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12 Jan 2021
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Informing SRoL Policies in a 'News-Freak' Era: The experience of research organizations
Background The COVID-19 pandemic has recalled the importance of producing and bringing compelling knowledge to the policymaking process. Both policymakers and State’s agencies need knowledge to frame, assess, anticipate decide or implement policies. But neither of these two are necessarily tasked, staffed or trained to produce such knowledge, thereby relying at varying degrees on non-State organizations such as research centers, think-tanks and NGOs. While economic and development policies have long been explored by these non-State knowledge providers, 21st century developments towards global governance have opened a ‘knowledge race’ to the State’s traditional strongholds such as security, rule-of-law and defence. Over the last years, the delicate task of building knowledge on these sovereign issues has been further complicated by the outburst of ‘alternative’ or fake news which saturated the information market and blurred the lines between opinions and facts. Thus, this webinar explores how research organizations can inform sensitive SRoL and defence policies. Objectives Explore the steps to build knowledge and present it to policymakers, based on GRIP experience. Discuss how to build confidence with policymakers when sharing knowledge on SRoL matters. Explore the tools to ‘look beyond’ policymakers and support social acceptance of SRoL policies. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing info@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.
07 Jan 2021
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Mid-Term Review: Lessons Learned
For the past decade, addressing root causes of conflict and irregular migration through “bottom up” civil society engagement in fragile states has been a priority for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The Addressing Root Causes, or “ARC” fund (2016-2021) is the latest centrally-managed tender program that the MFA’s department for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) has launched to this effect. The ARC program is implemented by 21 consortia comprised of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local civil society organizations (CSOs)  in 12 fragile and conflict-affected countries, namely Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. In these countries, ARC-funded projects contribute to 1) Human Security; 2) Rule of Law; 3) Peace processes and Political Governance; and 4) Social and Economic Reconstruction. In 2020, a Mid-Term Review (MTR) focusing on the extent to which the ARC program is on the right track to achieve its intended objectives, has been conducted. The ARC MTR session will discuss key findings and recommendations of the review, and will highlight best practices, challenges, and lessons learned during ARC implementation. Objectives The aim of the session is to: Exchange on key findings and recommendations of the review (from diverse relevant perspectives: donor, implementing actors including local partners, embassies…) Highlight lessons learned, challenges encountered, and possible solutions when developing and implementing approaches for centrally managed programs such as ARC (in order to inform future programming) Discuss the ARC learning agenda (structure, resources, process..) Speakers Rens Twijnstra & Marije Balt, Ecorys Expert panel: George Monsanto, Dutch MFA – ARC Rens Willems, Dutch MFA – IOB Madeline Church, Saferworld Messina Laurette Manirakiza, KPSRL Registration Please note that this is a closed door event. If you are interested in learning more, you may contact the Dutch MFA (Erin Kuipers: erin.kuipers@minbuza.nl) or KPSRL Secretariat (Messina Laurette MANIRAKIZA: M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org)  
18 Nov 2020
KPSRL
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Peace, justice and inclusion at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery
Achieving the SDG targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+) targets was always going to be a colossal challenge. Even before COVID-19, more than half a million people died from violence every year; half of the world’s children and at least a third of women were victims of violence, and more than five billion people lacked access to justice. The pandemic is exacerbating these trends and is tearing apart the fabric of our countries’ economic, social, and political foundations. It has taken mere months to obliterate decades of development efforts. The most profound socio-economic shock witnessed since WWII is fueling rising inequality, exacerbating grievances, and increasing the risk of violence and exploitation. The Pathfinders and other member states and partners in the global community stand united in parallel calls to action (Pathfinders' Member States' statement and Act Now for SDG16+). These statements outline the solutions we urgently need to assist countries in their recovery and avoid further global polarization, tensions, violence and breakdown. Together they stress the urgency to ensure that SDG16+ resides at the heart of global recovery. We must look forward and address the most pressing priorities in areas of justice, inequality, exclusion and violence reduction. This is a requirement for achieving the UN Common Agenda and all other SDGs. Costa Rica and the Netherlands will host a virtual dialogue on 18 November 2020, bringing together SDG16+ leaders to discuss the way forward and how to turn resolve into action. Objectives This high-level event will: • Amplify the call for peace, inclusion and justice to serve as the engine of response and recovery efforts through strong and sustained political leadership. • Promote a conversation on the links between the UN Common Agenda, SDG16+ and the rest of the 2030 Agenda. • Identify policy, programming, and financial actions with the greatest potential for transformation. • Strengthen the global mobilization for SDG16+ by shining a spotlight with new partnerships, initiatives, and actions. The event will be co-sponsored by Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive societies hosted by the NYU Center for International Cooperation, in collaboration with Costa Rica and the Netherlands.
12 Nov 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Gender-Sensitive Conflict Analysis: Impact & Lessons from Yemen & Nigeria
Background The KPSRL community is invited to join a virtual panel discussion co-hosted by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld on their new Facilitation guide: gender-sensitive conflict analysis to mark the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. This webinar will launch the new guide and provide clear examples of why this approach is critical for effective and strategic policy and programming. This event is co-hosted by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld who have led international practice on gender-sensitive conflict analysis through developing and applying tools to ensure that peacebuilding practice is at minimum gender sensitive, moving towards gender-responsive and gender-transformative – where their work addresses the underlying structural causes and factors of gender inequality. Speakers Joelle Jenny, Director, Joint Funds Unit, Cabinet Secretariat, UK Government Hesta Groenewald, independent consultant (guide co-author) Stefania Minervino, Policy Officer, European Commission (DG DEVCO) Awfa Al Naami, Yemen Country Manager, Saferworld Janet Adama Mohammed, Programme Director for West Africa, Conciliation Resources Dr Sophia Close, Senior Adviser Gender and Peacebuilding, Conciliation Resources (moderator and guide co-author) Diana Trimiño Mora, Head of Programme Support and Senior Gender Adviser, Saferworld (moderator and guide co-author) Concept Note Please click here to access further details about this event. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by clicking the button below.
10 Nov 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Webinar: Adaptive Community Security Programming
Background The trust and relationships some peacebuilding (I)NGOs have built as a result of their long-term work on community policing and community security has meant that they and their partners have been in a position to fill some of the gaps and develop initiatives to address the needs created by COVID-19, while continuing their work. Pandemics are unpredictable but inevitable and experience has shown how important it is to invest in long-term peacebuilding, community security and safeguard the space for this work in order to ensure better responses when needed. This webinar will build on previous sessions under KPSRL’s COVID-19 response series and give participants insight into two diverse contexts. Saferworld colleagues from Tajikistan and South Sudan will discuss how they and their partners have adapted their community policing and community security programming in the context of COVID-19. They will talk about how they have been able to pivot and respond to COVID-19 and secondary conflict impacts due to long standing and trusted relationships with partners and will outline the role and additional agency partners have taken on during the pandemic.  Speakers Charlotte Watson, Saferworld Conflict and Security Adviser Khirad Kargasov, Saferworld Tajikistan Country Manager Mauro Tadiwe, Saferworld South Sudan Country Manager Q&A Moderated by Christian Kuitert, Knowledge Broker, KPSRL Please click here to read the full bios of each speaker. Objectives 1. Explore the impact of COVID-19 on Saferworld and its partners conducting community policing and community security work in Tajikistan and South Sudan 2. Explore how the pandemic has created a situation in which local offices and partners are more often and more robustly leading initiatives 3. Discuss what this means for community security and peacebuilding programs in the present and future Concept Note Please click here to download the full concept note. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing info@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.  
15 Oct 2020
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Annual Conference 2020: Harnessing Potential
News We have just released our program! Download the timetables for the two day-conference here! Scroll through program more in-depth to learn more about sessions and speakers here!   About the Conference This year, the Annual Conference is a two-day online event that will bring together our vibrant community for a thought-provoking discussion. As in previous years, the Annual Conference brings together representatives from national and international governments and policy organs, think-thanks, journalists, INGO practitioners, activists, diplomats, and field researchers from around the globe. These diverse actors assemble with a singular aim: to present their latest projects and freshest ideas, and engage their peers to learn and improve security and justice policy and programs. This year's theme is Harnessing Potential. The KPSRL Secretariat has come to recognize the value of mobilizing around promising ideas, new approaches, and catalytic innovations. Particularly in times when adversity appears to be mounting from every direction, it is essential to seize upon the creativity and ingenuity that difficult circumstances demand (and even inspire). With this in mind, the 2020 Annual Conference will channel our community’s collective energy to focus on those small, emergent possibilities that hold the prospect for large, sweeping changes.   Click here to download the full concept note.   Location (online!) In light of COVID-19 and the implications that the pandemic has had on global health as well as (inter)national travel restrictions, the KPSRL Secretariat is hosting KPAC2020 entirely online this year. Our new virtual venue will allow everyone to navigate the program through one user-friendly interface via your web browser. The virtual venue has functions that recreate the spontaneous networking opportunities of an ‘in-person’ conference. You will be able to see who else is attending, invite direct connections, and even schedule spontaneous video meetings with other attendees. Suffice to say, it’s going to be a new kind of online-conference, and we’re excited to chart this new frontier with you, our SRoL community.  To access the Quick Guide for our virtual venue, please click here. To read the comprehensive User Guide for our virtual venue, please click here. To watch the Video Tutorial, please click here. Please click here for our Keynote Speaker & Featured Guests announcement. Please click here to scroll through our KPAC20 Program.   Check out our welcome tutorial video of the virtual venue below!   Check out the video from last year below!      
13 Oct 2020
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Religion and the 'Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda'
What potential does religion have to advance the WPS Agenda? How can we bridge religious actors and WPS stakeholders to create unexpected alliances? How can we focus on the opportunities that engaging religion offers to localizing the WPS agenda, while acknowledging its limitations? These questions form the core of the event “Religion and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”, organized by Cordaid and supported by the Knowledge Management Fund.   Event description Please note: There have been some recent changes to this event due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands. Please read the most updated announcements from the organizers here. 2020 marks a significant year for the WPS Agenda and community. The momentum of the 20th anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325 encourages thinking about promising ideas to enhance and improve the Agenda. One such idea: harnessing religion in furtherance of WPS. For the majority of the world’s population, religion shapes their everyday life. How might we build on the centrality of religion to people’s lives to achieve implementation of the WPS Agenda? This event brings together experts holding a multitude of perspectives to further explore the relationship between WPS and religion. October 1st will also serve as the kick-off to create a Community of Practice that will aim to share and facilitate knowledge exchange and explore ways to integrate the nexus between religion and the WPS agenda into our daily work.   The program has been adjusted to be more suitable for an online setting, by pre-recording the expert sessions and facilitating online exchange sessions. The pre-recorded expert sessions, consisting of the face to face discussion, panel discussion and the keynote will be released online on the mornings of the 6th, 7th and 8th of October. The videos will be posted in the LinkedIn group and sent the emails of registered participants. The expert sessions form the basis and provide food for thought for online exchange sessions that will take place on the 13th and the 14th of October. You can pick one of these moments to attend, since the set up will be the same. These will consist out of group discussions on the role of religion in the WPS agenda and will serve as the kick-off for the Community of Practice. Date & Location Date: October 13-14, 2020 Program: 10:00 – 17:00 (including lunch and drinks afterwards) Location: Online event If you would like further detail or have queries relating to the event, please contact Anne Kwakkenbos at: Anne.Kwakkenbos@cordaid.org.  
30 Sep 2020
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Webinar: Sustainable, Inclusive and Gender-Sensitive Community Structures in Somalia
Background Somali women in Somalia are agents of change in cross-clan dynamics and play a significant, yet unrecognised, role in both conflict and peace, at times driving violent responses in support of clan interests. They often have multiple clan identities; while women themselves are not a homogenous group and are often themselves be divided by clan, this may also allow them to negotiate solutions or navigate avenues towards peaceful resolution of conflict that may not be available to men. There is evidence that when involved in clan processes, women have acted as intermediaries between opposing clans. Their formal role, however, is often transactional and tokenistic and, while the legitimacy and effectiveness of traditional, clan-based security and dispute resolution mechanisms is to some extent waning, the gendered norms through which they function have remained embedded in Somali society. Women have also been shown to reinforce notions of masculinity associated with violence and revenge.  Through this webinar, Saferworld and KPSRL aim to share lessons on how communities in securitized environment can implement and utilize existing capacities to respond to  different security needs like SGBV management and conflict prevention in a gender and conflict sensitive manner. The webinar is part of Addressing Root Causes (ARC) learning online series aiming to sstrengthen relationships among   the   ARC   grantees   and   create connections and linkages across of the ARC projects, engage with pertinent issues of collaborative learning and explore  pathways  to strengthen  collaborative  and  creative  action  in learning  for  a  better  knowledge  uptake  in  programming  and  policy. Key questions to be addressed Programme design/implementation & impact: To what extent are CAFs able to work on addressing root causes? How do we improve efficiency of the programme? What does sustainability look like for this work? Speakers Maryam Abdi, Saferworld's ARC Programme Manager in Somalia Amina Arale Somali Women Development Centre Advocacy Lead Q&A moderated by the KPSRL Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing Messina Manirakiza at M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.   Download full concept note here.  
23 Sep 2020
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
ARC Webinar: Real Time Evaluation for Learning
Background The ARC Burundi - Nyubahiriza project is in its final year (2020). It is a challenging year with focused learning, a final evaluation and closure/sustainability considerations intersecting with elections. The prevailing political and security context makes reliable data collection extremely difficult and complicated. Both the baseline and mid-term evaluation acknowledged weak credibility of data, mainly as a result of bias and self-censorship. With this in mind, Oxfam Novib has undertaken a proactive approach to end line MEL by conducting a real time evaluation (RTE) in early 2020. Through this webinar, Oxfam Novib aims to share key lessons on real-time evaluation (RTE) conducted as part of its ARC program in Burundi. The webinar will outline why an RTE is a useful tool while implementing programs in volatile settings and practical steps and tips to take into consideration in the process.   The webinar is part of Addressing Root Causes (ARC) learning online series aiming to strengthen relationships among   ARC   grantees   and  create connections and linkages across ARC projects and beyond, engage with pertinent issues of learning and explore pathways for collaborative  and  creative  action  in learning  for  a  better  knowledge  uptake  in  programming  and  policy. Objectives Drawing from RTE’s experience of ARC Nyubahiriza program in Burundi, the webinar will: Discuss the usefulness of conducting real-time evaluations (when to use it and how it works); Highlight the challenges that come with conducting real time evaluations; Present the real time evaluation as a tool for learning action (and how to use it to bridge the learning gap between monitoring outcomes and the final evaluation). Linking the RTE to learnings from the ARC Regional Learning Symposium  - Africa 2020 Speakers Lauren Burrows, Oxfam Novib, The Netherlands Bonaventure Nzisabira, Oxfam Burundi Q&A moderated by the KPSRL Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing Messina Manirakiza at M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below. Download full concept note here.
10 Sep 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Launch report ‘Transitional Justice In Pre-Transitional Societies’
Heal Zimbabwe will be hosting a virtual dialogue meeting on 11 September 2020 between 15:00 -17:00. The meeting is meant to disseminate research findings on "Transitional Justice in Pre-Transitional Societies: The Case of Uganda and Zimbabwe." This dialogue allows practical and intellectual conversations on the possibilities of transitional justice in societies where genuine transitions are failing. Our broader objective is to influence both civic and state policy and practices on transitional justice, healing and reconciliation processes. This proposed webinar is part of Heal Zimbabwe’s Peace and Social Cohesion Building Dialogue Series, a social lab for peacebuilding knowledge management, in-depth conflict research explorations and social cohesion building investigations. Objectives a) To discuss research findings from the study on Transitional Justice in Pre-Transitional Societies: The Case of Uganda and Zimbabwe." b) To share local and international perspectives on alternative transitional justice policies and practices for pre-transitional societies. To read the full 'Transitional Justice in Pre-Transitional Societies' report, funded by the Knowledge Management Fund, please click here.  
28 Jul 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Webinar: Working in Unconventional Partnerships
Background Over the last two years, FROLIC Studio and a human rights organization partnered together to create a bespoke camera that can be used by human rights defenders to document human rights violations around the world. This unconventional partnership brought together organisations operating in entirely different sectors; one a product design and development studio, and the other an on-the-ground human rights organization. While each had differing institutional objectives and operating practices, they were able to find common ground and the partnership’s end camera product received an honorable mention in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2020. During this session these organizations will share their experiences of the partnership; highlighting some of the challenges they faced, as well as the positive lessons they have learned and new working methods they have developed as a result. The session will encourage participants to share their own experience of collaborating in non-traditional partnerships to foster positive social impact. Objectives To discuss and highlight the challenges that come with creating unconventional partnerships.  To discuss with participants the ways in which partnerships across sectors can lead to interesting and valuable innovation. To open up discussion about participants’ own unconventional partnerships and learn from others to find potential solutions to their challenges. Speakers Catriona Hands, Senior Project Manager, FROLIC Studio Two speakers from partner human rights organization Q&A Moderated by Megan Price, Head of Office, KPSRL Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing info@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.
23 Jun 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Webinar: Securitization of COVID-19 Response
Implications for Human Security in Kenya and the Horn of Africa Background Most authorities across the world have relied on security forces to enforce pandemic restrictions, with some countries over-relying on a securitized approach. This approach puts security actors in high-stress, close-contact situations with civilians for which police or military sometimes lack adequate de-escalation training. Violent enforcement or perceived unequal treatment by security forces can create deep schisms which can take a long time to repair. Since effective security engagement rests on trust between security actors and civilian populations, worsened relations can drive future insecurity. This is especially pertinent in Kenya which has one of the highest number of deaths in the world from security trying to enforce lockdowns  and where securitized responses from a decade of fighting al-Shabaab across the Horn have weakened trust between civilians and governments. In this webinar, Search for Common Ground (Search) will discuss how its peacebuilding approach enables an effective COVID-19 response by building trust between communities, community leaders, security forces and governments. Objectives Explore the impact of securitized responses to COVID-19 on local and regional dynamics in Kenya and the Horn of Africa. Explore opportunities for community security in responses to the pandemic - including civilian-led enforcement of health measures, such as municipal authorities overseeing quarantines. Discuss how to build ‘whole-of-society’ partnerships around security sector engagement in COVID-19 related measures. Speakers Judy Kimamo, Director Search for Common Ground, Horn of Africa Charline Burton, Executive Director Search for Common Ground, Europe Q&A Moderated by Megan Price, Head of Office, KPSRL Registration Registration for this event is now closed. Please e-mail info@kpsrl.org if you have any questions. You can view the recording of the webinar below.
19 Jun 2020
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Implementer Dialogue: Political Economy Analysis
Conducting a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) is one tool that can be utilized to understand and support the design and implementation of politically feasible programs, by setting informed objectives of what can be achieved, over what timescale and the risks involved. IDLO and KPSRL are organizing an Implementer Dialogue to learn from experts and organizational pilot initiatives about the relevance and importance of engaging with the PEA for security and rule of law strategies and programs, as a continual and iterative process. The ID will deconstruct how, when, why and with what purpose the PEA can be used as an analytical tool and framework for program design and implementation, identifying key challenges, opportunities, experiences and risks. The dialogue will provide an opportunity to share IDLO’s experience of engaging with its own institutional guidelines on PEA, which were recently piloted and applied in Somalia and Morocco.                                                       This ID aims to convene development practitioners, implementers and policy makers in order to disseminate expert knowledge and practical experience on adaptive programming, with a specific focus on engaging with the PEA as an analytical tool to formulate high-impact and high-quality security and rule of law programming.  The following questions will be addressed: PEAs as an iterative process: How to determine the right timing and the right strategy to feed into program design, planning, reviews or other decisions? How to make sure that PEA is a living and breathing process woven into everyday practice?  How do we ensure that the PEA remains relevant in the environment of constant political change - and therefore also how do we ensure that programs remain relevant? Download the full concept note here.  
12 Jun 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Thinking and working politically: COVID-19 as a critical juncture for political governance
Download the full concept note here. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted not only the health and economic systems of countries, but also the nature and effectiveness of the systems of governance. COVID-19 is a test of global social and political systems, and how we react now has implications for longer-term impacts. The Ebola crisis has taught us that it is the political, economic and social processes – and not the virus itself – that shape the governance systems that respond to an epidemic. As a global health crisis, COVID-19 indeed shocked democratic institutions and offered governments a stimulus to use emergency powers, curtailing individual and collective political rights in the short- and potentially long-term. In Africa, critics consider COVID-19 a threat to the whole of society that requires a response involving the whole of society. They warned that “trying to move fast without having a cooperative public in tow is a recipe for failure”. Indeed, one of the most pressing governance worries of the time is: What could happen to state-society relations and the functioning of states once the pandemic has been brought under control? How will the unprecedented actions governments are now taking impact state-society relationships in the long-term? As a critical juncture, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to better understand the opportunities as well as the threats to political governance in order to push for much needed reforms, support innovations, and address the long-term threats to political and democratic governance. The Knowledge Platform on Security and Rule of Law and CARE Nederland invite you to an online brainstorming discussion with development practitioners (DSH-partner INGOs and CSOs), key researchers, and policy experts engaged in governance. The objective of the session is to jointly reflect and share insights on the opportunities and threats COVID-19 presents from a governance perspective and on how development actors can support more effective governance. This online discussion intends to inform: adaptations including integration of governance in the COVID-19 response of DSH partners; dialogues with donor agencies on the importance of remaining “politically smart” and sensitive to local dynamics in building back better in the long-term; and a research agenda that will help shape long-term responses to the governance impacts of COVID-19. Download the full concept note here. *Correction: This event will be taking place on Friday June 12th, not Thursday as previously incorrectly written.  
11 Jun 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Online Symposium: ‘Evidence-based positioning of Community Security’
On June 11th, Strategic Research Fund 3 (SRF-3) researchers call on ‘Comprehensive Approaches To Security’ and MFA policy makers will step into dialogue. The researchers will share their findings and wider expertise, which will form the basis for a discussion on positioning Community Security within a wider range of development efforts to support security. This symposium offers opportunities for the researchers and policy makers to exchange expertise on both a practical, case-oriented level, as well as a conceptual, strategic level. The researche(r)s themselves are already a source for a useful, more hands-on exchange on their specific findings on Human Security processes, with cases in various regions (a.o. MENA, Horn of Africa, Sahel). However, to add a deeper layer to the discussion, this symposium will also specifically address how these researchers perceived community-level dynamics (e.g. granting legitimacy and people’s perceptions of security). Besides from exploring such Community Security dynamics, a central question is positioning this community-perspective of security vis á vis other development cooperation efforts: how does the perspective of communities fit into Human Security, or what does paying attention to Human Security imply for conventional policies on Security Sector Reform and Preventing Violent Extremism? After a general introduction four subgroups explore the following topics, of which participants can pick two: 1.1 Legitimacy on community level 1.2 Perceptions of security 2.1 Human Security and PVE 2.2 Embedding Human Security To confirm your participation, please register using the button below. Please note that this event is closed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands) and the SRF-3 researchers. If you would like to learn more or have a particular interest in this event, please e-mail Christian Kuitert (c.kuitert@kpsrl.org) for more information.
02 Jun 2020
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Webinar: Securing Public Trust and Social Cohesion Amid COVID-19
The Role of Access to Trusted and Reliable Information Background The COVID-19 pandemic presents heightened risks for societies with low levels of social cohesion and a lack of trust between citizens and the state. The accompanying ‘infodemic’ makes matters worse by spreading harmful information that not only undermines health responses but also tears at the social fabric. In addition, pre-existing suspicion of health authorities and aid actors in many countries adds to the danger. These factors drastically increase the likelihood of violence, witnessed already in surging numbers at the household level, and widely feared and predicted to come at the community level. However, experience responding to the Ebola epidemics in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo has shown that ensuring a constructive exchange of information and healthy collaboration between communities, authorities, and responders can play a crucial role in enabling an effective response and preventing violence.  In this webinar, two peacebuilding experts from Mercy Corps will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing threats to social cohesion in fragile contexts, and how we can make the international response more effective while preventing violent conflict. Objectives Raise awareness of the impact of COVID-19 on public trust and social cohesion in fragile contexts Share good practices of countering misinformation and strengthening community engagement to improve social cohesion amid an epidemic Hear experiences and good practices from the broader SRoL community Format & Speaker Emma Whitaker, Peace & Conflict Advisor, Mercy Corps Danjuma Dawop, Head of Conflict Management and Social Cohesion, Mercy Corps Iraq Q&A Moderated by Megan Price, Head of Office, KPSRL Registration Registration for this event is now closed. Please e-mail info@kpsrl.org if you have any questions. You can view the recording of the webinar below.
28 May 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Learning partnerships for adaptive programming in fragile contexts
We kindly invite you to a Food Security and Stability Community of Practice meeting, co-organised by F&BKP and KPSRL. The meeting focuses on learning partnerships for adaptive programming, more specifically to support food security and agricultural development programs in settings of fragility and protracted crisis. We will look at how learning for adaptation takes place with and between partners in consortia. The meeting will feature the following three cases. When signing up for the meeting, please select the two of these cases which you would like to discuss more in-depth in the two rounds of breakout sessions that will be held. PRIME - Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion, Ethiopia - Presented by Mercy Corps Operating in three regions in Ethiopia through ten consortium partners that collocate in eight offices under five technical areas, PRIME is structured to respond to complex and dynamic realities on the ground in its efforts to build resilience in pastoralist areas using a facilitative market systems approach. How can a large complex project be adaptive, flexible, inclusive and responsive? BRCiS Consortium - Building Resilient Communities in Somalia - Presented by NRC A humanitarian consortium (NRC, Concern Worldwide, Save the Children, IRC, Cesvi) that takes a holistic approach to supporting Somali communities in developing their capacity to resist and absorb minor shocks without undermining their ability to move out of poverty. The communities co-lead the design and the implementation. How did the consortium and the communities balance long-term goals and short-term emergency needs? BBB - Building Bridges in Burundi - Presented by Help a Child The program focuses on the creation of social and economic capital and assets among young people, aimed at reducing persistent poverty, unemployment and insecurity caused in part by increasing competition and tensions over arable land. The program has a component aiming to strengthen technical, professional and agrifood skills. How is this realized in communities exposed and vulnerable to inter-ethnic & political tensions, insecurity and violence, and to poverty and wider social & economic marginalization?   Please register and select your cases of choice through this form by Wednesday 27 May 12.00. Selecting a case beforehand is necessary for organizing the breakout groups online. A more detailed program, including the Zoom link, will be sent to you shortly before the meeting. In case you have any questions, please email Jacqueline Vrancken Jacqueline at jacqueline@thebrokeronline.eu or Messina Laurette Manirakiza at M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org  
26 May 2020
KPSRL
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"How to host a webinar" with Jack Farrell
Join us for our first online kickoff event of a spring webinar series centered on innovative, online working in the time of COVID-19. As the KPSRL moves its events and sessions online, we want our community to remain active in generating the content and setting the agenda. To help make that transition, we are offering the KPSRL network a 'crash course' in "How to Host a Webinar". We are very excited to invite Jack Farrell, host of the DME for Peace weekly "M&E Thursday Talks" webinar, who has hosted over 100 live discussions. Jack will offer some tips and tricks to organizing and hosting an effective webinar, including how to structure your webinar, advice on webinar platforms, and how to facilitate online conversations with diverse audiences. For security purposes, the link to the webinar will only be provided upon registation. Registration Registration for this event is now closed. Please e-mail info@kpsrl.org if you have any questions. You can view the recording of the webinar below.
23 Apr 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Mid-Term Review Community Reflection
Please note that this event has now been rescheduled as a remotely accessible event and will be hosted on Zoom. Please see updates on our COVID-19 policy in the News section of our website. The Knowledge Platform Secretariat would like to extend an open invitation to all of our network members to join us in discussing the 2019 Mid-Term Review (MTR). The independent MTR of the KPSRL was intended to assess our progress towards the project’s goal and outcomes. We would like to take up the results of the MTR as well as your reflections into our own learning. The aim of this discussion is to generate feedback from our valued community members, and to help us shape the KPSRL's trajectory forward. The success of our work is fueled by our diverse network, and we would greatly appreciate as many perspectives as possible. As indicated in our COVID-19 policy, we are hosting only remotely accessible events until further notice, thus the Community Reflection will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, April 23rd from 15:30-17:00 (CET). Registration is mandatory to attend this event, and spaces are limited. Please register by contacting info@kpsrl.org or clicking the button below. Upon registration, more details on joining the virtual discussion will be provided. We have created a 3-question survey for our community members to provide specific input to the MTR prior to our event. After reviewing the MTR, please submit your input by Thursday 10:00am (CET). This will be reviewed by the Secretariat separately, in lieu of a plenary discussion.  Please download the MTR here. Please contribute your input to the survey here.      
25 Mar 2020
KPSRL
IDLO, Conference Room
Expert Consultation Synthesizing Program Results Information
Background and Concept Development partners are under pressure to account for their overall performance and demonstrate results towards their strategic objectives. In addition, there is a need to learn from what works and what does not, in order to inform choices at the strategic level. To facilitate these accountability and learning processes, many development partners have adopted agency-level results frameworks and specific systems for monitoring, reporting on, and learning from, agency-level results. The development and implementation of these systems have proven to be challenging, especially for development partners working in the Rule of Law sector, due to the complexity of international rule of law assistance. Both the Department of Stabilization and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IDLO worked in 2019 on their approaches for synthesizing, and reporting on, program results information. DSH developed its Results Framework (RF) in 2018 and started revising the indicators underlying its RF in 2019. To support this exercise and further reflect upon its approach for synthesizing program information, it organized dialogue sessions with implementing partners on "aggregation & synthesis" in the summer of 2019. However, the focus in the results framework remains on quantitative indicators to be measured at the project level. More qualitative results, or results from their policy influencing efforts, are not being systemically collected and analyzed yet. IDLO adopted its agency-level Results Framework in 2018 and drafted specific processes for synthesizing, and reporting on, program results information in 2019. In support of these activities, it organized an expert consultation on Monitoring practices in the RoL sector in 2018. This expert consultation on "synthesizing program results information" will build on the previous dialogue and expert sessions and will focus on exchanging experiences with developing and implementing approaches for synthesizing program results information.   Objective This expert consultation organized by IDLO and the Dutch MFA brings together monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting experts of development agencies that operate in the rule of law sector. The aim of the consultation is to share lessons learned, challenges encountered, and possible solutions when developing and implementing approaches for synthesizing program results information. The consultation will mainly focus on qualitative synthesizing approaches, instead of on standardized indicator based approaches, as the latter have received more attention during previous events. Please note that this is a closed event. If you are interested in learning more, you may contact IDLO for more information (idlo@idlo.int).  
17 Mar 2020
KPSRL
IDLO Hague Branch Office
POSTPONED: Implementer Dialogue: Political Economy Analysis
Please note that this event and all KPSRL scheduled in-person meetings and gatherings are now postponed until a later date. We will follow up with interested parties, in the event that meetings will be replaced by an online/webinar event. Please see our updates on COVID-19 policy in the News section of our website. Objective This implementer Dialogue, organized in collaboration with IDLO, aims to convene development practitioners, implementers, policy and decision makers in order to disseminate expert knowledge and practical experience on adaptive programming, with a specific focus on engaging with the PEA as an analytical  tool to forumlate high-impact and high quality security and rule of law programming. The following questions will be addressed: 1. With what purpose and at what stage should we conduct the PEA for security and rule of law interventions? 2. What are the advantages and the challenges of conducting the PEA for security and rule of law interventions? 3. How can we ensure that the PEA is properly built into program design and implementation, and where relevant, in agreement with partners and donors? 4. How can we ensure that PEAs are undertaken at regular intervals and as an iterative process? How can we avoid the PEA being a one-off exercise? 5. How do we ensure that the PEA remains relevant in the environment of constant political change - and therefore also how do we ensure that programs remain relevant? To ensure an open and pragmatic exchange, the dialogue will be held under Chatham House Rule, among a targeted limited group of relevant organizations, with existing or emerging linkages among respective portfolios of work. For the full agenda, please download the full concept note here.
27 Feb 2020
KPSRL
Leiden University
Land rights and climate-induced displacement: the case of Mozambique
Background Among countries that are prone to natural disasters, many are developing countries. In many of these countries, natural disasters have become more frequent and more vehement in recent decades due to climate change. In March 2019, cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique with unprecedented strength, affecting the lives of 1.8 million people and displacing thousands. Events such as this easily lead to land-related conflict, both in the areas directly affected by the storm, and in the locations where displaced victims seek shelter, or where they are temporary or permanently resettled. The questions this raises will become ever more pertinent in light of ongoing climate change: How do people address land-related problems caused by environmental displacement, once the emergency aid organizations have left? What role do state institutions and legislation play in addressing these problems, and can their performance be improved? How do they deal with customary systems? And can a legal framework embrace a human rights-based approach to environmental displacement? This roundtable discussion, funded by the Knowledge Management Fund, focuses on the effects of environmental displacement on land rights and conflict, and the role of the legal framework in addressing these land-related problems. We will refer to the aftermath of cyclone Idai in Mozambique as a case study. The meeting will kick-off with short introductions by experts in the field of land rights and climate change. They will each introduce their own views on how best to address pressing issues in the future. After this, an interactive group discussion will follow to gather the point of view of the larger audience. The meeting intends to bring together people from different disciplines, who are working in different sectors and to promote dialogue between humanitarians, land right specialists, academics and government officials, local and international NGO workers.  
03 Feb 2020
KPSRL
EMMA Experts in Media and Society
What's the importance of Dutch investment in trauma processing for Lebanese refugees?
How do refugee children deal with war related trauma? And in what way does the Dutch government add to this process through education? Join the discussion on 3 February to discuss whether these efforts contribute to security and stability in the Netherlands. Lebanon is an interesting case study to answer these questions, due to its geographical location and the refugee influx, as the country hosts around 1 million Syrian refugees. The Dutch government specifically focuses on ‘creating stability’ in the Middle East by investing around 30 million euros per year in education, and by cooperating with various (local) partners, to ensure a peaceful and secure future, locally and eventually internationally.  Funded by the Knowledge Management Fund, researchers Marije Luitjens and Laura Sofie van der Reijden have spent the last few months investigating this aim for stability through education, more specifically in relation to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) – one of the other focal points of the Dutch government. The research focuses specifically on educational interventions, such as Basic Literacy and Numeracy (BLN) and psychosocial support (PSS), subsidised by the Netherlands in Lebanon. During the research, the importance of  psychosocial support (PSS) as part of the educational intervention has become apparent, which has been analyzed in relation to PVE. These results will be presented during this event.  During the panel discussion led by Jasper Wegman, both Marije Luitjens and Laura Sofie van der Reijden, a MFA representative and a mental health specialist will shed light on aspects regarding this important topic. Join us on the 3rd of February to discuss the future of mental health for refugee populations.  Program 19:00         Doors open for public event: Syrian coffee + sweets 19:15         Start of evening – Chaired by Jasper Wegman 19:30         International trauma-expert Drs. Anne van den Ouwelant on' trauma-processing for refugee children' 19:45         ‘The importance of educational practices for PVE’ by Renet van der Waals, senior specialist Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MFA) 20:00         Marije Luitjens and Laura van der Reijden – ‘Importance of PSS and education for PVE in Lebanon’ 20:30         Panel discussion, chaired by Jasper Wegman 20:45         Network opportunity: drinks + bites
23 Jan 2020
KPSRL
More information on the location will be provided upon registration.
A Critical Juncture: South Sudan's security amidst a tenuous peace deal
A South Sudanese perspective Three professors from South Sudan will provide their reflections on the current intricacies of South Sudan’s security sector in the context of an unpredictable peace agreement. After six years of conflict, the young nation is poised at a critical juncture, mid-way through the 100-day extension of a ceasefire agreement that hopes to lead to naming a unity government. While the internal borders and national identity of this nascent state are still being (violently) contested, processes of statebuilding, comprehensive security and nationbuilding are not simply abstract challenges. They are actual lived experiences for these visiting scholars, who are eager to share their research on: building an inclusive security sector; military economy of SSR in South Sudan; and the current peace process. This public event, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Embassy in Juba, and the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law, will provide an unparalleled view into how South Sudanese experts themselves are analyzing the current situation. Agenda: 15:30 -  Opening remarks Janet Alberda – The Dutch Ambassador to Juba 15:45 -  Addresses by three South Sudanese scholars Dr James Solomon Padiet – Scene setting: implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan  Dr Abraham Kuol Nyuon – Reflecting on the specific context of the military economy of Security Sector Reform in South Sudan Prof. Dr Samson Samuel Wassara – The complexities and domestic efforts of establishing an inclusive security sector in the context of polarized identities 16:45 – Moderated Q&A with the audience 17:30 – Borrel Registration  Registration is mandatory to attend this event, and spaces are limited. Please register by contacting info@kpsrl.org or clicking the button below. Date & Location The Panel will be held Thursday 23 January, in The Hague.