As an autodidact, I always am looking for material to read, absorb, analyze, and re-purpose for my own benefit. Maybe it is a result of my life, moving here, there and yonder, having to adapt to new environments, and wanting to learn all about them.
I look forward to studying this amazing and free Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of Justice: A Thematic Compilation of International Standards, Policies and Best Practice.
The CEELI Institute produced this massive tome, supported by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the US State Department. If you have the time to look around, you will find there are many terrific resources for those interested in international development and justice sector support programs.
You may be as quirky as I am, and enjoy knowing what the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) plans on auditing/inspecting this year and the next (Work Plans for 2018 and 2019 from the State Department’s OIG). I have found that, through the years of reading audits and reports from the various US Government OIGs I have learnt a lot, especially how the US Government manages its contracts and personnel, as well as what are some of the contractors’ weaknesses and strengths.
For example, I have often marveled at how bad all parties to a contract can be with poor record keeping, despite knowing that, invariably, a government contract will be audited down the road. It is amazing to me that we do not make an extra effort to ensure that records are easily accessible. When working on rule of law programs in other countries, we stress the importance of accountability and transparency, with good record keeping being essential to fight corruption.