Our Work & Research

Our Work

Our work is concentrated in four program areas:

  • Governance and Justice System Strengthening
  • Human Rights and Access to Justice
  • Transitions, Conflict Mitigation and Peacebuilding
  • Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Research and Assessments

ABA ROLI’s overseas work is supported by legal research and assessments. The program conducts in-depth evaluations of draft legislation at the request of host country partners, conducts legal research, produces resource guides on rule of law issues, and develops and implements a range of assessment tools.

To date, ABA ROLI has developed 13 formal assessment tools and methodologies that explore significant rule of law topics, from access to justice and judicial reform to detention procedures and prosecutorial reform. We have conducted more than 80 assessments in 30 countries using these tools, which are available online and are regularly relied upon by local reformers, technical assistance providers, international donors and scholars alike. 

ABA ROLI has conducted over 80 assessments in more than 30 countries using these tools, all of which are publicly available and are regularly relied upon by local reformers, technical assistance providers, international donors and scholars alike

Monitoring and Evaluation

ABA ROLI adopts rigorous and innovative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches to assess the quality and effectiveness of its programs, ensuring that its programs are grounded in empirical evidence and remain relevant and sustainable.

The ABA ROLI M&E team provides training and technical assistance to ABA ROLI program staff, building their capacity to develop instruments and frameworks for systematic monitoring of program outputs and to measure longer-term outcomes. ABA ROLI’s commitment to M&E supports its accountability to donors, as well as to the lawyers, civil society actors and members of the public who participate in its programs.

Program Funding and Donors

In fiscal year 2015, which ran from September 2014 through August 2015, the bulk of ABA ROLI‘s program funds were received as grants from the United States government—specifically from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development—and from the governments of the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. We also received program funding from The Catherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, the 11th Hour Project and from individual donors.