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28 Jul 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Virtually Accessible
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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.  
18 Dec 2019
IDLO Office
Learning at the Portfolio Level: Collaborative Learning and Programme Adaptation in Fragile Contexts
Background While learning and adaptive management approaches are mostly developed and applied in specific projects, there is a growing interest in information that can inform portfolio-level decision-making and adaptation. Aggregated data, resulting from collaborative learning initiatives, are required to inform ongoing funding cycles as well as future portfolio decisions. However, evidence on what works and what does not in terms of collaborative learning and portfolio adaptation is scarce, especially in fragile contexts. What can geographically dispersed projects working in different sectors learn from each other? How useful is a good practice that worked at the local level when it is de-contextualised? How to experiment with different approaches within one portfolio, without provoking competitive dynamics? Learning beyond the boundaries of institutions and projects to inform programme adaptation and portfolio decision-making – at the right time – remains a tall order. The workshop will provide insights into the evidence base, lessons learnt and good practices of collaborative learning initiatives, focusing on entry points for collaborative learning results to effectively inform programme adaptation and portfolio decision-making. To this end, the workshop will bring together researchers working on portfolio learning and adaptation, practitioners working in projects with collaborative learning components and policy-makers working on portfolio management. Preliminary Agenda 09:00    Welcome & introduction, Megan Price, KPSRL 09:15    Setting the scene on portfolio learning and adaption: What has been tested and deemed effective? Anne Buffardi, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Q&A 10:00    Insights from the “Addressing Root Causes (ARC)” learning agenda on adaptive programming: How to implement collaborative learning approaches?, Geert de Jonge, Red een Kind, Q&A 11:00    Coffee Break 11:15    Interactive discussion: Experience-sharing & reflections on collaborative learning and portfolio adaptation 12:30    Wrap up and closing   Click here to download event concept note. Click here for the full synergy report of the event.
13 Dec 2019
Securing the Local (Final Conference)
The Securing the Local Project is funded through the NWO-Wotro Security and Rule of Law program and studies the role of local security groups in countering (the threat of) extremist violence in Kenya, Nigeria and Indonesia. The project focused on these groups' positions in society and their relations to the state, their role in conceptualizing and delivering security and their standing in terms of legitimacy and rule of law. In particular the interest lay with their actions, influence and effects in the wider context of economy, social dynamics and gender. In this one day conference, there will be presentations by the three country research teams, discussions surrounding the pros and cons of comparison as a method and a round-table on security groups in state-society relations. The conference will take place in Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 at University of Amsterdam and is free of charge. Please register via StLocalconf@gmail.com, as places are limited.  Please contact dr. L.G.H. (Laurens) Bakker at l.g.h.bakker@uva.nl for more details.
14 Nov 2019
Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law Office
Learning from Assumptions: Promoting women’s political participation as pathway towards inclusive governance
Political governance is one of the domains of change that shapes the current partnerships supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) under the theme of Security and Rule of Law (SRoL). The SRoL’s current theory of change (ToC) describes change in this domain as referring to the “strengthened national and local level governance structures that are inclusive and accountable to their constituencies, and that are – together with societies at large – able to effectively prevent and resolve conflict in a non-violent and inclusive manner”. The workshop will engage with underlying assumptions that guide and drive programme ToCs, focusing on assumptions conceptualizing women’s political participation (WPP) as a pathway towards achieving inclusive governance. By discussing different tools and ways of testing ToC assumptions and taking stock of evidence, the workshop aims to explore how reviews of ToC assumptions can guide decisions related to adjusting programme interventions. Participants are encouraged to identify ‘blind spots’, where evidence is required to further test assumptions related to WPP, as well as opportunities for learning collaborations between policy-makers, practitioners and researchers, to enable learning from ToC assumptions in the fields of WPP/political governance. Speakers Eunike Spierings, M&E specialist, at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) who is responsible for the Centre’s monitoring and evaluation. Angela Rodriguez, the Executive Director of NIMD's programme in Colombia, will share practical experience and examples from Colombia. Agenda 13:00  Welcome & introduction, Megan Price, KPSRL 13:15  Presentation & discussion of recent CARE NL studies related to WPP Social Inclusion in Fragile Settings: Pathways towards inclusion of women and girls in local governance processes - presentation of key findings of global study on Social Inclusion, Berlinda Nolles, CARE Netherlands    Norms and Practices of Public Authorities in Conflict-& Post Conflict-affected Contexts - presentation of key findings of global study on Norms and Practices, Katie Whipkey, CARE Netherlands Plenary Q&A 14:00  Coffee break 14:15  Roundtable Discussion: Learning from ToC Assumptions, Edin Elgsaether & Angela Rodrigues, NIMD, Koen Faber, Cordaid, Lori Cajegas, CARE Netherlands and Eunike Spierings, ECDPM Plenary Q&A 15:30  Plenary Discussion: Future learning collaborations and way forward  16:00 Wrap up & closing, KPSRL Background The workshop is part of KPSRL’s practice-lab series, which deals with adaptive programming in fragile settings. The event series explores pathways for collaborative and creative action in learning for a better knowledge uptake, aiming at building learning partnerships and reflecting on scaling up and action. Bringing together practitioners, researchers and policy makers, this workshop particularly focuses on testing assumptions that guide and drive programme ToCs and interventions. Registration For further information and registration, please contact Karoline Eickhoff, KPSRL (k.eickhoff@kpsrl.org). Download the PDF invitation here.
10 Oct 2019
COMM - Museum voor Communicatie
Bridging the Gap - Annual Conference 2019
The Annual Conference is a one-day event that brings our vibrant community of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers together 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, the Secretariat has chosen to investigate a number of gaps – as well as how we can work together to bridge them - under the theme ‘Bridging the Gap: Rhetoric and practice in security and the rule of law’. We hope this theme will challenge participants to interrogate the way the security and rule of law field is organized and framed, to contribute to the generation of new ideas, reward taking risks and successful innovation, and to forge promising and equal relationships to enable progress towards sustaining peace and strengthening the rule of law.   Video impression  Program   Find the program for the Annual Conference here.   Timetable   Find the Timetable of sessions at the Annual Conference here.   Practical information The Annual Conference will be held at the COMM - Museum voor Communicatie (Zeestraat 82, 2518 AD Den Haag) on 10 October 2019. The Conference is a full-day event. Register for the Annual Conference here Bridging the Gap: Rhetoric and practice in security and the rule of law Through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all states have committed to fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. It is incumbent on all states to implement this vision through concerted efforts and a commitment to the elements that make up the Agenda, acknowledging the importance of stability, peace and the (inter)national rule of law for sustainable development. However, ensuring the implementation of effective interventions and integrating the approaches of the various actors working on security and rule of law remains challenging. Despite efforts of states, civil society, and citizens to work together, there are persistent gaps in the ways that we think of and work on security and the rule of law. These include systemic gaps between the broad consensus on how we should be working, and the administrative and political structures that impede us from doing so – gaps between rhetoric and practice. In 2019, the Knowledge Platform’s Annual Conference will zoom in on some of these gaps. As ever, the Secretariat looks to the wealth of knowledge and experience within its vibrant community to devise ways to have an open and honest dialogue about these gaps, in an effort to try and begin to bridge them, and together work towards a culture of the rule of law, viable justice mechanisms, secure and stable environments, and sustainable peace and development. This year’s Annual Conference offers a forum to critically explore ways to bridge the gaps between rhetoric and practice, and capitalize on the expertise brought by the diverse audience drawn to the Annual Conference. As such, the Secretariat hopes to interrogate the way the current ecosystem is organized and framed, and to contribute to the generation of new ideas to stimulate learning, and reward taking risks and successful innovation, and to the forging of promising and equal relationships to enable progress towards sustaining peace and strengthening the rule of law.   Register here    
09 Oct 2019
Issues of significance in the lives of women and girls such as family disputes, access to land, and gender-based violence are often resolved by chiefs, elders, religious leaders or similar customary and informal actors because formal justice systems are not always accessible, affordable or familiar to communities. On top of that, state judicial systems can be seen as complicated, with slow, inflexible and often confrontational processes. However, these customary and informal systems often fail to uphold women’s human rights. So how can we realize justice for women and girls who use these systems? And how can customary and informal justice contribute to women finding justice? What are the pros and cons of these systems? What are promising developments and opportunities in the near future? INSPIRING SPEAKERS Fiona Hukula, an anthropologist from Papua New Guinea, will talk about the pros and cons of customary justice and the practice of witchcraft and sorcery allegations against women in her country. Laisa Masuhud Alamia, a human rights lawyer from the Philippines, is an expert in the use of Shari’a law especially when it concerns issues of particular relevance to Muslim women, such as Female Genital Cutting, Adoption and the Care of Orphans, Women’s Religious Leadership, and Child Marriages. Jemimah Aluda, a lawyer and women’s rights activist from Kenya, works on empowering women in community justice cases and is committed to the creation of a society that is free of all forms of discrimination against women and girls. Join a dialogue with these renowned experts and practitioners and share your thoughts and ideas on how to deliver justice for women and girls.Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Welcome at 15:00, start at 15:30 – 17:00 sharp. The dialogue will continue during drinks after the Talks.   SPEAKERS LAISA MASUHUD ALAMIA JEMIMAH ALUDA FIONA HUKULA
19 Sep 2019
Peace, security and climate change
Peace, security and climate change: What can businesses do to be part of the solution? With the advent of delivering the Sustainable Development Goals agenda for 2030, International Alert is seeking ways to engage and collaborate with the business sector operating in volatile environments. Good business can be good for peace and sustainable development, but the mechanisms for achieving this are complicated. They are challenged by the fact that their operations tend to conflict with the needs of local communities, due to their impact on land and water, resources that are increasingly under pressure from climate change. What are the challenges and opportunities for businesses? How can we work together so that the private sector can become a driving force for peace? Join International Alert at our next Peace Talks event, celebrating the International Day of Peace and bringing businesses into the conversation. PANEL: Hans Bolscher, Former Director at the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands (chair) Jessie Banfield, Director of Programmes, International Alert Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt, Senior Sustainability Advisor, focussing on business and finance, Ministry of the Environment Iain Watt, Principal Climate Specialist, Forum for the Future Ele Jan Saaf, Managing Director, specialised in water management for peace and climate change, SaafConsult The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception. Please note this is a closed event under Chatham House Rules. International Alert’s Peace Talks is part of the Just Peace Festival activities organised in the city of the Hague.
28 Jun 2019
La Joie Plazza Hotel
Conflicts around Virunga National Park: The state of play
This is a one-day workshop to discuss the results of a KMF-financed research project on conflicts around Virunga National Park. The research focused on: conflicts around the park's boundaries and access to natural resources; the relations between park guards (including female park guards) and the people living next to the park; and the park's approach to management and community projects. The workshop will discuss the research findings within each of these three dimensions, and formulate recommendations to attenuate conflict and promote constructive dialogue.
26 Jun 2019
COMM - Museum voor Communicatie
World Conference on Statelessness
THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON STATELESSNESS "I wanted to be a doctor. But I was barred from sitting my medical exam because I was stateless. So, I decided to study law. I thought, if I cannot wear a white coat and treat sick people, I can wear a black coat and treat the sick society we live in." Neha Gurung, Nepal   Statelessness poses a real challenge to equality, inclusion, security, rights and development in the world today. Despite increased attention and action, the cycle of statelessness, discrimination and denial goes on, across generations. The question is, how can we break it? Join over 250 activists, advocates, academics and artists at the World Conference on Statelessness, for an important and timely conversation on the right to nationality, citizenship and inclusive societies for all. Listen to over 100 speakers from over 50 countries. Share your expertise, participate in strategic and skills building workshops and network with peers from around the world. Follow the 10 Grand Challenges Sessions on the most pressing issues we face, including forced migration, racism, child rights, the Syria conflict and Rohingya crisis. Participate in the Cancelled Arts Programme, through which renowned artists will engage with and challenge conventional approaches and solutions to the problem of statelessness.   You can find the provisional conference agenda here.   Be a part of the conversation and help build a global movement to address statelessness. The World Conference on Statelessness will provide a forum to explore and discuss statelessness related challenges, opportunities, research, policy and advocacy; shape the strategic direction of the field; find creative ways respond to emerging challenges and forge collaborations to achieve change. The event is the only global conference of its kind to focus on these issues and therefore offers a unique opportunity for the participating stateless activists, academics, NGOs, UN officials, artists, government officials and journalists to engage in conversation across geographic and disciplinary divides. The programme will feature a mixture of time-tested and innovative formats, including panel presentations, roundtables and skills-building workshops, film screenings, marketplace sessions and exhibitions. Over 100 speakers will contribute to the programme, from more than 40 different countries. There will be a strong focus on the grand challenges faced globally, including high-level panel debates on: Strengthening a unified human rights voice on the Rohingya crisis; Precarious Citizenship: The use and mis-use of deprivation of nationality in the world today; Realising the right of every child to a nationality; and Building a global statelessness movement. There will also be sessions exploring new opportunities, such as emerging approaches to statelessness studies, showcasing the interdisciplinary work of a new generation of PhD students; the presentation of new tools for policy assessment and awareness raising; and brainstorming of lessons learned from national and international campaigning. To take full advantage of a global convening of this kind to build the capacity of grassroots and other actors, the programme will also offer networking sessions and 'skills labs' to boost knowledge of working with the media, fundraising, writing for different audiences, using communications technology such as webinars or podcasting, and more. Below is an overview of some of the confirmed speakers.   SPEAKERS More speakers to be announced soon. KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Radhika Coomaraswamy Member of the UN Fact - Finding Mission on Myanmar and former Under Secretary - General of the UN, Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict CONFERENCE CHAIR - Laetitia van den Assum An independent diplomatic expert and a former ambassador of the Netherlands as well as a former staff member of the United Nations Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur Associate Professor of Law, University of the Western Cape, current Member, and former chairperson of the UN CRC and ACERWC Deepti Gurung Campaigner for women's equal citizenship rights, Nepal. Maha Mamo Formerly stateless activist for the right to nationality, Brazil Joshua Castellino Executive Director MRG & Professor of Law, Middlesex University Chris Nash Director of the European Network on Statelessness Carol Batchelor Special Advisor on Statelessness, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Catherine Harrington Campaign Manager, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights Jawad Fairooz Former Bahraini MP and Chairman of SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights Saiful Huq Omi Award-winning Photographer, documenting stories of the Rohingya since 2008 Fernand de Varennes UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues David Cotterrel Installation artist and Research Professor of Fine Art  
19 Jun 2019
Hague Humanity Hub
Justice for Women: Implications for Dutch Policies at Home and Abroad
The Justice for Women Report, released in March 2019 by the High-level Group on Justice for Women, identifies the main barriers to women’s rights and gender equality both globally and in the Netherlands. Including intimate partner violence, discrimination at work, gaps in legal identity and exclusion from decision making, to name a few. IDLO invites you to discuss the applicability of this report´s recommendations on policies in the Netherlands and abroad, together with policy makers and civil society representatives working in and on the Justice and Security sector. Rea Abada Chiongson, IDLO’s Senior Legal Advisor on Gender will present the recommendations and strategies outlined in the report. A specific focus of the discussion will be the domestic application of the international Women, Peace and Security agenda. Can this report be used as a stepping stone for a domestic pillar of the Dutch National Action Plan (NAP) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which will be developed in 2020?the past decades, there has been an increasing number of calls to ensure the centrality of gender concerns in the design, implementation and evaluation of all international development policies, programs and other interventions. Nevertheless, integrating gender in rule of law and justice work continues to be extremely challenging - particularly in situations where programming occurs in fragile and conflict situations.
10 Jun 2019
Emory Hotel, Malani Room, Nairobi
Research Collaboration in Conflict
Although institutions in the Global North have awoken to the need for local and contextualized knowledge in research, less is understood—or operationalized—about the risks associated with the lopsided conditions under which local partners must operate in the field. How conflict is understood is strongly influenced by how conflict research is produced.  On Monday 10 June, the Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion to disseminate findings from a Rift Valley Institute (RVI) project on research collaboration, in partnership with the Congolese research institute, Groupe d'Etudes sur les Conflits et la Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH) and funded by the Knowledge Management Fund. The project examines the political economy of knowledge production and its impact on the security of researchers in conflict-affected settings and in turn, the quality of the research that is produced.  The panellists will examine the current conversation on research collaboration, ethics and decolonizing knowledge, and share insights from their experiences working on collaborative projects. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A period. The event will be in English and French with simultaneous translation. Panellists Dr Yolande Bouka, Visiting Professor, Elliot School of International Affairs   Professor Godefroid Muzalia, Director, Group d'Etudes sur les Conflits et Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH)   Irène Bahati, Researcher, Group d'Etudes sur les Conflits et Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH)   Elisée Cirhuza, Researcher, Group d'Etudes sur les Conflits et Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH)