Joint Assessment Review of the Tonga Police Development Programme, 23 May - 6 June 2011: final report

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The Tonga Police Development Programme (TPDP) – a partnership between the Governments of Tonga, New Zealand and Australia – came about following riots in Nuku‟alofa in 2006. Two scoping missions were carried out in 2007. These missions outlined the scope of work that needed to be done and provided some guidelines for a project design. However the project design was never undertaken and a list of activities suggested in the first scoping mission became the focus for implementation. The TPDPD commenced in 2008 and the current funding arrangements cease on 30 June 2012. The overall goal or objective of the TPDP is an effective Tonga Police which has the trust and confidence of the community. Tonga, New Zealand and Australia contribute to a Trust Fund administered by the Ministry of Finance in Tonga. Running costs and procurement are funded from this trust fund. The New Zealand Police (NZPol) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) provide the technical assistance and manage their respective contributions to TPDP on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand‟s Aid Programme and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). In October 2010, donors called for a mid term review to be undertaken and the three Parties agreed to a Terms of Reference in April 2011. A Review Team - consisting of two technical advisors (serving police officers from AFP and NZPol), a Tongan organisational and government consultant and an independent international development consultant – undertook the review between 23 May and 7 June 2011. The Review Team was asked to: 1. give a detailed assessment of progress against stated objectives; and 2. to describe an appropriate, effective and sustainable Tonga Police and to make recommendations on the priority areas to be developed to enable this described Tonga Police to be achieved. The review was undertaken in a participative way with semi-structured interviews with people who had previously been interviewed during the scoping missions, with the Tonga Police Executive, with government officials and Ministers and with Tongan civil society. Stratified workshops were also held with 86 Tonga Police staff.

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