Central African Accountable Service Delivery Initiative (CAASDI)
The Central Africa Accountable Service Delivery Initiative (CAASDI), a six year program supported by CDA and Besa: Catalyzing Strategic Change, and funded by the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), was completed in December, 2017.
Under CAASDI, CDA published multiple reports researching the nature of corruption in the criminal justice sectors of Central African Republic (Bangui), Democratic Republic of Congo (Lubumbashi), and Uganda (Northern Uganda) alongside partners at The Fletcher School. All of this work, plus additional contributions from policymakers, academics, and practitioners, can still be found on this webpage and CDA Perspectives Blog.
CDA worked with its partners to capture lessons from CAASDI’s innovative approach to combating corruption. We hope that these lessons will inform the development of programs in other countries, and contribute to learning in the field of anti-corruption more broadly.
In regions such as Central Africa, corruption is rife and one of the greatest obstacles to building effective governmental institutions and ending cycles of violence and instability. Within the criminal justice sector in particular, corruption threatens the sense of security among citizens, provides preferential access to justice, threatens the legitimacy of state institutions and harms overall economic performance.
Read our Learning Focused Blog Series on Corruption in Fragile States
CAASDI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
CAASDI was an innovative project developed to promote accountable criminal justice sector service delivery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The CAASDI’s approach included a systemic analysis of public corruption in the criminal justice sector, program design based on explicit theories of change, and incorporation of strong monitoring and evaluation elements.
In August 2015, CDA launched a one-year pilot project in Lubumbashi, DRC through its implementing partner, RCN Justice & Démocratie. The project will develop a network of criminal justice sector stakeholders intent on raising awareness about specific corrupt practices and identifying effective strategies for action against corruption in the local context. The network will promote dialogue and generate effective anti-corruption advocacy through increased collective action.