services. AJO is sub-contractor and implementing partner for ADALAT project and works with the Legal Aid and State Cases Directorate of Ministy of Justice.
AJO Assist the Ministry of Justice’s General State Cases Directorate on Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD)