Limiting the Arbitrary Use of Force

The Rule of Law has been a buzz word for more than 20 years in international development and cooperation. Nested in numerous strategic documents it tends to be formulated and operationalised as the ambition to reform the justice institutions of a State. SDGI promotes a holistic view of Rule of Law as a “system based on a set of principles for observing human rights and limiting the State’s use of arbitrary force on the individual”.

Understanding the System

The SDGI model explains the Rule of Law as a normative system with three regulatory functions with a number of embedded principles. Collectively they contribute to the prevention of conflict and the consolidation of stable societies. *

A system for division of power within the State…

[...] based on a set of principles and norms which collectively prescribe institutional independence and establish a framework of constraints on the arbitrary exercise of power and use of force against any individual in society.

A normative framework for good governance…

[…] affecting a wide range of issues that are fundamental to personal and collective development, the fulfilment of rudimentary human security needs and essential in preventing marginalisation.

A process of instituting and administering conflict resolution and fair and equitable justice…

[…] which enables societies to prevent as well as resolve conflict and a central aspect of governance that ensures procedural, retributive, and restorative justice.

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* The SDGI model is based on an explanatory model developed by the founder of SDGI while working for Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA).
No cooperation between SDGI and FBA is herein implied.

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A Holistic Approach to Project Planning

The SDGI LFA Chart

The SDGI Logical Framework Approach (LFA) Chart can be used to take a programmatic approach to planning and result based management. It can also facilitate organisational planning and institutional capacity building.

Our chart has been applied by EU CSDP Missions and NGOs alike. It was integrated in the 2015 EUPOL ’Advising at a Strategic Level Handbook’ and used in delivery of pre-deployment courses and capacity strengthening exercises.

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