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Research activities 

In cooperation with NWO/WOTRO, the research program ‘Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings' has been established. The research program is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consists of two separate funding instruments: The Strategic Research Fund and the Applied Research Fund. In addition to the thematic calls under the Applied and Strategic Research Funds, two Open Calls were launched in 2015.  The Platform is responsible for defining the substantive focus of the calls that will open under this funding program. 

Strategic research

Strategic research is research designed to develop and help decide on a strategy to reach specified policy goals. It addresses the academic basis and underlying assumptions of policy theories and intervention logics. Here, strategic research is meant to lead to informed advice and policy prescriptions for development practitioners. Within the strategic research fund, two calls have been launched.

1) Comprehensive approaches to human security

The call on ‘Comprehensive approaches to human security’ within the strategic research fund aims to contribute to new evidence-based knowledge and insights on policies and intervention theories and strategies regarding inclusive, comprehensive approaches to human security in fragile and conflict-affected settings, in view of transnational security threats. The following six projects have been funded:

2) Employment for stability

The call on ‘employment for stability’ within the strategic research fund aims to contribute to insight in the correlation between employment and stability, or into the key drivers and challenges determining employment strategies of the private sector in fragile and conflict affected settings. The following three projects have been funded:

Applied research fund

Applied research is a form of systematic inquiry involving the practical application of science, and deals with solving practical problems and generally employs empirical methodologies. It includes research aimed at providing proof for a concept and may encompass action research which involves active participation in a change process during the conduct of the research. Within the applied research fund, five calls have been issued. 

1) Addressing mixed migration flows

This call aims to strengthen the evidence-base on how donor-supported security an rule of law policies and/or programs or donor-supported security measures designed to control and regulate mixed migration flows, can more effectively and more sustainably address the causes, dynamics and consequences of mixed migration flows within and/or from conflict-affected settings. The Call focuses on research projects that provide new evidence based and applicable insights and knowledge for practitioners. Keep an eye on the website for more info on the funded projects within this call. 

2) The influence of transnational challenges in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

The call aims to strengthen the evidence-base of policies and/or programming for security and rule of law in conflict-affected settings addressing the influence of transnational flows on stability in these settings. The call focuses on research projects that provide new evidence based and applicable insights and knowledge for practitioners. The following project has received funding: 

3) Embedding justice in power and politics

The projects within this call aim to contribute to innovations for people-centred and context sensitive rule of law reform programs in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Funded projects are:

4) Open call for evidence-based policy advice and tools

The open call for evidence-based policy advice and tools aims to strengthen the evidence-base of policies and practices for security and rule of law approaches in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The call focuses on innovative research proposals that result in applicable insights for practitioners. The following projects receive funding:

5) Open call for evidence-informed ideas

 The call for evidence-informed ideas focuses on ideas (for research, projects, approaches, policies, programmes, tools) that will provide new insights in international responses to the question what the international community is able to offer in the face of new threats and challenges to peace, security and development. Two ideas have received funding:

 

About  NWO/WOTRO's research program "Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings"

In cooperation with NWO/WOTRO, the research program ‘Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings' has been established. The research program is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consists of two separate funding instruments: The Strategic Research Fund and the Applied Research Fund. In addition to the thematic calls under the Applied and Strategic Research Funds, two Open Calls were launched in 2015.  The Platform is responsible for defining the substantive focus of the calls that will open under this funding program.