Final Evaluation of the Justice for Every Child Project
December 2013 – November 2017
UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been working to promote children’s rights within the justice system since 2010, supported by the Swiss Government and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). The development of the Justice for Every Child Project came at an opportune time, as the child justice system in BiH underwent important reforms in both law and practice: the adoption of the Law on Protection and Treatment of Children and Juveniles in Criminal Proceedings (2010 in Republika Srpska (RS), 1011 in Brcko District (BD) and 2014 in the Federation (FBiH)) created opportunities for UNICEF to strengthen the protection of children’s rights within the justice system, both for children accused of offending and children who were victims and witnesses of crime. The first phase of the Justice for Every Child Project (2010 – 2013) focussed on supporting the implementation of the RS Law on Protection and Treatment of Children and Juveniles in Criminal Proceedings, and encouraging the adoption of the FBiH law. Phase two of the Project, implemented from 2013 - 2017, turned increased attention toward children who are victims/witnesses in criminal proceedings and children in civil proceedings, and strengthening secondary and tertiary prevention.
This independent evaluation, commissioned by UNICEF BiH and conducted by Coram International, was undertaken to assess the second phase of UNICEF’s Justice for Every Child Project as the Project will come to a close in November 2017. This evaluation was designed to review and assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of Phase II of the Project, to identify lessons learned, and make strategic recommendations for future decision-making in the area of justice for children for both UNICEF and local stakeholders. The evaluation is intended for use by UNICEF and the Project staff, the Project Coordination Board, and donors. Results of the evaluation will also be shared with key stakeholders, including relevant entity, Cantonal, municipal and State governments, and other partner