USAID Paraguay Rule of Law and Culture of Integrity

Funded by: USAIDCountry: ParaguayDate Range: 2020 - 2023Project Lead: Pulte InstituteContact: Ed Jurkovic

The USAID Paraguay Rule of Law and Culture of Integrity (ROLCI) program, saught to strengthen Paraguayan higher education institutions to improve the rule of law and culture of anti-corruption in Paraguay. To achieve this goal, the program had three expected outcomes: 1) Strengthen Higher Education Institutions; 2) Conduct research and/or technical analysis to enrich discussions over Rule of Law and anti-corruption reforms; and, 3) Improve the quality of legal services.

The Pulte Institute for Global Development led targeted initiatives to support these outcomes as part of the larger ROLCI results framework. These efforts were designed to support the strengthening of Paraguayan institutions through partnership and collaboration. Specifically, the Pulte Institute contributed:

  • An assessment of legal education within Paraguayan Higher Education Institutions, which informed curricular development and professional certification efforts; followed by targeted capacity exchange through activities such as communities of practice, guides, and mentorship to promote active learning, as well as other curricular and administrative reforms
  • Targeted research focused on the judicial system, in collaboration with Paraguayan researchers. This research contributed to the development of a larger repository of novel judicial research and analysis
  • Multiple workshop series aimed at strengthening the research and teaching capacity at the Paraguayan Higher Education Institutions
  • The development of further reports and research projects related to the judicial sector, with Paraguayan collaborators
  • Assessments, guidance documents, professional development training, and other support for the development of a professional legal certification exam for graduating and practicing lawyers

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