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"What Does Progress in Justice and Safety Look Like?"
Second Annual Harvard Workshop
November 12-13, 2009
Harvard Kennedy School - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sponsored by the UK Department for International Development, this workshop was a follow-on to our first workshop in March 2008, and was designed to accelerate collaboration among experts involved in creating systems of indicators for the justice sector, including leaders and responsible officials in governments, development institutions, donor, and civil society organizations.
Participants heard presentations about the measures and indicators currently being developed in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Jamaica, and discussed the governance context in which they operate. They also learned about the opportunities for new indicator work in Papua New Guinea from representatives of the government and the Australian Government's Overseas Aid Program(AusAID).
As a group we examined the emerging craft of indicator design, the role of civil society organizations in producing indicators, the kind of capacity required to generate good indicators, the contributions that donor organizations could make to development, as well as the use of more meaningful measures of justice and safety for the sector.
This was an opportunity for individuals and organizations beyond the Harvard collaboration to hear formal presentations about the specific measures for a single indicator being designed in the course of the project, and then participate in a discussion of the significance of these indicators for the expanding universe of indicator development in the justice sector.
Thomas Mustapha Lahai