Project management in the field the judicial system
Presentation at the First Central and East European Regional Rule of Law
Symposium – Judicial reforms and EU accession
A short outline of a research shall be presented. The research was
conducted in 2006 by the Open Society Institute, Sofia and focused on
the participation of non-governmental organization in the reform of the
The research examines the fulfillment and the results of several NGOs’
projects in three separate fields: enhancement of the legal aid system;
introduction of probation as an alternative to the imprisonment;
transparency of the judicial system. Each of the projects is assessed as
successful by the relevant implementing organization, donating
organization and the local participants in the project. At the same time
few of their results have turned into durable practices at national level and
few of the project continue their development after the end of the
assistance by the donating organization.
The presentation will do an attempt to develop several hypotheses as an
explanation of this contradiction through analyzing the major problem
that NGOs have encountered with project management:
1. Incapability to outline the exact goal and the sphere of intervention
2. Defining of and liaison with the parties concerned
3. Why the results of a certain project can not turn into a policy?
4. Deficit of resources or deficit of competence?
In conclusion, recommendations will be presented on more active and
durable engagement of the citizens’ organizations in the reform of the
Bulgarian judicial system.