Annual Conference 2021: Asymmetric Power
Conference is opened by KPSRL Head of Office, Megan Price
Keynote Address by Dr. Séverine Autesserre, followed by a discussion between Dr. Autesserre and Prisca Bukaraba.
Word of welcome by Marriët Schuurman, Director of the Department of Stability and Humanitarian Aid at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Megan PriceHead of Office, Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
Megan is Head of the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform for Security and Rule of Law (KPSRL). In this role she works to strengthen relationships across different communities of practice, and to encourage synergy as well as constructive debate with the goal of improving international security and rule of law policy and implementation.
Dr. Séverine AutesserreBarnard College, Columbia University
Dr. Autesserre is an award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of The Frontlines of Peace, Peaceland, and The Trouble with the Congo, in addition to articles for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. Autesserre has been involved intimately in the world of international aid for more than twenty years. She has conducted research in twelve different conflict zones, from Colombia to Somalia to Israel and the Palestinian territories. She has worked for Doctors Without Borders in places like Afghanistan and Congo, and at the United Nations headquarters in the United States. Her research has helped shape the intervention strategies of several United Nations departments, foreign affairs ministries, and non-governmental organizations, as well as numerous philanthropists and activists. She has also been a featured speaker at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the United Nations Security Council.
Prisca BukarabaPamoja kwa Amani, Haki na Maendeleo PAHAM
Directrice de la Radio Iriba FM à Bukavu en République démocratique du Congo, Prisca Bukaraba est une activiste congolaise des droits de l'homme et une artisane de paix. Fondatrice de l’ association Pamoja kwa Amani, Haki na Maendeleo PAHAM (asbl) qui promeut le bien-être socio-économique et culturel de la population congolaise, tout en luttant pour la protection de défenseurs des droits humains et journalistes en particulier, elle est aussi chef de la commission communication du Réseau Young African Defenders in Action, le YADA NETWORK. Connue pour son dévouement à la cause des droits humains dans son pays, Prisca a été primée plusieurs fois pour son travail exceptionnel et son combat pour la promotion des droits des jeunes et des femmes.
Marriët SchuurmanStability and Humanitarian Aid in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Marriët Schuurman is Director Stability and Humanitarian Aid in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, she acted as the Human Rights Ambassador of the Ministry and coordinated the Dutch membership of the UN Security Council, in 2018. Between 2014 and 2017, she served as NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, and until 2014, as the Dutch Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia.
CREATING LEARNING FEEDBACK LOOPS
Learning is a central component of the MFA's Addressing Root Causes program (2016-2021). KPSRL supported the set-upof learning groups and a collective global learning agenda among the ARC partners. This session attempts to unpackfeedback mechanisms used under ARC, and if they have effectively enabled learning in FCAS settings.
Anna GouwenbergDutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Anna Gouwenberg is senior learning advisor at the Dutch MFA-DSH, where she facilitates learning, development andchange towards fostering a learning culture and strengthening the evidence-base of policy and programming. Beforejoining the MFA, she ran the secretariat of the KPSRL as its Head of Office (2013-2016). In that capacity, she was involvedin the very start of the ARC program.
Lisa Wijkel is manager institutional relations at ZOA since 2016. Previously, she worked at DSH-MFA as project secretary ofthe Addressing Root Causes Programme (2016-2021).
Floris D’Udine joined CARE Nederland in April 2021 as Project Manager, and is responsible for the Sudan and South Sudansustainable development and humanitarian action portfolios. Previously he has been based in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2012 to2019, where he worked as Regional Technical Manager at the Conservation Development Centre (CDC), a knowledge centreproviding technical backstopping and capacity building to development actors working between environmental protectionand sustainable development.
Roger MiddletonConflict Dynamics International
Roger works in an advisory capacity with the Somali Program to support Conflict Dynamics International's work on political accommodation and reconciliation in Somalia and Somaliland. From 2016 until mid 2019 he was Program Director for our work in Somalia and Somaliland. He travels frequently to locations across Somalia and Somaliland working with partners across government and civil society. Before joining Conflict Dynamics, Roger worked with Oxfam in Somalia as Policy and Advocacy Lead, working on issues related to peacebuilding, humanitarian delivery, and sustainable livelihoods. Before that as a consultant researcher he coordinated work on the Horn of Africa for Chatham House with a focus on Somalia and the Sudan.
Osman Moallim is the Executive Director of Somali Youth Development Network (SOYDEN) and Chair of Somali Non-State Actors (SONSA). He was one of the founders of the SOYDEN hence elected first chairman of the network. In 2004, he was appointed the executive director of SOYDEN. In that capacity, he contributed to the coordination mechanisms of SONSA, the Somali CEWERU (Conflict Early Warning and Early Responses Unit) and overall supported the government of Somalia in developing national security policies.
Olivia DouwesDutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Olivia Douwes is a policy officer at the Dutch MFA-DSH since 2016. She currently focuses on Security Sector Reform as athematic policy area with programs in e.g. Mali, Tunisia, Libya. Her previous experience includes work in the field ofHumanitarian Mine Action and the ARC Programme (2016-2021). She has a Masters in Development Studies at SOAS inLondon and a Bachelor Anthropology & Development Sociology at University of Amsterdam.
RESTRUCTURING POWER IN CONFLICT-AFFECTED SETTINGS
Constitution building often happens in highly-divided societies as part of peace negotiations. Agreements amongst partiesmay constitute new political settlements signaling shifts in power. How to support inter- and intra-party dialogues to reachnew and inclusive political settlements after conflict, without supporting existing asymmetries between international anddomestic actors?
Dr. Kimana Zulueta-FülscherInternational IDEA
Dr. Kimana Zulueta-Fülscher is the Acting Head of the Constitution-Building Programme at International IDEA. Zulueta-Fülscher was previously the Programme Manager of the MyConstitution Project in Myanmar and Senior Programme Officerin the Constitution-Building Programme. Amongst others, she developed the database on constitution-building processesin conflict-affected settings, and has published papers on Sequencing Peace Agreements and Constitutions in PoliticalSettlement Processes, Substate Constitutions, and (S)electing Constitution-Making Bodies in Fragile and Conflict-AffectedSettings.
Dr. Moumouni SoumanoPublic Policy and Project Management Specialist
Dr. Moumouni Soumano is a researcher in public policy and Project Management Specialist. His ambition comes from hisacademic experience writing on political issues and development cooperation, and also from fourteen years of practicalexperience supporting the consolidation of democratic processes and capacity-building of political and civil society actorsin Mali. As Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame University, he is working on a book on the International Community's interventionin Mali.
Zaid Al-AliInternational IDEA
Zaid Al-Ali is the Senior Programme Officer in Constitution-Building in the Africa and West Asia region at International IDEA. Since 2011, Al-Ali has implemented projects on and provided assistance to the large majority of constitutionalreform initiatives in Arab countries. Al-Ali oversaw the establishment of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law, andauthored the Struggle for Iraq’s Future (2014) and Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution (2021).
Dr. Adem AbebeInternational IDEA
Dr. Adem Abebe supports transitions to peace and democracy in politically complex and fragile contexts in International IDEA’sConstitution-Building Programme. He has convened platforms for dialogue, advised high level decision makers at nationaland international levels, and trained civil society stakeholders in diverse transition processes, including South Sudan,Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, The Gambia, Myanmar, Mali, Chile and Philippines. He has published op-eds in prominentinternational, African and Ethiopian outlets.
AMPLIFYING CIVILIAN VOICES IN PEACEKEEPING & SECURITY PROVISION [In-Person only]
The gap between community security needs and experiences, and security provided by peacekeepers and law enforcementactors, is exacerbated by a lack of inclusive community engagement and knowledge by formal institutions. Conductingfrequent household surveys in conflict-affected areas provides deeper insights and amplifies community voices in affectingtheir own security.
Anton is an anthropologist with over a decade of experience in peacebuilding and development, having lived in Egypt andIndonesia and working for ICCO and Kerk in Actie. Anton joined PAX in 2013, where he initially worked on Syria and civil-military relations in peacebuilding. Since 2015, Anton contributed to setting up the Human Security Survey project in SouthSudan, leading the project since 2017.
Saba has over ten years of experience working in the development, peace and humanitarian sectors. She has a Master’sdegree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. Originally from Pakistan, Saba has also lived and worked in Afghanistan, Iraq,Jordan, Syria and the Netherlands for organisations such as the Danish Committee for Aid for Afghan Refugees (DACAAR),the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and Oxfam and currently works for PAX.
FEMINIST KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF POWER IN KM
This online session will focus on the role of power, access, and privilege in shaping narratives. It aims to deepenunderstanding of the asymmetry in knowledge production and setting narratives through the use of an intersectional feminist lens. Participants will co-create an agenda to decolonize knowledge as individuals and groups.
Gladys is an award-winning young leader from Kenya, a tireless champion of Knowledge Management and mentor to agrowing community of KM enthusiasts from Kenya and South Sudan. Gladys is also the core group member of km4dev andis on the editorial board of km4d journal. She is the founding member of both Global Knowledge Partnerships Network, which strengthens knowledge partnerships for sustainable development and Innovative Development Solutions for Youth.
Srividya HarishActionAid International
Srividya Harish is the Knowledge Management Advisor with ActionAid International and a core group member and champion of the km4dev community. She delights in working at the intersection of knowledge management, learning andevaluation for social change. One of her passions is to decolonize both the aid sector and the field of knowledge management by creating spaces and opportunities for people from Global South to tell their stories their way.
Harriet GimboActionAid International
Gimbo Harriet Robinah is the Programme Quality and Impact Advisor for ActionAid and a feminist. She has 18 years’experience in Programme Management and MEL. Her passion for feminizing knowledge comes from the need to challeng enegative power and the deep-rooted forms of injustice that undermine knowledge generation, dissemination and sharing. Harriet believes in unlocking women’s potential to positively utilizing their power and leading the change they want to see.
LOCAL VOICES LEADING TO LOCAL SOLUTIONS IN PAKISTAN, NEPAL & ZIMBABWE
This participatory session will bring together community activists from Pakistan, Nepal and Zimbabwe to discuss how locallevel community feedback mechanisms can lead to greater accountability and citizen-centric decision-making around theworld; and how this can reinforce trust during COVID-19 and beyond.
Suresh ChandAccountability Lab Nepal
Suresh is an Associate Director of Programs at Accountability Lab Nepal. With almost a decade of experience in governanceand accountability, Suresh designs and leads campaigns and programs for building open and inclusive government. He isalso a current McCain Freedom Fellow. He has Master’s degrees in Political Science and Conflict, Peace and DevelopmentStudies. His interests include youth entrepreneurship, social inclusion, foreign labor migration, and accountability.
Tinotenda ChishiriAccountability Lab Zimbabwe
Tinotenda is currently the CivActs Project Officer for Accountability Lab Zimbabwe and has close to five years of experienceconducting research and project implementation on issues around active citizenship of women and youth and socialaccountability in Zimbabwe. She is passionate about human rights and is committed to ensuring marginalized groups havea voice that is heard within the governance discourse.
Kibo NgowiAccountability Lab
Kibo Ngowi is currently the Marketing & Communications Officer for Accountability Lab and has over 10 years ofexperience working in the fields of journalism, marketing and communications. As a part of the Lab's Global Comms team,he now works towards the organization's goal of a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyonefairly, and people lead secure lives.
Amna RajputAccountability Lab Pakistan
Amna has been a part of Accountability Lab Pakistan for the past three years, where she is currently working as a ProjectsCoordinator. Since the pandemic outbreak in Pakistan, she has been working for the Coronavirus CivActs Campaign, aimingto provide access to right information to marginalized communities around COVID-19. She is keen about eliminating theinformation gap between government and citizens so community needs can be addressed.
TRANSFORMING CHAINS OF INFLUENCE & POWER
A conversation on the ‘chains of influence’ between key actors in the global peacebuilding system - multilateralorganisations, bilateral donors, INGOs, national partners, local peacebuilders, communities, and others - exploringdynamics of collaboration and sets of relationships between links in that chain, and the way power functions in theirinteractions.
Sweta VelpillayConducive Space for Peace (CSP)
Sweta Velpillay is a Senior Advisor at Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) where she focuses on collaborations that aim to shiftthe power to local peacebuilders and enable greater local agency and power in peacebuilding. Over the past 15 years, shehas worked for a range of organizations and entities including bilateral donors, local, regional and international NGOs,supporting national and regional governments, non-state actors and local civil society.
Gay Rosenblum-KumarUN Representative for NonviolentPeaceforce and Peace Direct
Gay Rosenblum-Kumar is a conflict transformation and peacebuilding practitioner with 25 years’ experience designing andmanaging conflict prevention and peacebuilding projects with the UN and international NGOs. In the early 2000’s, Gay co-founded the UN’s DPPA/UNDP Joint Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention that established thecadre of peace and development advisors (PDAs). Currently, she is the UN Representative for two NGOs: NonviolentPeaceforce and Peace Direct.
Dr. George VarugheseNiti Foundation
George Varughese is Senior Strategic Advisor for Niti Foundation and convenes its Strategic Advisory Group that makesavailable analysis, guidance, and recommendations for implementing federalism in Nepal. Dr. Varughese is interested andinvolved in the institutional design of partnerships between local communities, private sector, and government officials,particularly on post-conflict development management, peacebuilding, local governance, and civic engagement. He hasexperience in Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Timor Leste.
A STATELESS DIALOGUE: THOSE AFFECTED & THOSE IN POWER
Three statelessness activists and three representatives from the UN/donor/diplomatic worlds will engage in a dialoguewhere each activist will target interventions towards one respondent. The respondent will be asked toacknowledge/respond to concerns regarding problematic behaviours, practices or discourses characteristic of theirrespective sector and share good practices.
Karina Ambartsoumian-CloughUnited Stateless (USL)
Karina is Executive Director of United Stateless (USL) a national organization working to build community and advocate onbehalf of stateless people in the US. Born of Armenian and Ukrainian descent, Karina became stateless as a child after thedissolution of the USSR. With experience/passion for sustainability, nurturing collective power and collaborative advocacy,Karina brings a unique perspective that those affected can lead and deserve a seat at the table.
Joanne is an Associate Protection Officer at UNHCR and has deep expertise in detention issues and statelessness in theUnited States. She has spent her career working to improve the lives of refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless individuals, andmigrants living in the United States. Joanne previously worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the Women’sRefugee Commission, and the Department of Justice.
Bina RamanandForeign Spouses Support Group & Malaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship
Bina leads ‘Family Frontiers’ which oversees the Foreign Spouses Support Group and the Malaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship. Motivated by living in Malaysia as a foreigner and the insurmountable challenges of raising her Malaysianchildren she co-founded FSSG to advance, promote and protect Malaysian binational family rights. She coordinates theMalaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship’ to achieve legislative reforms to secure gender equality in conferring citizenshipto children and spouses.
Tracey GurdCivil and Political Rights and Advocacy
Tracy is AJWS’s Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy. She is responsible for leading a $4.5 milliongrantmaking portfolio focused on democracy and justice in 11 countries in Asia, Mesoamerica and Africa. Tracey alsodirects AJWS’s advocacy work to promote U.S. and global laws and policies that advance human rights.
Laetitia van den AssumDiplomatic Expert
Laetitia is a diplomatic expert. Her years as Dutch ambassador took her to SE Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. She also worked for the United Nations. From 1990-1995 she was ambassador to Myanmar and in 2016/17 she was a member of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan. As author, she regularly contributes to publications like Bangkok Post, Frontier Myanmar and Nikkei Asia.
Nay San LwinFree Rohingya Coalition
Activist and co-founder of Free Rohingya Coalition he has documented rights violations and military campaigns in Arakan State for 20 years since leaving Myanmar. A prolific commentator on Rohingya issue and a passionate campaigner, he provides up-to-date information, verification and fact-checking and situation updates and analyses. He was publicly attacked by the Presidential and state Counsellor’s Office for his role in disseminating news about military atrocities in Northern Arakan State.
20 YEARS ON: ASYMMETRY IN COUNTER-TERRORISM PRACTICE
The session will interrogate the asymmetry that results from a universal security discourse (focussing on the countering thefinancing of terrorism global standards) and its implementation in the particular (at country level), and what this means forthe operational space of civil society. Alternatives to this asymmetry will be posited.
Sangeeta GoswamiHuman Security Collective
Sangeeta Goswami is Policy Advocacy Adviser and Communications Manager at Human Security Collective, a foundationbased in The Hague. She works on protecting and expanding the operational and political space of civil society byconvening and facilitating dialogue between civil society, policy shapers and other actors to enhance alternative approachesto current security practice. A longstanding commitment involves examining and mitigating the consequences ofcounterterrorism policies and regulations on nonprofits.
Victoria Ibezim-OhaeriSpaces for Change
Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri is the founder and director of research and policy at Spaces for Change [S4C], a non-profitorganization based in Nigeria that conducts cutting-edge research and advocacy focusing on strategic sectors such asurban governance, gender inclusion, energy policy and defending civic space. She has led research investigations,documenting and exposing human rights violations, and formulating and analyzing social and economic policy at national,regional and international levels.
Teresa DumasyConciliation Resources
Teresa Dumasy is Director of Research, Advisory and Policy at Conciliation Resources, an international peacebuildingorganisation. She is part of their executive management team and leads Conciliation Resources' work sharing evidence andlearning with international policymakers and promoting peacebuilding responses to conflict. She also coordinates UK NGOefforts to address the impact of counter-terrorism legislation and sanctions on humanitarian and peacebuilding work.
Frederick O. OkadoMuslims for Human Rights (MUHURI)
Fredrick O. Okado is Project Officer at Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), where he has devoted most of his time and expertise over the last twelve years to working on implementing and managing a variety of programmes. These include work on prison reform, access to justice, access to health rights, citizenship and voter education, and the impact of counterterrorism measures on the operational environment of civil society.
INFORMAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS IN FOSTERING RULE OF LAW [In-Person only]
Regenerating Burundi and restoring justice and rule of law, is currently a serious challenge. Building from ARC program experience in Burundi, the session will take a comparative approach, to unpack contributions(strengths/opportunities and limitations) of informal justice mechanisms (Community-based approaches) in restoring therule of law in post-conflict contexts.
Andrés Roure CuzzoniHelp a Child
Andrés is a seasoned international development professional with more than ten years’ experience in the field. He bringstogether programme management experience with technical expertise in human rights, conflict transformation and privatesector development areas. He has widespread experience leading and managing large-scale programmes focusing onhuman security and functioning rule of law. He joined Help a Child in October 2020 to lead the Building Bridges in Burundi(BBB) programme.
Rickie-Nelly NdaganoHelp a Child Burundi
Rickie-Nelly is the Lead Researcher for Help a Child Burundi – she holds a Masters in Political Sociology. Rickie-Nelly hasprofessional experience rooted in four thematic areas: transitional justice, electoral field, journalism, and communication.Her interest is to contribute to interventions that take into account the realities of the ground, anchored in the daily lives ofthe recipients of these interventions and that integrates the knowledge for sustainable responses.
Raffaella PizzamiglioInternational Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Raffaella Pizzamiglio is a Research Specialist at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), based in Rome (HQ). IDLO is the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law to advance sustainable development. Raffaella holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Peace, Justice and Development. She has worked on empirical and desk research for evidence-based policy, advocacy and programming on human rights, rule of law and sustainable development issues. Raffaella’s experience includes field research in Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa focused on strengthening access to justice in fragile and post-conflict settings, advancing gender equality, and legal empowerment.
Clement Papy NkubiziRed een Kind (Help a Child) Burundi
Clement Papy Nkubizi is the Country Director for Red een Kind (Help a Child) Burundi and has 13 years of experience working in the Humanitarian and Development sector in 10 African countries. He has provided strategic leadership in the development, management and evaluation of humanitarian relief and development programmes. He has led the development of strategic policies, fundraising, and donor management in INGOs and as a thorough understanding of the socio-economic and developmental challenges faced by vulnerable communities in Africa. Clement Papy Nkubizi is a Burundian raised in the Eastern Part of DRC, he passed much of his youth in Malawi and Zimbabwe as a refugee. He only returned to Burundi, a country that he barely knew in 2017 to lead Red een Kind(Help a Child)’s country strategy.
LEARNING TO LET GO OF POWER IN OUR EVALUATION PROCESSES
The session will present the process of a peer evaluation undertaken by community security action groups in Somalia. Itseeks to explore and challenge the prevailing emphasis of evaluation processes on ‘what works’, which can lead to theperpetuation of unequal power structures.
Habiba Hussein AliCommunity Action Forum & Hawa Tako Social Affairs Committee
Habiba was born in Mogadishu, Madina Wadajir district. She just completed medical school where she developed a love for Obstetric and Gynecology simply because she dreams of helping to reduce mother and child mortality in Somalia. Habiba is a member of a Community Action Forum and the deputy chair for Hawa Tako Social Affairs committee.
Ibrahim AliIsha Human Rights Organization
Ibrahim Ahmed Ali works as a program manager for Isha Human rights Organization in Somalia. He also supports Somalia Children Welfare & Right Watch in their work to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. Ibrahim has recently worked closely together with his colleagues from Somali Women Development Centre, Somali women Solidarity Organization and Saferworld, to facilitate the peer evaluation process of the Addressing Root Causes programme.
Hamse HaibeSaferworld Somalia
Hamse Haibe is the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Coordinator for Saferworld in Somalia. He has supported Somalia peacebuilding programs for the last ten years, having led both on their implementation as well as their monitoring and evaluation. Hamse has recently coordinated the peer evaluation process of the Addressing Root Causes programme alongside his colleagues in Saferworld, Isha Human rights Organization, Somali Women Development Centre and Somali women Solidarity Organization.
HOW MAY DONORS SUPPORT WOMEN’S POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT
Using empirical cases from Pakistan, Nigeria, Mozambique and Sudan- our 5 speakers will engage in a moderated debateby 2 co-hosts on how donors can support women’s voice and effective participation in formal decision-making; and local-level collective action to demand answers from state agencies. (Open plenary after moderated discussion).
Dr. Shandana Khan MohmandInstitute of Development Studies (IDS)
Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, where she leads the Governance research cluster, and the Pakistan Hub. She is the author of Crafty Oligarchs, Savvy Voters: Democracy UnderInequality in Rural Pakistan (2019, Cambridge University Press), and a number of other journal articles, including inAmerican Political Science Review and book chapters.
Dr. Ali CheemaLahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan
Dr. Ali Cheema is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. He serves as the Faculty Director of the Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre at LUMS and is a Senior Research Fellow of theInstitute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS). He has published widely on political economy and governance,gender and local public economics and economic history.
Hala Al-KaribStrategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)
Hala Al karib is Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA). She has lived and worked in South Sudan, Kenya and Egypt as well the Eastern and Horn of Africa for over 20 years. Her work specifically focuses onwomen’s and girls’ rights activism and social movements, as well as refugees and displaced persons and minoritycommunities’ challenges.
Dr. Kátia TaelaFeminist Anthropologist
Dr. Kátia Taela is a Mozambican feminist anthropologist with a Masters in Gender and Development and a PhD in Development Studies. She has over 17 years of experience in the development sector working as an independent researcher andevaluation consultant, with various international and national, government and non-government organisations in Mozambique. Her thematic expertise is on gender equality and women’s rights, civil society, and accountability.
Ayesha KhanCollective for Social Science Research in Karachi
Ayesha Khan works with the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi, and is author of The Women's Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy (2018). Her current work focuses on the feminist movement and increased women's political voice in support of gender equality outcomes. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK.
Sohela NazneenInstitute of Development Studies (IDS)
Sohela Nazneen, is a feminist political economist, leading Institute of Development Studies (IDS)’ work on gender, politics and governance. Her main area of research is feminist movements, gender and informal institutions, women’s empowerment and leadership, and violence against women in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa. She has published widely on these issues including in World Development, Contemporary South Asia.
LEVERAGING DATA TO ADDRESS ASYMMETRIES IN ACCESS TO JUSTICE
The session will focus on building better global data and evidence to understand inequalities and injustices, and whatworks to address them. Participants will explore how to better understand the global justice gap by focusing on specificneeds, inequalities of costs and impacts and on new frontiers of justice data.
Maaike de LangenPathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
Maaike de Langen is currently Program Lead Justice for All, which is part of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies project at New York University's Center on International Cooperation. She has over fifteen years of experience leading national and international programs and teams in the areas of Governance, Rule of Law and Legal Empowerment. She has worked in the Netherlands, Mali, Chad and New York.
Adv. Jackie NagtegaalLAW FOR ALL
Jackie is a qualified futurist and lawyer working within the domain of law. She is interested in complex systems, regenerative futures and inclusive justice models. Jackie heads up LAW FOR ALL, an alternative legal service provider working towards justice inclusion. LAW FOR ALL has won multiple awards for innovation, technology and has been named the Best Legal Team in Africa.
Dr. Tatyana TeplovaPublic Governance Directorate at the OECD
Tatyana Teplova is currently Head of Division for Policy Coherence on SDGs (PCSD) in the Public Governance Directorate at the OECD. She leads the OECD work on Gender Equality in Public Life and on Equal Access to Justice by developing international standards and advising governments on gender-sensitive policy-making and people-focused access to legal and justice services.
Dr. Daniel Gomez GaviriaNational Planning Department in Colombia
Daniel Gómez is the Deputy Director at the National Planning Department in Colombia. Former Senior Economist in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation (FCI) LAC team at the World Bank. Daniel studied economics at Universidad de Los Andes Colombia. He pursued a master's degree in banking and finance from the University of Lausanne, and he is also a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
BUILDING FORWARD BETTER BY STRENGTHENING LOCAL RESILIENCE
The concept of ‘Local Resilience’ has gained importance in recent years, as an essential step to address power asymmetryand to achieve transformative change. In this session, practitioners and policymakers will share successes and challenges,and explore next steps in a joint effort to operationalize this concept.
Charlotte de HarderCordaid
Charlotte de Harder is specialised in polylateral governance for sustainable peace and development, employed by Cordaid. Charlotte supports the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) – the South-North non-governmental coalition of peacebuilding organisations that facilitates inclusive governance and peace processes. She provides strategic and capacity assistance to in-country interventions that amplify the voice of civil society and coordinates lobby and advocacy efforts around conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding.
Marriët SchuurmanStability and Humanitarian Aid in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Marriët Schuurman is Director Stability and Humanitarian Aid in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, she acted as the Human Rights Ambassador of the Ministry and coordinated the Dutch membership of the UN Security Council, in 2018. Between 2014 and 2017, she served as NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, and until 2014, as the Dutch Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia.
Fidèle DjebbaAssociation Rayons de Soleil and the CSPPS Country Focal Point
Fidèle Djebba is a Cameroonian social worker, writer, motivational speaker, social entrepreneur and a peace and humanrights activist. She is the founder of Association Rayons de Soleil and the CSPPS country focal point. Her organization isdedicated for the advancement of the girls and women rights, young women participation in decision-making andpeacebuilding; and building resilience of local communities through psychosocial support.
Pascal Richard is Expert Adviser on Localisation Local Leadership at the Dutch INGO Cordaid. He initiated Cordaid’s localisation strategy, which aims to shift power for more equitable partnerships. He has more than twenty years ofexperience working on human rights advocacy, good governance and peacebuilding with social movements, local NGO’s and governmental agencies. He founded and played leading roles in various locally led national, regional and global networks.
Sorcha O'CallaghanHumanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute
Sorcha O’Callaghan is the Director of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute where she leads research into local humanitarian action, inclusion and diversity, refugee livelihoods and humanitarian financing. A specialist in displacement, civilian protection and humanitarian action in protracted crises, she has worked extensively in East Africa and published widely. Prior to HPG she was Head of Humanitarian Policy at the British Red Cross and previously coordinated the Sudan Advocacy Coalition, an NGO policy and advocacy consortium in Sudan. With a background in law, Sorcha has also worked in the refugee and asylum sector in Ireland.
Zorgh MadiTamazight Women’s Movement Organization
Zorgh Madi is passionate about promoting gender equality and peace processes in Libya. Zorgh was born and raised in Libya. She is currently studying her masters in international human rights law. As a cofounder of Tamazight Women’s Movement Organization she is responsible for managing programs and projects that are implemented in both organizations. Through her work, she launched a campaign that promotes peace between Indigenous people in Libya. As an advocate, Zorgh is proud to Awarded as young leader for 2018-2019 at Women Deliver organization as a global advocate for gender equality and reproductive health.
Niagalé BagayokoInstitute of Development Studies (UK)
Niagalé Bagayoko (PhD) is a political scientist who has done extensive field research on security systems in African Francophone countries, Western security policies in Africa and African conflict-management mechanisms, focusing on the interface between security and development. A Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), she also taught at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. After heading the “peacekeeping and peacebuilding programme” at the International Organisation of La Francophonie, she is now the Chair of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN).
Rhea MahantaThe Peacebuilding Project
Rhea is the Founder & President of The Peacebuilding Project, an international volunteer-led organization dedicated to Conflict Transformation. Rhea has extensively worked with the UN system as well as with grassroot non-governmental organizations and think tanks on peace and security as well as social issues. Born in the conflict-prone region of Northeast India, her first hand experiences have been a driving force behind her vision to empower communities through peacebuilding.
TESTING IDEAS: MORE SYMMETRICAL FINANCING FOR PEACEBUILDING
The session will convene local peacebuilders and donors to pitch and test with the audience ideas on adjusting the role ofintermediary organizations in the aid chain, so as to shift the power balance in designing and managing peacebuildinginterventions and put local peacebuilders at the helm.
Lucy NusseibehMiddle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND)
Lucy Nusseibeh is the founder and Chairperson of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), based in EastJerusalem. Since 1998, MEND has been pioneering the promotion of awareness about the power of nonviolence, especiallyin the Israeli-Palestinian context. Using innovative media techniques, MEND promotes the principles and practice of activenonviolence among all sectors of Palestinian society, especially activists, youth, and those working in education.
Avila KilmurrayExecutive Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland from 1994-2014
Avila Kilmurray has worked in the community and voluntary sectors in Northern Ireland since 1975. She was Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland from 1994-2014, managing EU Special Programme for Peace & Reconciliation funding for community activism, women's activism, the re-integration of political ex-prisoners and supportfor victims/survivors of violence.
Patrick BwirePeacebuilding at the Center for ConflictResolution (CECORE) in Uganda
Patrick Bwire has been working as the Programme Coordinator in charge of Peacebuilding at the Center for ConflictResolution (CECORE) in Uganda. At CECORE, Patrick coordinates both national and cross-border projects aimed at naturalresource conflict management, enhancing reconciliation, conflict prevention, youth and women empowerment, integratingconflict sensitivity in institutions and skills building.
Simon Bojsen-MøllerFPI.2 - Stability and Peace - Crisis Response, Conflict Prevention and Peace Building, European Commission Service for Foreign Policy Instruments
Before joining the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments in 2018, Simon worked for fourteen years in EU Delegations in the Middle East. This include the EU Delegation to Syria (2007-2013, 2015-2018) in a number of functions, including as Acting Head of Delegation/Charge d’Affaires a.i. (2016-2017) and as Head of Political Section (2010-2011 (acting); 2016-2018); the EU Delegation in Lebanon (2013-15); and the EU Delegation to Jordan and Yemen (2004-2006).
Simon Bojsen-Møller holds a MA in Interdisciplinary European Studies (College of Europe) and a MA in History and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Copenhagen).
TRUST-BUILDING IN SROL PARTNERSHIPS: CORE CONCERNS [In-Person only]
Trust in institutions and among citizens is a key context factor in international security and rule of law partnerships. But do project designers get it right? Discuss with us trust-building dynamics, focussing on the example of Ethiopia and help us reenvisage trust-building approaches in SRoL partnerships.
Viktoria BuddeInstitute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)
Viktoria Budde is a peace and conflict researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH). Viktoria has been working as an advisor for rule of law promotion and security sector reform (SSR) projects at the German Federal Foreign Office since 2017. Currently, she focuses on unintended effects of SSR interventions and the role of trust in Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) partnerships.
Dr. Karoline EickhoffConflict Transformation Research (CTR) department at the Berghof Foundation
Dr. Karoline Eickhoff is an Associate Researcher in the Conflict Transformation Research (CTR) department at the Berghof Foundation, a non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable peace and supporting conflict transformation efforts around the world. Karoline currently conducts research on Trust-Building in Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) Partnerships and on European and Asian Foreign and Security Policy Strategies towards Africa.
Brig. Gen. Saleh BalaPresident and Founder of the Whiteink Institute for Strategy Education and Research (WISER), and the CEO of White Ink Consult
Brig Gen Saleh Bala is a retired officer of the Nigerian Army. He is currently the President and Founder of the Whiteink Institute for Strategy Education and Research (WISER), and the CEO of White Ink Consult, Abuja, Nigeria. He has peacekeeping experiences in Angola as a Military Observer (UNAVEN III), and in Cote d’Ivoire, as the Military Chief of Staff (UNOCI). An alumnus of the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, University for Peace, San Jose Costa Rica, and the National Defense University, National War College, Washington DC, he has since his retirement, been working in areas of defense, peace and security with focus on the security of the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin. He has worked in areas of policy and strategy development and advisory services on Security Sector Reforms and Transformation programmes of the GIZ, DCAF, the US DoD/DoS Security Governance Initiative (SGI) and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), for some Africa countries.
Shadia MarhabanFree Ache Movement (GAM)
Ms. Shadia Marhaban is a mediator, a regional peace leader and former Free Ache Movement (GAM) negotiator from Indonesia, Aceh. Ms Marhaban’s expertise is on the political transition of Resistance Liberation Movements, disarmament and reintegration of female former combatants. During the peace talks between The Free Ache Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian Government Ms. Marhaban served as a member on the GAM negotiation panel.
MARGINS TO CENTER: VICTIMS, SURVIVORS & JUSTICE PROCESSES [In-Person Only]
The session centres the lived expertise of rights holders and victims and survivors of gross political violence and human rights abuses, who are largely excluded from meaningful roles in existing conflict/post-conflict rule of law processes. Focusing on two different processes, we foreground initiatives catalysing change, particularly in national and internationalplatforms.
Habib NassarImpunity Watch
Habib Nassar is Impunity Watch's Director of Policy and Research. He is a lawyer and activist with more than 15 years ofexperience working on human rights and transitional justice. He has worked in senior roles at PILnet, ICTJ, and advising the UN OHCHR. He holds an LL.M. from New York University, a Master's in International Law from Université Paris II and a law degree from Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut.
Dr. Christalla YakinthouUniversity of Birmingham, England
Dr. Christalla Yakinthou is a practice-focused political scientist at the University of Birmingham, England. She has worked intransitional justice for the last 13 years, as a practitioner, advisor, and scholar. Christalla focuses on supporting greater survivor and activist ownership of transitional justice processes, and on building more trustful, engaged, and inclusive societies. She has a background in constitutional design for divided societies, and subsequent training in public law.
Laura Cortés VarónMutableHub and BSocial Group
Laura Cortés Varón is CEO of MutableHub and BSocial Group. She is Professor of Public Management and Public Innovation, Faculty of Political Science and IR, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá), with more than 8 years of experience in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of public policies, and expertise in formulation and implementation of public and social innovation projects, open innovation, training in innovation, formulation, and consolidation of public innovation laboratories.
Galuh WanditaAsia Justice and Rights (AJAR)
Galuh Wandita is co-founder and Director of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), established in 2012. Galuh began working on peace and conflict issues in 1996. Together with a group of East Timorese, she founded a women’s organization, Fokupersin Dili. She was a humanitarian worker with Oxfam during East Timor's 1999 referendum, was Deputy Director of Timor-Leste’s truth commission (CAVR), and has had senior roles with ICTJ and the UN.
Ram Kumar BhandariVictim Rights Activist and Educator
Ram Kumar Bhandari is a victim rights activist and educator. Ram has led the struggle to secure justice for victims and survivors in Nepal. Ram is one of the foremost advocates for a system of transitional justice that addresses the needs of relatives, and one of the strongest voices at the federal level in support of victim-centered transitional justice and accountability efforts. Ram comes from a family directly victimized by enforced disappearances. He has suffered imprisonment, threats and physical abuse as a result of his activism against the authorities responsible for the disappearance of his father, who was forcibly disappeared during the armed conflict. He has over fifteen years of experience working with marginalized communities (in particular the families of the disappeared, victims and survivors of conflict, ex-combatant youth, ethnic minorities, rural youth and women groups).
Louis Monroy SantanderPonctificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia
Dr. Louis Monroy Santander is lecturer in International relations at Ponctificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He is also associate researcher at BSocial Col - Innovación Social para el Desarrollo – in Colombia and project assistant for Asfar CIC in Sarajevo.. He specializes in the fields of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and transitional justice, focusing specifically on approaches to reconciliation in post-conflict societies and their relation with processes of state-building.
Dodi Yuniar is a community educator in AJAR. He has focused in conducting participatory action research at grass-root level and producing community-based media to voicing social justice, including in promoting the rights to truth for victims of human rights violations. He was the head of the community-media unit in the Foundation for Peoples Education (YPRI), Editor-in-Chief for the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST) publications, and public information specialist for the (ICTJ in Indonesia
DECOLONIZING PEACEBUILDING PRACTICE
This interactive session will present the key findings and recommendations of an online global consultation that is being held on 5th-6th October and which will involve over 250 peacebuilders and academics from around the world. The consultation is being hosted by Peace Direct, GPPAC, ICAN and UNOY.
Shannon PaigePeace Direct
Shannon Paige is Policy Associate at Peace Direct. Shannon is the lead author of the 'Time to Decolonise Aid' report and leads on Peace Direct's decolonising research and advocacy.
Dylan MathewsPeace Direct
Dylan Mathews is the CEO of Peace Direct. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a US-based peacebuilding network with over 120 member organisations worldwide.
TACKLING POWER ASYMMETRIES IN YOUTH PARTICIPATION & SECURITY
Youth are systematically excluded from political and power and economic opportunities. This session focuses on youth voices and actions in contexts of insecurity in Africa and MENA region. It aims to generate ideas for supporting meaningful youth participation through employment and security programming, and bi/multilateral diplomacy.
Dr. Marjoke OosteromInstitute of Development Studies
Dr. Marjoke Oosterom is a research fellow at IDS. Her research concentrates on how experiences of repression and violence shape governance and everyday politics, with a specific focus on youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. She convenes the IDS ‘Youth employment and politics’ research strategy, and has 10 years of experience in advising policy and intervention strategies, with various policy actors and NGOs that fund and implement governance and youth-focused interventions in fragile settings.
Dr. Tarila EbiedeConflict Research West Africa (CORN)
Tarila Marclint Ebiede is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Brussels School of Governance, Brussels, Belgium. He is also the co-founder of Conflict Research Network West Africa (CORN West Africa). His research straddles the reintegration of ex-combatants, political violence, the impact of violent conflicts on local governance, youth, peacebuilding and security in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium.
Rosewita KatsandeYouth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT)
Rosewita Katsande is Director for the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT), a network-based youth advocacy CSO in Zimbabwe. Rosewita is a gender and socio-economic justice activist who has worked in the field of youth development, democracy and governance in Zimbabwe for over 10 years. Rosewita is the Coordinator for the IDRC funded project, entitled ‘Strengthening constructive and active youth engagement in civic processes in Zimbabwe’.
Dr. Sofya ShababInstitute of Development Studies
Dr. Sofya Shabab is a Social Anthropologist specialising in fragile and conflict affected contexts. Her most recent research explores community-based responses to the physical and existential displacements resulting from heritage destruction among ethno-religious minority groups in Iraq and Syria. Sofya completed her PhD at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization in Melbourne and has over nine years of experience designing and evaluating humanitarian interventions in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Dr. Chloe SkinnerInstitute of Development Studies
Dr. Chloe Skinner examines global manifestations of backlash, working in partnership with academics and activists in Bangladesh, India, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil and Lebanon to counter backlash against gender and social justice. Previously, Chloe has worked as a Senior Conflict Researcher and Advocacy Officer at the conflict-focussed NGO Airwars, did research for Drone Wars, and she has also worked as a human rights field worker in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Grace Ruvimbo ChirenjeAction Aid
Grace is a civil society activist working on accountability politics, gender and youth and is currently based in Zimbabwe. She has previously worked internationally for the youth focused ‘Activista’ programme for Action Aid
Dr. Georgia CardosiUniversité de Montréal
Architecte et urbaniste enregistrée à l’O.A.P.P.C. en Italie. Ph.D en Aménagement à l’Université de Montréal, MArch en Urban Design and Housing et MA en Requalification des infrastructures et des établissements humains pour la coopération et le développement. Elle est actuellement chercheure postdoctorale pour RESAUD, Réseau d'Échanges Stratégiques pour une Afrique Urbaine Durable. Après une longue collaboration dans le bureau Luigi Pellegrin e Associati de Rome elle s’est dédié à l’étude du développement urbain et informel en Afrique. Depuis 2004 elle a travaillé comme architecte bénévole et chercheuse avec des communautés de quartiers informels de Nairobi au Kenya, dont elle explore les pratiques de design et leurs relations avec les stratégies d’adaptation et de développement. Récipiendaire de la Bourse d’excellence urbaine au doctorat 2018 de l’Observatoire Ivanhoé Cambridge (OIC).
CORE PILLARS OF GOOD TRANSNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Explore critical factors in transnational partnerships that enable locally led responses. The first case examines thepartnership model of two members of Transparency International that has made a difference amid Lebanon's crisis. Second,Saferworld and Al Ayam partner to pilot micro-granting and participatory action learning in crisis methodologies in Sudan.
Thu Trang NguyenTransparency International
Thu Trang Nguyen brings 12 years of professional experience in fundraising, programme, and communications. As Fundraising Manager at Transparency International (TI) Secretariat, she oversees government partnerships and co-develops projects with national chapters from around the world. TI is a global movement in over 100 countries to end the injustice ofcorruption towards inclusive governance. Previously, she worked with UNHCR in Mali and Tunisia, and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Julien CoursonTransparency International
Julien Courson is a professional in the non-profit sector with over 15 years of experience. He holds an MSc in Economicsfrom Saint Joseph University (USJ) and a professional certificate in mediation from USJ & Université Catholique de Paris. Since 2018, he is Executive Director of the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA), local chapter of Transparency International. Previously, Julien worked as consultant, researcher & trainer in advocacy, conflict resolution, and governance.
Ariana brings over 12 years of experience managing and supporting complex programmes in conflict prevention andpeacebuilding. She leads the Programme Support and Learning team which provides programme development and advisory support to Saferworld teams and partners across programmes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She is focused on supporting new ways of working that enable conflict-affected communities to lead their own initiatives to tackle rootcauses of conflict.
Dalia EissaAl-Ayam Center for Cultural Studies and Development (ACCSD)
My name is Dalia Eissa from Sudan, I have been working as a programme coordinator at Al-Ayam Center for Cultural Studies and Development (ACCSD). I hold a master's degree (in Business Administration) and a postgraduate diploma in(Development and planning studies). My experience in Governance and Elections. African countries still produce strong butnot good leaders. I work with my colleague to build good leaders who promote good governance.
REDEFINING ‘SUCCESS’ OF PVE PROGRAMMING IN THE SAHEL
The marginalisation of local perspectives and knowledge in programme design is an important reason why programmes aimed at preventing violent extremism have struggled to maximise their impact in the Sahel. In this session, international and local actors will work together to identify locally-defined measures of impact for PVE interventions.
Emilie TankoraMercy Corps Niger
Emilie Tankora has been working on peacebuilding programming and initiatives in Niger for the past ten years. She currently works with Mercy Corps Niger on their social cohesion, peace and conflict programme portfolio, promoting aholistic approach in areas prone to violent extremism. Ms Tankora is trained in mediation, conflict management and non-violent communication.
Dr. Bréma Ely DickoUniversité des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of Bamako, Mali
Dr Bréma Ely Dicko is a sociologist, professor and researcher at the Université des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of Bamako, Mali. He has ten years of international experience in migration, gender and development studies and was the scientific coordinator of the "Civil Society White Book on Peace and Security in Mali". Dr Dicko holds a Master’s degree in sociology-anthropology, and a PhD in sociology of migration from Université Paris 7.
Maïmou WaliCercle de Réflexion et d'Action pour un Développement Innovant (CERCLE-DEV)
Maimou Wali is Director of Cercle de Réflexion et d'Action pour un Développement Innovant (CERCLE-DEV), a civil society organisation in Niger that seeks to develop innovative approaches to empower youth, especially girls, by promoting their engagement in leadership structures and vocational training. She has 20 years of international development experience encompassing programme design, management and implementation, and specific expertise in preventing and countering violent extremism of youth in the Sahel.
Anna SchmauderClingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations
Anna Schmauder is a Sahel Researcher with Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations. She works on hybrid political orders, peace-building and countering violent extremism with a focus on Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Her research focuses on both state and non-state actors, and the impact of European Security and Migration Policies in the Sahel. She provides regular recommendations to policy stakeholders.
Sarah CasteranMercy Corps Netherlands
Sarah Casteran is a Policy and Advocacy Advisor with Mercy Corps Netherlands. She focuses on gender and peacebuilding policy issues, as well as advocacy capacity-sharing. She previously worked in advocacy positions with development and humanitarian NGOs in Brussels, Timor-Leste, and Uganda, and has a background in human rights and international law.
The closing plenary will include an address by the KPSRL Advisory Committee and also a special word by Teresa Mugadza, International Development Law Organization's Kenya Country manager.
KPSRL Advisory CommitteeSpeaker
The Knowledge Platform is reforming its governance structure. Our ambition to strengthen the Platform’s learning capacity and to broaden its diversity and international reach offers us the opportunity to reformulate the governance arrangements to support these goals. We would like to provide a route for Platform participants to have a greater voice through seats on the new Advisory Committee, which will be one of the pillars of the new governance structure.
Teresa MugadzaInternational Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Teresa Mugadza works to promote access to justice, including the promotion of innovative approaches to equality and equal access to legal recourse as well as addressing SGBV, in line with SDG 16 and SDG 5. This work involves working with local and national justice actors across the formal justice chain, as well as interacting with key actors within civil society such the law society, women lawyers associations and informal justice actors. She is currently IDLO’s Kenya country manager. Her career includes senior management leadership in national and international civil society, the civil service and in private institutions, including at Oxfam in Zimbabwe and in Washington D.C. Teresa is a is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law School, a Common Purpose CSC Fellow (2017-2018), Women’s Leadership and Public Policy Fellowship/LAWA Fellow (2002-2003).
Lex GertsDutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Stabilization and Humanitarian Affairs Department
Lex Gerts is deputy director of the Stabilization and Humanitarian Affairs Department. Prior to his current position, he was seconded to the World Bank (Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group) and was Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Other postings include the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo and the Permanent Representation to the UN in New York.