This paper explores how Legal Assistance for Economic Reform used a problem-driven approach to support the Kenyan Judiciary
LASER (Legal Assistance for Economic Reform) is a Department for International Development funded programme. It aims to improve investment climates in 8 developing countries by helping to identify and solve commercial law and justice problems, as well as sharing lessons about how to do this. LASER is managed by a consortium comprising KPMG and The Law & Development Partnership.
This study explores how LASER used a problem-driven approach to support the Kenyan Judiciary and the World Bank. They incorporated characteristics of a Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach into a pre-existing large-scale justice sector reform programme in Kenya, mid-way through the programme’s life cycle.
The PDIA agenda calls for a more country-led, nuanced, adaptive approach to institutional reform, with a continued focus on locally identified problems from the perspective of the beneficiary institution. Whilst other LASER case studies explore how to design new programmes using the PDIA approach, this paper tests the practical application of the approach in justice sector reform programmes that are already underway, and describes how pre-existing programmes can be practically refashioned to incorporate characteristics of PDIA. Although the academic literature on PDIA is quite limited, there is an example of where this approach has been tried before in the justice sector.
Legal Assistance for Economic Reform : Kenya Case Study: Exploring how to use a problem-driven iterative adaptation approach in restructuring pre-existing institutional reform programmes (2015) 10pp