Develop internal communication on TJ within governments
Key Finding: People working at embassies and within government agencies may not know what TJ is or which initiatives their colleagues or other organizations are funding or have funded in the past, which may result in internal confusion or even competition.
Funding for TJ initiatives cuts across donor categories (peacebuilding, rule of law, democracy, human rights, development), and it comes from embassies as well as multiple agencies, often with little internal coordination. There is thus a need for a whole-of-government approach, with a clearly defined lead, to head off the potential for tension, confusion, and even possible competition between the branches of government providing funding—foreign ministries and headquarters, UN missions, legal services, and development cooperation agencies.
"Embassies struggle with institutional memory; people come and go."
Decisions related to high-level TJ institutions like hybrid tribunals are often made in home offices, while civil society–related funding is done along separate tracks, sometimes through embassies or development agencies. Decision-making in each of these cases may be fundamentally different in timing, priorities, planning, frameworks, and length of support. At the same time, general funding reductions have decreased the pool of existing funds, making internal coordination on TJ even more important to avoid one-off projects that are unlikely to foster social change.