Theory of Change

The EAJ TOC stipulates that near-term and long-term improvements in access to quality and equitable justice services require change within three domains, at the community level, within justice institutions, and for the aggrieved parties who represent the end-users of the justice system. The proposed logic chain is described below: 

IF communities participate in advancing justice solutions,
    AND IF justice institutions provide services that are responsive to community needs,

        AND IF aggrieved parties can navigate the justice pathways available to them,

THEN there will be lasting improvements in access to justice and effective mechanisms to address grievances

The EAJ team will move forward with operationalizing this TOC based on a few key assumptions that inform project design decisions. We understand that the ability of communities to participate in justice solutions depends on underlying levels of security, social relations, and trust. This necessitates the careful introduction of project interventions in early recovery areas and the inclusion of activities to foster collaboration and trust- building among community actors. Similarly, we recognize that the justice institutions that are present and credible will vary significantly, particularly in early recovery areas, and between urban and rural areas. Consistent with legal pluralism, EAJ will prioritize working with institutions that are available at the community level, meaning that precise justice partners will vary by location.