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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.
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).
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)
06 May 2019
Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding
On 6 May, the Platform will host Susanna Campbell in The Hague to present her new, incisive book Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding.   In the book, Campbell examines the relationships between peacebuilding organizations, their country offices, and local actors. Country offices play a central role in forging peace in conflict-affected societies, but must continually balance their (competing) accountability to their organizations, donors and local stakeholders. How country offices manage to strike this balance defines whether and how much they learn about what it takes to build peace in their context. Through in-depth examination of the day-to-day machinations of organizations and individuals working to resolve violent conflicts and foster peaceful societies, Campbell arrives at useful practical recommendations for all involved in peacebuilding efforts.   Join us on 6 May – we welcome your input and would value your insights during the facilitated discussion after Prof. Campbell’s presentation.
29 Apr 2019
World Forum
World Justice Forum VI: “Realizing Justice for All”
The coming year will provide several important opportunities for advancing the rule of law and delivering on the promise of justice for all. A critical opportunity for the international justice and rule of law community to come together in preparation for the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 will take place April 29 through May 2, 2019, when up to 1,000 governmental and non-governmental actors, private sector leaders, and members of the donor community will convene in The Hague for World Justice Forum VI, the premier international event for the rule of law. Organized under the theme "Realizing Justice for All," World Justice Forum VI will: Highlight key research findings on the relationship between justice and sustainable development; Showcase successful solutions that deliver justice and strengthen the rule of law; Foster multi-sectoral collaboration; and Mobilize commitments to increase access to justice. In the spirit of fostering multi-sectoral collaboration, plenary speakers, practical working sessions, and more will explore the intersection of access to justice and the thematic areas of: technology, gender equality, public health, the environment, labor and employment, and criminal justice. In addition, finalists of the World Justice Challenge will showcase their work as part of a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote best practices and successful solutions to improve access to justice. The World Justice Forum VI is organized by the World Justice Project with the following co-producing partners: Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; HiiL; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; Open Society Justice Initiative; OECD; and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. Detailed information about the event, including opportunities for sharing your solutions to increasing access to justice with a global audience, is available here. Note that KPSRL members are eligible for a discounted registration rate. Please enter the code "PARTNER" when registering, by clicking on "Enter Promotional Code" above the ticket list.
18 Mar 2019
IDLO Branch Office, The Hague
Communities of Practice for Development: Good Practices and Lessons Learned
To access new or deeper knowledge and to enhance connectivity among practitioners, Communities of Practice can be critical tools; however, devising sustainable Communities of Practice that address complex development problems effectively is often challenging. Organized in partnership with IDLO, and building on the 2018 KPSRL Annual Conference session related to Communities of Practice, this dedicated workshop brings together practitioners to share and exchange good practices and lessons learned, to help foster effective Communities of Practice in the development sector. The key objectives of the workshop are to: share reflections from pilot and established initiatives; gather experiences and good practices from participants and facilitators in Communities of Practice; review and exchange on updates to a Community of Practice Toolkit (shared as part of the workshop), incorporating lessons; and explore where there may be opportunities for greater collaboration of Community of Practice facilitators for continued knowledge exchange. The workshop will be hosted by Pamela Kovacs, IDLO’s Research and Learning Manager with expert insights from Kaushik Roy and Francesca Rappocciolo, IDLO’s Learning and Knowledge Management Initiative team. To inspire deliberations, experiences and lessons will be shared from building a Community of Practice at IDLO in relation to customary and informal justice. A light lunch will be served following the workshop. Please RSVP by sending an email to thehague@idlo.int.
14 Feb 2019
Thinking and Working Politically: Learning from the mid-term reviews of DSH’s strategic partnerships
On Thursday 14 February 2019, KPSRL in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) and NIMD hosted a meeting to share lessons from the mid-term reviews (MTRs) of Strategic Partnerships on Dialogue and Dissent (SPDD) in the field of security and rule of law. Speakers The event started with presentations by the two evaluation teams that have conducted the MTRs of NIMD’s SP Conducive Environment for Effective Policy-making (Mike Zuyderduyn and Irma Alpenidze, MDF) and of NIMD’s Dialogue for Stability Programme (Greg Power, Global Partners Governance; Alina Rocha Menocal, ODI). They were followed by three discussants: Koen Faber (Cordaid), Lori Cajegas (CARE) and Marjolein Jongman (DSH). The remainder of the event was open for active Q&A and discussion. Background In November 2016, the Knowledge Platform organized a series of lunch meetings and a closing brainstorm on the topic of adaptive programming in the field of security and rule of law. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs´ Department of Stabilization and Humanitarian Aid, together with NIMD and PAX, hosted the forward-looking lunch meetings, which aimed to address challenges foreseen in programme management and results measurement of programmes such as SPDD, especially in the context of the its funding mechanism’s flexible monitoring requirements. As a follow-up to these meetings, GPPAC hosted a project in 2017¬2018 under the KPSRL’s Knowledge Management Fund, learning from outcome harvesting as an approach used by various SPs to better capture results from adaptive programmes in complex environments. Now, at the beginning of 2019, NIMD, and most of the programme’s strategic partners have conducted MTRs, creating an opportune moment to share their findings and draw lessons in the light of the previously identified challenges to adaptive programming. Guiding questions On using political economy analyses and thinking and working politically: What does this really mean and how have various Strategic Partners done this, and done this well? On Theory of Change application and adjustment, and adaptive programming in practice: How have Theories of Change been used to guide programming? How are they tested and adjusted, and on what basis? Due to the limited number of places available, this is a closed-door event. If you would like to attend, please send an email to m.manirakiza@kpsrl.org.
08 Feb 2019
Peace Palace, The Hague
Transitional Justice & SDG 16+: Report Presentation
The International Center for Transitional Justice, in partnership with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, invites you to a presentation of the report “Transitional Justice and SDG16+” in The Hague, on 8 February 2019 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The launch will start at 1.15PM. The product of a one-year long reflection by the Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG 16+, comprised of civil society experts, governmental representatives, and UN agencies, the report pinpoints the ways in which transitional justice processes can successfully advance SDG 16+ and improve the lives of victims of violence, human rights violations, and marginalization. The report is also a contribution to the work of the Pathfinders’ Task Force on Justice. This presentation is the first of many events and activities over the next year. Join us in the discussions and in calling for action on justice. Help us make 2019 the year of justice, peace, and inclusiveness. Please note that you must bring valid photo ID to enter the Peace Palace.
08 Feb 2019
Localizing Access to Justice in Somaliland
With a majority of the world’s citizens living without equitable access to justice, the need to prioritize justice for all is paramount. The inclusion of justice as a focus area of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has spurred those working on justice around the world to come together to make 2019 the Year of Justice. The Global Taskforce on Justice – led by the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, Argentina and the Elders will be hosting the Justice Partners Forum on February 7th to convene justice leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges in achieving access to justice for all and exploring strategies to accelerate delivery on justice, nationally and worldwide. In Somaliland, through work to localize SDG16+, Saferworld together with authorities and civil society organizations have identified access to justice as a key development priority. An inclusive process to determine justice gaps and potential solutions has been ongoing over the past six months, with support from the KPSRL’s Knowledge Management Fund. Ambitious plans are now in place to use the Year of Justice to launch a new vision for access to justice for Somaliland. Speakers will share experiences about the successes and remaining challenges for improving access to justice in Somaliland. Using this case study, Saferworld, the Somaliland Human Rights Centre and the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform will host a side-event on the margins of the Justice Partners Forum on 8 February 2018 to share experiences about successes and remaining challenges, and start a conversation on localizing access to justice across similar contexts. Speakers: Mr. Adam Haji-Ali Ahmed – Chief Justice of Somaliland Ms. Charlotte Watson – Conflict and Security Adviser, Saferworld Mr. Guleid Ahmed Jama – Founder and former Chairperson, Somaliland Human Rights Centre
04 Feb 2019
IDLO Branch Office
Navigating Complex Pathways Towards Justice for All
On the eve of the Task Force on Justice Partner Forum, IDLO will host a launch event to encourage dialogue on the engagement between formal and customary and informal justice systems. Justice leaders from Kenya and Kyrgyzstan will share their national experiences and insights on ongoing reforms, complementing formal courts and curbing practices breaching human rights while contributing to political stabilization efforts.   Ms. Zamira Mamakeeva, Chairwoman of the Association of Aksakal Courts and Member of the Aksakal Court in Bishkek Prof. Justice Joel Ngugi, Judge of the High Court and Chairperson of the Alternative Justice Systems Task-Force To better understand the complexities of informal justice mechanisms, IDLO is launching two Briefs: Policy / Issue Brief,presenting findings and policy recommendations for engaging with customary and informal justice systems, and providing information on features and challenges related to engagement Practitioner Brief, offering a set of concrete tools, recommendations and good practices to support engagement with customary and informal justice systems Customary and informal justice systems are an integral pathway to justice, indispensable to the realization of access to justice for all as reflected in Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16. While precise data is difficult to discern, recurring estimates suggest 80 to 90 per cent of legal disputes in developing, fragile and post-conflict states are resolved using customary and informal justice systems. Users of these systems are disproportionately women and vulnerable groups - the poor and remote, marginalized, and minority populations.
11 Dec 2018
Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
Strengthening Knowledge Absorption: Identified Pathways and Obstacles
On the 11 December 2018, the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law will host a workshop on the theme Strengthening Knowledge Absorption: Identified Pathways and Obstacles. Scope While both practitioners/researchers and policy-makers strive to improve the delivery of programmes and the effectiveness of policy, they are operating on different “sides” of the evidence system. On the supply-side, practitioners and researchers generate knowledge, and on the demand-side, policy-makers use evidence. Unfortunately, supply-side and demand-side actors often work without a full understanding of the context in which the other operates. There is often a lack of awareness of the technical nature of research and programming work, on the one hand, and the complexities of policy development and implementation on the other hand. This can often lead to misunderstandings and loopholes.  Elaborated strategies to communicate knowledge (on one side), and to increase knowledge uptake capacities (on the other side) are crucial for knowledge absorption. This includes generally purposeful and adaptable approaches covering a set of complementary and interrelated actions, at various levels (context analysis, stakeholder engagement strategy, innovative communication and capacity building…). Key Questions Through this workshop, participants will explore conditions for an effective knowledge absorption. Participants will discuss major factors shaping evidence uptake on the two sides of the system(practitioners/researchers and policy-makers). We will reflect on the following questions: How well supply-and-demand factors interact in SRoL policy-making? And who needs to do what to ensure that we make the most of knowledge? Do policy-makers demand evidence? How well is knowledge communicated to policy makers? How well connected are policy makers and practitioners/researchers What innovative frameworks and knowledge translation processes have been tested and found to be useful in SRoL field  within fragile settings? What methods for evaluating the impact of knowledge on internal decision making and external policy making provide the most useful information for improving learning as well as knowledge uptake Background The overarching objective of the KPSRL is to contribute to improving policy making and program implementation in the field of Security and Rule of Law. Knowledge generation and knowledge brokering are at the heart of the KPSRL Secretariat’s work to attain this objective. By investing in research into and debate and engagement about new and emerging insights and issues, lessons learned, and best practices, the aim is to foster the uptake of knowledge in the work of policy makers and practitioner organizations, which in turn is expected to enhance its quality and impact. The Secretariat has gathered significant experience in brokering and fostering the generation of knowledge in the past years. Reflecting on this work and in seeking to continuously improve it, however, a series of conceptual and practical questions regarding the uptake of knowledge in the security and rule of law field has been identified, which the Secretariat would like to explore further with intensive participation of network stakeholders. With this aim in mind, the KPSRL has initiated since July 2018, the learning and knowledge uptake in practice workshop series. The workshop series aims to unpack learning and knowledge uptake practices as well as dynamics of KPSRL’s community members, and to develop strategic approaches for: a better use of knowledge and research produced within the community the development of a common understanding of pathways to using that knowledge and research for policy and program improvement Outcomes of the series will feed into a scoping study in progress, which builds on initial activities conducted by the Secretariat to better understand the organizational and network learning dynamics of KPSRL members and ways for the KPSRL to foster these. A first scoping study has been carried out in 2017 and it provided the basis for the development of KPSRL Theory of Change. The results of this second study are meant to enable the Secretariat to improve its Theory of Change and thus to enhance the KPSRL’s ability to achieve its overarching objective. At the same time, the exercise will allow KSPRL’s secretariat to take stock of the extent to which knowledge is currently being incorporated in practice and policy-making within the network and to assess how it could play a better role in supporting these processes. Two workshops during which, researchers and practitioners unpacked the fundamental concepts related to learning as well as evidence-based policy making, and scrutinized their own (formal and informal) organizational learning approaches and dynamics, were held in July and September 2018. The KPSRL is pleased to invite you to the 3rd workshop of the series which will take place on the 11th   of December 2018 at Zeestraat 100 (2nd Floor),The Hague. More information on the thematic scope of this 3rd workshop can be found above, along with other practical details. Participation: Registration is required. To register or for any enquiries, please contact Messina Laurette MANIRAKIZA at m.manirakiza@kpsrl.org. Regular updates on the workshop series programme will be found on the KPSRL’s website. We warmly invite practitioners, researchers as well as policymakers from security and rule of law field to join us in discussing why "uptake" matters and how to foster it. a better use of knowledge and research produced within the community the development of a common understanding of pathways to using that knowledge and research for policy and program improvement How is information generated(at various levels of the organization)? Is that information distilled and transformed into knowledge? If yes, how? Is that available knowledge used to develop procedures, policies, and particular approaches to work? If yes how? Is that knowledge generation a conscious or unconscious exercise? Or both? Are the necessary conditions, systems, processes and incentives in place to ensure the uptake of knowledge?(internal as well as external uptake)
30 Nov 2018
NCSR Amsterdam
Second matchmaking meeting NWA Route Between Conflict and Cooperation
On 30 November NWA will host a second matchmaking meeting for the NWA Route Between Conflict and Cooperation. The NWA is the Dutch National Research Agenda through which calls for proposals for research with societal relevance are issued. The aim of the matchmaking meeting is to provide an opportunity for researchers and societal partners to present their research ideas, as well as to explore potential partnerships. The NWA Route Between Conflict and Cooperation has a broad focus, including a number of pillars (cybersecurity; fragile states & the rule of law; ELS). If you are interested in participating, please register by sending an email to Conflict­_en_Cooperatie@nwo.nl. You are kindly requested to include in the email key words for your field of interest. You are invited to present a pitch (maximum 2 minutes) on your research idea that fits the NWA. If you are interested in pitching, please include in your registration email the name of the pitch. You will be sent instructions for pitching. The matchmaking meeting will be held at 30 November, 14:30 – 16:30hrs, followed by drinks, at NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement) in Amsterdam.