Shaping how public authority is exercised and how it can be influenced by people is critical for development. The advancement of the rule of law is essential for access to justice for all and for the full realisation of human rights. State-society relations and socio-political cohesion are also areas of great importance to state building and peacebuilding. ADE supports the design, implementation and evaluation of policies and programmes that strengthen institutions and foster reforms aimed at guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law and human rights. This includes support to public administration reform.