ADR Center – Development’s work helps to strengthen democracy, create greater stability and security, and consequently, to attract greater inflows of foreign investments.
Peace, security and democracy are vital to the social and economic development of any country. The efforts required for their implementation take a variety of forms, not all of them obvious. ADR Center – Development’s activities contribute to strengthening democracy, creating greater stability and security, and consequently, attracting greater inflows of foreign investment.
Strong ADR systems in a country help to increase transparency in corporate and governmental activities, not least by helping to clear backlogs in court that frustrate efforts that can only be pursued through the legal system. Making ADR both widely available and familiar also supports stronger civil society, improving social dialogue by minimizing litigation tendencies, helping to reduce opportunities for corruption, and improving dispute handling skills of a broad cross-section of Government and private actors.
Together with helping to improve legal aid and helping to reduce court backlogs, these actions help to establish a fairer and more effective legal system, which in turn improves the country’s dispute procedures’ legitimacy in the eyes of its citizens.
ADR, meanwhile, aims to enhance the potential of people and institutions to prevent, manage and solve conflict. Conflict is a constant in everyday life; its effective management is a form of technology as well as a social good. The most effective strategies for management of conflict offer more than the possible resolution of an immediate dispute, including the opportunity to improve relationships with others and with the environment.
There are two main approaches to handling conflict: conflict prevention and conflict resolution. Conflict prevention works to avoid a violent or litigious escalation of a potentially adversarial situation. Often it is possible to prevent disputes entirely, or at least to reduce their scope and severity, by creating, strengthening and managing sensitive communication among stakeholders concerning substantive issues. This includes helping to “surface” issues safely which parties have been aware of, but have felt unable to address openly.
Conflict resolution, often called ADR, works to bring an effective and permanent solution to an existing dispute. ADR techniques facilitate mutual listening and the mutual understanding of each party’s real needs, getting beneath the claims and counterclaims with the object of improving relationships and averting future conflicts, as well as settling the immediate dispute.