In June 2014, RWI commissioned an independent expert review of its Kenya Programme to assess the operation of the Programme as a whole, and to provide a basis for decision-making on future best alternatives by looking at lessons learnt, before the Programme would come to an end in December 2014.
The RWI Kenya Programme, funded by Swedish Development Cooperation (Sida), was initially designed as a two-year programme, for the period 2012-2013, but on agreement with Sida it was extended for a third year of programme implementation. The main component and focus of the Programme during this period concerned creating sustainable capacity within the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) to meet relevant international human rights standards, in particular the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMR). The Programme also included a smaller component designed to contribute to enhanced human rights perspectives in efforts for a coordinated, effective and consultative approach in the administration of justice and reform of the justice system in Kenya through relevant multi-stakeholder initiatives.
The review of the Kenya Programme intended to serve the purpose of informing the dialogue between Sida, RWI and concerned partners on possible continued cooperation beyond 2014. The objectives of the review were to generate information on how effective and efficient the Programme has been in achieving results, as well as on the relevance and sustainability of results achieved, identifying, where possible, factors influencing positive results achievement in relation to these factors, and providing suggestions for future relevant, effective and efficient results achievement of sustainable nature as well as potential new areas of cooperation. The review was limited to assessing Programme operations between January 2012 and June 2014.
The review was carried out during August-September 2014 by a team comprising Anneke Osse (Team Leader), Glenn Ross and JME Simekha, together bringing a combination of justice sector, human rights, development evaluation and specific correctional experience. A final report from the Review was submitted to RWI in late September 2014 and was subsequently shared and discussed with Sida and Programme partners.