June 1, 2005
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

This paper is part of a larger study commissioned by the UK government to review existing work in the areas of safety and justice, to draw lessons from past and current programs, and to make recommendations to improve future practice. Specifically, this paper draws together lessons from the experiences of recent UK-funded policing and justice programs in seven countries: Afghanistan, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. We then draw on these lessons to recommend how assistance with policing and justice might be strengthened. While the paper was originally written for the UK government, we hope that the findings and recommendations will be useful to others concerned with these issues in national and multilateral institutions, as well as to students of development assistance in any setting.

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