Our Work

The Law & Development Partnership (LDP) works with governments and their donor partners to develop, implement and manage reform programmes which strengthen national governance, planning and budgeting processes. Our focus is on delivering results. At the heart of our work is the need to be clear about what works and what does not work in reform initiatives. We identify realistic and measurable performance indicators, from which we develop workable monitoring and evaluation frameworks; we assist Governments to implement them; and design and undertake rigorous evaluations to assess the impact of interventions.

Our four core areas of expertise are: justice and security, private sector development, governance and institutional development and regional economic integration. We are passionate about contributing towards achieving measurable results, aid effectiveness and value for money.

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We understand donor processes and priorities and support co-ordinated donor approaches. We are familiar with the programme design, financing, implementation and monitoring and evaluation methodologies of most major donors.

We work in complex environments, including in fragile and post-conflict states. We operate in multi-institutional and multi-sector settings. We are skilled in distilling key issues to multifaceted problems and bringing together a range of stakeholders to develop coherent and practical solutions that work. We understand the need for solutions to be sustainable. As such, we support locally owned solutions that are not imposed from outside. Where possible, we also aim to link reform efforts to national policy planning and resource allocation processes.

We act as regular trusted advisors to a number of our clients. We are acknowledged leaders in thinking on Justice Sector reform. We developed guidelines for the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) on support for justice sector reform for their advisers worldwide, and conducted reviews for the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) on their approach to security and justice programming. Our work is often at the forefront of policy development, for example our support to DFID's engagement in peace building and governance interventions in Somalia.

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Our team

Established in 2000, LDP has offices in London and Nairobi. Our London office is headed by Director Clare Manuel, supported by Business & Project Manager Victoria Suter. Our Nairobi office is headed by Programme Director Richard Hooper, supported by Consultant Deborah Mansfield (based in Khartoum) and Project & Finance Assistant Kyalo Masyula. Our work is focused throughout Africa and Asia, and we have also worked in the South Pacific and the Caribbean.

The LDP core team consists of experienced lawyers, governance and international development specialists. We offer a unique combination of commercial professionalism, practical developing country work experience and academic rigour. Our team have strong commercial backgrounds; our three lawyers have all practiced as solicitors in leading law firms in the City of London. Our team have excellent academic records; from leading academic institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Our team members have all lived and worked in the developing world and have a strong understanding of development issues from a local perspective. We understand how governments work from the inside. Director Clare Manuel has over 22 years experience of development including of working at senior levels in government - in Africa, and the South Pacific (as well, previously in the UK). Director, Richard Hooper has lived and worked in East Africa for over 22 years, and worked as a senior advisor in Government ministries.

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