Research consortium

  • Main applicant: Dr. D. Connolly (The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Netherlands)
  • Co-applicants: J. Aulin (The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), the Netherlands) and M. Togola (West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Mali, Mali)

Project information

Human Security (HS) adopts a people-centred approach to protect individuals by promoting peace and a holistic understanding of security, including legal, economic, personal, environmental and health dimensions. In 2014, 30 civil society organizations (CSOs) led by WANEP-Mali adopted an evidence-based participatory approach to design a HS strategy, which will be launched in December 2015 to address a range of pressing threats.

By incorporating expertise in evidence-based policy design and practitioner-based knowledge, the team will address: What were the main drivers and considerations for CSOs in Mali in designing and conducting their evidence-based approach for the HS strategy, and how can the effects of this strategy be measured on policy and practice?

The project will employ a critical review (using Q methodology) of the evidence-based approach adopted, which will unlock the methodological and practical issues for the CSOs. The second part will design a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the HS strategy, which will enable stakeholders to track and measure its effects on policy and practice. The applied research will provide rigorous insights into evidence-based approaches for HS strategies, and establish a framework for a new evidence base on the implementation of the HS strategy in Mali from 2016.

Project results