The rule of law has declined globally for the fifth year in a row. This reveals the latest publication
of the World Justice Projects. “Authoritarian trends that predate the pandemic continue to erode the rule of law,” said Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the World
Justice Project (WJP). “Checks on executive power are weakening and respect for human rights is falling.”
As a result, 4.4 billion people live in a country where rule of law is declining.
The most dramatic rule of law declines have been in Index factors associated with rising authoritarianism.
Respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms is down in
three-quarters of countries since 2015, and “Constraints on Government
Powers”–including oversight by the judiciary, legislature, and media–has
fallen in two-thirds of countries studied.
Many SDC priority countries figure among the top movers - in both
the positive and negative sense: The countries with the biggest decline in rule of law this year are Sudan, Myanmar, Haiti, Afghanistan,
and Nicaragua. The countries that improved their rule of law score the most this year are Honduras, Kosovo, Belize, Moldova,
and the United States.
Read the full report
We would like to remind you, that the Open Debate “Gender expertise and mainstreaming in peace operations – good or harm?“ organized by the Swiss Institute for Global Affairs (SIGA) in cooperation with the r4d programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and DDPS/SWISSINT will take place at the Swiss Armed Forces International Command.
What does the decent work agenda mean for SDC? How can interventions for inclusive economic development be even better oriented towards the realization of the human right to decent and favorable working conditions? Should we prioritize jobs creation over the working conditions?
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)’s Governance Network, in partnership with DESPRO, is delighted to announce a new webinar which is open for all to attend.
"Theories of change help aid workers and peacebuilders to make their programs more effective, but they are rarely used to their full potential. Creating a detailed logic of intervention helps to identify gaps in programming, highlight assumptions that need to be tested and provide a sound base for strategic choices that can increase impact. This course provides the conceptual background for working with theories of change in fragile contexts and then focuses on how 'good' theories of change can be developed and used by practitioners to gain an in-depth understanding of the change their programs trigger."