Turnkey Mediation Centers; ADR Technical Assistance
May 2014 – February 2016
Investment in Afghanistan is limited by a court system that is unable to manage current caseloads efficiently and that provides, instead, an uncertain, lengthy, and costly process of enforcing commercial contracts. By requiring investors to assume such large uncertainties in contract enforcement, Afghanistan risks its long-term growth potential, macro-economic stability and, as well, as its ability to strengthen democratic governance.
Given this environment Harakat awarded ADR Center a contract to develop an Alternative Dispute Mechanism to provide the business community with a reliable, transparent, and accountable manner for resolving disputes. This mechanism includes the creation of the Afghanistan Centre for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) capable of carrying out mediation of commercial disputes in a professional, transparent, and accountable manner.
This project sets out an intensive approach to build an environment that supports mediation sustainability. As the issues facing mediation development in Afghanistan are large and pervasive, this project is designed to achieve the growth of mediation by: 1) delivering it into the mainstream among professionals and businesses that they support; 2) by utilizing a dual track approach of building the capacity to supply reliable and professional mediation services though development of a reputable mediation provider, the ACDR, and building the demand for mediation through a comprehensive, targeted campaign to train and inform professionals; build awareness among businesses and citizens regarding the availability and benefits of mediation; and gain the vital support of judges and courts to refer cases to mediation.
Harakat – Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization
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