Evaluation of Juvenile Justice Programme in Albania “Enhanced capacity of Albanian law enforcement agencies and courts to meet HR standards in juvenile justice-a comprehensive justice chain approach”
In the framework of the implementation of the Swedish Strategy for Reform Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey, 2014-2022 (extended up to October 2021), the Embassy of Sweden in Albania/Sida has financed a proposal from 4 Swedish law enforcement agencies (Police, Prosecution, Courts, Prison&Probation) to jointly cooperate with their Albanian counterparts to strengthen the whole justice chain for juveniles in conflict with the law. The intervention has been implemented under the leadership of the Swedish Police Authority, during a total period of 5 years ( 3 +2 years extension), to be completed in June 2022. The intervention aimed to support the implementation of the new Albanian Code on Juvenile Justice, in order to reach the applicable international standards, and to improve the work of all involved Albanian agencies, with a special focus in strengthening inter-agency cooperation and organizational capacities of each agency.
The evaluation object was the intervention “Enhanced capacity of Albanian law enforcement agencies and courts to meet HR standards in juvenile justice-a comprehensive justice chain approach” Programme (July 2017-June 2022).
Cooperation partners included:
Swedish side: Swedish Police as the Lead Agency for the intervention (coordinating reporting, dialogue with the Embassy/Sida, Albanian Ministry of Justice and other international and local stakeholders), Swedish Prosecution, Court Administration, Prison&Probation;
Albanian side: Ministry of Justice, Albanian State Police, Prosecution, Courts, Prison, Probation.
This was an end of intervention evaluation, to help the Embassy/Sida and its involved cooperation partners, to assess the overall results of the on-going intervention, and to learn from what works well and less well. The evaluation will be used to inform decisions on how similar projects’ preparation and implementation (multiple authorities, systemic joint interventions) can be adjusted and improved in the future.