Online Platform

The aim of the Online Platform is to disseminate knowledge and establish active knowledge networks in the field of security and rule of law in fragile and conflict-affected settings:

  • The Online Platform facilitates online discussions on cutting edge topics and provides a space for collaboration and networking in open and closed communities
  • You can share your work, including blog posts, other relevant publications, and upcoming events on security and rule of law
  • You may find publications, online discussions and events of your interest, shared by other members of the network, through the browse function

Content on the Online Platform has been grouped under the following 7 themes. 

    On the basis of the five sub-goals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Security & Rule of Law policy and the Platform’s thematic program, content on the Online Platform has been grouped under the following 7 themes. 


Justice and security

Local needs and arrangements, the interplay between formal and informal institutions, political economy, and role of elites. How does this affect state legitimacy? 

 Governance and politics

The interaction between and role of multiple layers of governance and politics in security and rule of law, the interplay with interventions, and what this means for legitimacy and  inclusive political processes.
3 Effective interventions A critical view on improving interventions: developments in M&E, Theories of Change and big data, the politics of measurement, integrating approaches and (in the background) the political economy of aid. 
4 Transnational threats  Transnational drivers of fragility, including organized crime, terrorism, migration and climate change, and also economic factors such as corporate tax evasion.
5 Politico-economic factors Deeper politico-economic drivers of instability ('root causes'), such as demographic change, unequal development and distribution of power (including country-level analyses).
6 Stability and development The relationships between employment, access to services, and stability. How does the ‘peace dividend’ of employment and improved access to basic services relate to broader stability and state legitimacy?
7 Gender and conflict How gender norms inhibit inclusive political processes or play out in stabilization and transitional strategies. Exploring avenues for addressing those norms in current stabilization and development practices.