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15 Sep 2021
KPSRL
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A meta-analysis of the Dialogue and Dissent Strategic Partnerships Sense-making workshop
Background From 2016-2020, the Department for Stabilization and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed five Dialogue and Dissent Strategic Partnerships, for lobbying and advocacy purposes, together with CARE Nederland, CORDAID, GPPAC, NIMD and PAX. All programs have been evaluated, which led to interesting insights on what the programs delivered, how the partnership worked, and what the challenges have been. A meta-analysis exercise focusing on some relevant findings and conclusions of the evaluations is currently being conducted to find out whether some common lessons can be learned across the programs. The exercise also aims to determine how such lessons can also be used for the new partnerships of DSH under Power of Voices, possible new (SRoL) policies, the Theory of Change and finally for portfolio management. The meta-analysis aims to be a joint exercise of Dialogue and Dissent partner organizations and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the technical facilitation of the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law. Building from the results of the meta-analysis exercise, a sense-making workshop to discuss key findings will be held on September 15th, 2021. Participants will dive deep into the meta-analysis findings and discuss recommendations and the uptake process for future programming and policy-making. Please click here to download the full concept note. Guiding Questions How was learning embedded in the programs (TOC development, learning agenda development, learning agenda implementation)? How and to what extent did this lead to (good practices of) adaptive programming in fragile contexts? What were the challenges and what contribution did adaptive programming have on better results? How did the (strategic nature of the) partnership concept work, with specific attention to the role that MFA HQs and the embassies played?; including on how an enabling environment was created for learning and adaptation. Registration In case of questions, please send an email to Giorgio Ferrari at G.Ferrari@kpsrl.org or Messina Laurette MANIRAKIZA at M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org.
02 Sep 2021
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Webinar: Time to Decolonise Aid
Background This webinar will give participants the opportunity to delve into the main findings and recommendations from Peace Direct's recent report 'Time to Decolonise Aid' which examines structural racism in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. The report presents the highlights and insights of a 3 day global consultation which involved almost 160 practitioners, academics and activists from around the world. Speakers Dylan Mathews is the CEO of Peace Direct. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a US-based peacebuilding network with over 120 member organisations worldwide. Shannon Paige is Policy Associate at Peace Direct. Shannon is the lead author of the 'Time to Decolonise Aid' report and leads on Peace Direct's decolonising research and advocacy. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by clicking the button below. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Messina Laurette Manirakiza at m.manirakiza@kpsrl.org or Melissa Krassenstein at m.krassenstein@kpsrl.org
24 Jun 2021
KPSRL
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ARC Learning Event on VSLAs in Nexus Programming
Background The Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Programme in South Sudan seeks to build the resilience of nineteen communities (payams) of diverse and sometimes conflictive ethnic groups in four counties across Jonglei state to endure economic- or conflict-induced shocks through peacebuilding and economic development work. The three programme outcomes—Economic Resilience, Peaceful Conflict Resolution, and Social Cohesion—are mutually reinforcing and together contribute to more resilience and a culture of peace. This programme combines humanitarian programming with development and peacebuilding and is therefore an example of a ‘triple nexus’  programme. Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs)  have been introduced in the programme in order to assist women and men to save and invest money in launching (small) economic enterprises. The MTR findings of the ARC programme indicate that access to loans and training of VSLA groups is empowering women and youth in the targeted communities to engage in Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and micro-enterprises, thereby broadening their livelihood and resilience options and creating market linkages with traders across different ethnic communities. To learn more about how VSLAs supported by ARC in South Sudan have been contributing to the programme’s social cohesion outcome, and how they have been adapting to the changing context (due to pandemic, floods and conflict), CARE Nederland has commissioned a study centred around the following main research question: ‘How does men and women’s participation in VSLAs in fragile and conflict affected settings   (FCAS) affect social cohesion in the community?’ This research will be finalized in June 2021 and will culminate in a learning brief. The Event Together with KPSRL, CARE Nederland wants to organize a learning session to share the main findings of the research and to facilitate discussion related to the potential of economic programming (esp. savings groups) for social cohesion in FCAS. If there are sufficient findings from the study we will also explain how resilient the VSLAs have proven in case of the pandemic, floods and conflict. Questions that will be addressed in the session are: 1. What are the enabling factors/characteristics of VSLAs in FCAS that impact social cohesion both within communities and with other, surrounding communities of different ethnic background? 2. How do VSLAs and the emerging income-generating activities and micro-businesses enable women to build bridges with other communities/ethnicities? 3. How does the involvement of young men in VSLA groups (in cattle camps) affect their attitudes and behavior with regards to social cohesion - in and between - communities? Speakers Katie Whipkey, Research Consultant Sarah Ward, Post-conflict/Post-disaster Market Systems Specialist CARE South Sudan Speaker TBA Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by clicking the button below. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Messina Manirakiza at m.manirakiza@kpsrl.org or Berlinda Nolles at nolles@carenederland.org    Please click here for all answers to the Q&A that took place in the chat during the event.
21 Jun 2021
KPSRL
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(Closed Roundtable): Draft findings of Inclusive Governance desk research
On Monday, June 21st, the results of desk study on inclusive governance will be presented internally to Dutch policy makers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this meeting. a first draft of the desk study - performed by the European Centre for Development Policy Management – will be presented and its initial recommendations will be discussed. These discussions will feed into a finalized version with recommendations on how The Netherlands can more effectively position itself into the international debate on Inclusive Governance. Once finished, a public version will be available on the KPSRL website.
17 Jun 2021
KPSRL
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Exploring the Intersections of Climate Change, Access to Justice and Rule of Law
Background Climate change is an obstacle to achieving the 2030 Agenda, recognized as having adverse effects on the most excluded constituencies, including women and youth, in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognizes the cross-cutting nature of the climate crisis by integrating it across policy and programming, notably including the intersection between climate change, access to justice, and rule of law reflected in the Access to Justice Strategy. This is an area of emerging and promising research and practice, but the range of evidence-based interventions at the climate-justice nexus remains limited. This event aims to build on recent relevant analysis, and the broader relevant literature on intersections such as climate-conflict, to explore how the effects of climate change intersect with perceived injustices that might lead to conflict, related to access to resources like land and water or spaces for safe settlement, and how efforts to expand access to justice and rule of law might mitigate those effects. It will seek to illuminate what policymakers and practitioners in the justice sector can do to respond to the multi-dimensional threat of climate change, including broader opportunities to promote legal empowerment, trust-building and inclusive governance through access to justice and rule of law. Objectives 1. Spotlight insights and knowledge gaps from research and practice 2. Share experiences from evolving practices of promoting access to justice and the rule of law, and how these deal with the impacts of climate change, especially for excluded constituencies 3. Discuss opportunities for a longer-term joint learning agenda Agenda & Speakers Please click here to download the final agenda featuring all speakers. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by clicking the button below. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Christian Kuitert at c.kuitert@kpsrl.org or Michael Warren at m.warren@idlo.int.
10 Jun 2021
KPSRL
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Webinar: The Virus and Violence
Background Well into the second year of the deadliest pandemic in a century, a growing number of studies have sought to unpack the link between COVID-19 and conflict. However, those studies tend to either rely on anecdotal evidence, or they systematically focus on one outcome only: violence. Yet, we know that the effects of exogenous shocks like a pandemic on conflict can take time to develop and may not be reflected in immediate surges in violence. At least some of the causal mechanisms between COVID-19 and violent conflict, if they exist at all, are most likely indirect. Factors such as socio-economic marginalization, diminished state capacity, and an erosion of social cohesion potentially serve as key mediating factors that develop gradually or initially operate latently. In other words, we must consider the potential impact of the pandemic on conflict drivers and processes, not just outcomes such as violence. To account for the possible effects of COVID-19 on overall conflict dynamics, Mercy Corps has led research using a systems-level approach in three conflict-affected countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, and Nigeria. A more holistic assessment of the pandemic’s impact thus far will help to not only anticipate changes in conflict dynamics and identify leverage points for humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding interventions, but also flag vulnerabilities for further disease spread and the factors that help and hinder public health responses, including vaccination campaigns. In an online webinar hosted by the Knowledge Platform for Security and Rule of Law, two of Mercy Corps researchers who led this study will present its findings, as well as discuss its implications for future policy and programming. Speakers Gabrielle Aron, Research Project Lead, Mercy Corps Sheilla Uzor Onasanya, Strategic Learning Manager, Mercy Corps Nigeria Frank Huisingh, Stabilization & Humanitarian Aid, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by clicking the button below. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Messina Laurette Manirakiza at m.manirakiza@kpsrl.org or Sarah Casteran at scasteran@mercycorps.org.
01 Apr 2021
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Using the Political Accommodation Methodology to Address Root Causes of Conflict: A Lessons Learned Webinar
Background Conflict Dynamics International (“Conflict Dynamics”) was established in 2004 and opened its East Africa Branch Office in Nairobi in 2014 conflict Dynamics’ initiatives are organized into two intersecting program areas to develop and implement innovative strategies for conflict prevention and resolution, and for humanitarian policy relevant to conflicts and other crises. These program areas are:  Humanitarian Action and Peace Action. Objectives The objective of the session are to: Share lessons learned on the PA methodology Inform the unique features, advantages, and limitations of the PA methodology Make recommendations for the future use of the methodology in peacebuilding, focusing on addressing exclusion. Session format An hour and half webinar open to ARC Program grantees and other practitioners, researchers and policy makers working to address root causes of conflict. The webinar will be followed by a recorded podcast available for future use by the partners, donors and the wider peace practitioners. Outcomes/ Deliverables Partners obtain an understanding of the lessons on the PA methodology CDI was able to learn on what works and what doesn’t. Partners share their insights on the potential of the methodology drawing on their own experiences. Partners understand the unique aspects and contribution of the PA methodology. A lessons-learned podcast for future accessibility and use by the donors, practitioners and other interested parties is produced. Speakers Gerard Mc Hugh: President Mai Tarig Amir: Sudan Program Director Roger Middleton: Somalia Program Director Moderated by KPSRL For the full concept note, please click here.
23 Feb 2021
KPSRL
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Accessing Justice: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Somalia
The International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Cordaid and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) are organizing an Implementer Dialogue on “Accessing Justice: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Somalia.” The Dialogue will convene practitioners in the fields of rule of law and access to justice to discuss findings from IDLO’s latest research on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centers in Somalia, while also providing an opportunity for exchange of lessons learned and good practices on strengthening linkages between formal and customary and informal (CIJ) justice mechanisms in diverse contexts. To ensure access to justice for all and support the development of peaceful and inclusive societies and effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, justice systems must innovate and meet people’s everyday justice needs.  The Implementer Dialogue will convene practitioners in the fields of rule of law and access to justice to discuss findings from IDLO’s latest report on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centers in Somalia, while also providing an opportunity for exchange of lessons learned and good practices on strengthening linkages between formal and customary and informal (CIJ) justice mechanisms in diverse contexts. Attached is the invitation letter and concept note. The dialogue forms part of a series of engagement with implementing partners working to improve access to justice and enhance performance of justice sector institutions in their respective geographic areas of focus in order to develop high-impact and high-quality programming . Previous dialogues in this series have proven to foster positive exchanges on lessons generated from programs and created opportunities for joint initiatives and partnerships. We look forward to welcoming you. For any questions, please email Zainab Malik (Program Development Specialist, IDLO) (zmalik@idlo.int)  
18 Feb 2021
KPSRL
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M&E Thursday Talk – Creating Connections in the Time of COVID-19
Covid-19 has demonstrated the importance of connection in our daily lives. Connection to one another, to our peers, to resources, to partner organizations, and to others working to address similar problems. That is why we have launched ConnexUs. ConnexUs is a global networking & coordination platform for NGOs, practitioners, academics, and activists working in conflict-affected settings. Peacebuilding organizations, and NGOs more broadly, have played a key role in the delivery of critical services in response to Covid-19. However, our response to the pandemic demonstrated that in the face of an interconnected problem, we had a disconnected response. ConnexUs was designed to address this connection challenge, and provide a structure/network for organisations and practitioners to engage with partners at the local, national, and international level. Join this webinar to discuss the connection and coordination challenges that were emphasized by Covid-19, and how you and your organization can become a part of the ConnexUs community.
04 Feb 2021
KPSRL
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“A Savage Order” with Rachel Kleinfeld
Background What do you do when the foxes are guarding the henhouse? In the field of Security & Rule of Law much is known, assumed and discussed about interventions and programs that have been shown to improve justice or reduce violence and increase security. But, what can be done when violence has become part-and-parcel of a state’s political system? And how does a democratic state become increasingly complicit in violence? What can be done to bring societies back from the brink of entrenched violence?  These are some of the questions that Rachel Kleinfeld, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, set out to explore when writing her book “Savage Order: How the world’s deadliest countries can forge a path to security”.  In this book, Dr Kleinfeld reminds us that, while the language of “failed” or “fragile” states can provoke despair, there are important examples of societies that have emerged from entrenched violence, becoming stable democracies once again – and sometimes at a surprisingly rapid pace. What lessons can be learned from looking at settings where politically-enabled violence (referred to as “privilege violence” in the book) was eventually de-escalated and societies were able to build back social trust?      The Knowledge Platform is honored to have a discussion with Dr Kleinfeld about her work, and to dig into what her findings might mean for how SRoL policy and practice can be improved, better attuned to realities on the ground. We look forward to discussing how ‘privilege violence’ comes about, how it can be recognized, and how it can be unraveled. The event also provides our community with an opportunity to critically discuss the assumptions underlying inclusive governance policies, civil society strengthening programs, and recent focus on ‘local resilience’ as pathways to stability.  Speaker Dr Rachel Kleinfeld, is a Senior Fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CIEP). At CEIP she focuses on issues of rule of law, security, and governance in post-conflict, fragile states, and states in transition. She was the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, where she spent close to a decade leading a movement of national security, political, and military leaders working to promote people and policies that strengthen security, stability, rights and human dignity in the world.   Objectives Gain a deeper understanding of how violence may be condoned and enabled by political actors and entrenched in democratic societies  Reflect on what can be learned from countries that have emerged from these  patterns of entrenched, state-complicit violence  Discuss how current trends in SRoL thinking could be critiqued in light of these findings, and what such critique could offer for improving SRoL policy and programming.  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 Jan 2021
KPSRL
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Security and Rule of Law and Building Back Better: Why localization matters in promoting inclusive and sustainable development in a post-COVID world
Background COVID-19 compounds broader challenges of conflict, poverty, inequality, food security and stability, and deeply undermines development efforts. This is particularly true for fragile and conflict affected settings, and this is why any attempt to respond to the pandemic must go well beyond the sole emergency/humanitarian framework. Ensuring that the response provided is contextualized (and values/strengthens the local capacity), comprehensive and multidimensional is key. The Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) nexus provides an interesting framework within which to unpack localization. Using the HDP nexus lens, the online discussion will unpack the localization agenda by discussing its key principles and how it can promote inclusive and sustainable recovery. Looking especially at fragile and (post) conflict settings where security and rule of law (SRL) remains a crucial sector and where nexus approaches for food security and stability are applied in resilience, livelihoods and markets programming. By discussing the importance of localization and understanding the different examples and evidences in practice, SRL as well as humanitarian, development partners and other stakeholders, including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be equipped with program and policy recommendations that enable effective use of COVID-19 and development related funding in the future. Based on concrete approaches tested by practitioners, the interactive discussion aims to: discuss the localization agenda by understanding what it implies in practice, why it matters (while trying to build forward together), how to define the local (legitimate voices) and how to value and strengthen the local resilience; identify emerging operational challenges of its implementation; and identify specific recommendations for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, multilateral institutions and civil society actors. To this end, the workshop will bring together key staff of the Dutch MFA, implementing partners from the Department of Stability and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) as well as researchers working on both SRL and humanitarian issues. Agenda 14:00  Welcome & introduction, KPSRL 14:05  Setting the scene: Why does localization matter for building back better, and what is the role of civil society? CARE Nederland 14:15  Story telling panel discussion: Panelists will reflect on their own experiences and will share best practices supporting localization for inclusive and sustainable recovery in fragile and conflict affected settings 14:55  Plenary Q&A, moderated by KPSRL 15:30  Wrap up & closing, KPSRL Panelists The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) - José Jódar Vidal, Senior Technical Officer Presenting main findings and priority actions about Cash and Vouchers Assistance and localization highlighted in the State of the World Cash Report (SOWC) 2020. NORCAP - Katja Jose, Lake Chad Programme Manager & Marga Ledo, Expert, Cash Response Team/CashCap Sharing NORCAP’s approach, experience, lessons learned, challenges and “building back better” opportunities related to localization, reflecting in particular on NORCAP’s two flagship programmes – Lake Chad Basin programme and CashCap. Mercy Corps - Danielle Jolicoeur, Regional Resilience Director for Africa: Sharing approaches and experiences from the DRC and Somalia. Department of Stability and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) representative, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reflecting on experiences shared by panelists. Click here for the full concept note. Image credits: Community Development Council Meething. Zaragaran Village. Mazar-e-Sharif. Citizen’s Charter Afghanistan Project. 4-6-2017. Photo: Rumi Consultancy/World Bank
12 Jan 2021
KPSRL
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Informing SRoL Policies in a 'News-Freak' Era: The experience of research organizations
Background The COVID-19 pandemic has recalled the importance of producing and bringing compelling knowledge to the policymaking process. Both policymakers and State’s agencies need knowledge to frame, assess, anticipate decide or implement policies. But neither of these two are necessarily tasked, staffed or trained to produce such knowledge, thereby relying at varying degrees on non-State organizations such as research centers, think-tanks and NGOs. While economic and development policies have long been explored by these non-State knowledge providers, 21st century developments towards global governance have opened a ‘knowledge race’ to the State’s traditional strongholds such as security, rule-of-law and defence. Over the last years, the delicate task of building knowledge on these sovereign issues has been further complicated by the outburst of ‘alternative’ or fake news which saturated the information market and blurred the lines between opinions and facts. Thus, this webinar explores how research organizations can inform sensitive SRoL and defence policies. Objectives Explore the steps to build knowledge and present it to policymakers, based on GRIP experience. Discuss how to build confidence with policymakers when sharing knowledge on SRoL matters. Explore the tools to ‘look beyond’ policymakers and support social acceptance of SRoL policies. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing info@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.
07 Jan 2021
KPSRL
Virtually Accessible
Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Mid-Term Review: Lessons Learned
For the past decade, addressing root causes of conflict and irregular migration through “bottom up” civil society engagement in fragile states has been a priority for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The Addressing Root Causes, or “ARC” fund (2016-2021) is the latest centrally-managed tender program that the MFA’s department for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) has launched to this effect. The ARC program is implemented by 21 consortia comprised of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local civil society organizations (CSOs)  in 12 fragile and conflict-affected countries, namely Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. In these countries, ARC-funded projects contribute to 1) Human Security; 2) Rule of Law; 3) Peace processes and Political Governance; and 4) Social and Economic Reconstruction. In 2020, a Mid-Term Review (MTR) focusing on the extent to which the ARC program is on the right track to achieve its intended objectives, has been conducted. The ARC MTR session will discuss key findings and recommendations of the review, and will highlight best practices, challenges, and lessons learned during ARC implementation. Objectives The aim of the session is to: Exchange on key findings and recommendations of the review (from diverse relevant perspectives: donor, implementing actors including local partners, embassies…) Highlight lessons learned, challenges encountered, and possible solutions when developing and implementing approaches for centrally managed programs such as ARC (in order to inform future programming) Discuss the ARC learning agenda (structure, resources, process..) Speakers Rens Twijnstra & Marije Balt, Ecorys Expert panel: George Monsanto, Dutch MFA – ARC Rens Willems, Dutch MFA – IOB Madeline Church, Saferworld Messina Laurette Manirakiza, KPSRL Registration Please note that this is a closed door event. If you are interested in learning more, you may contact the Dutch MFA (Erin Kuipers: erin.kuipers@minbuza.nl) or KPSRL Secretariat (Messina Laurette MANIRAKIZA: M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org)  
18 Nov 2020
KPSRL
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Peace, justice and inclusion at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery
Achieving the SDG targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+) targets was always going to be a colossal challenge. Even before COVID-19, more than half a million people died from violence every year; half of the world’s children and at least a third of women were victims of violence, and more than five billion people lacked access to justice. The pandemic is exacerbating these trends and is tearing apart the fabric of our countries’ economic, social, and political foundations. It has taken mere months to obliterate decades of development efforts. The most profound socio-economic shock witnessed since WWII is fueling rising inequality, exacerbating grievances, and increasing the risk of violence and exploitation. The Pathfinders and other member states and partners in the global community stand united in parallel calls to action (Pathfinders' Member States' statement and Act Now for SDG16+). These statements outline the solutions we urgently need to assist countries in their recovery and avoid further global polarization, tensions, violence and breakdown. Together they stress the urgency to ensure that SDG16+ resides at the heart of global recovery. We must look forward and address the most pressing priorities in areas of justice, inequality, exclusion and violence reduction. This is a requirement for achieving the UN Common Agenda and all other SDGs. Costa Rica and the Netherlands will host a virtual dialogue on 18 November 2020, bringing together SDG16+ leaders to discuss the way forward and how to turn resolve into action. Objectives This high-level event will: • Amplify the call for peace, inclusion and justice to serve as the engine of response and recovery efforts through strong and sustained political leadership. • Promote a conversation on the links between the UN Common Agenda, SDG16+ and the rest of the 2030 Agenda. • Identify policy, programming, and financial actions with the greatest potential for transformation. • Strengthen the global mobilization for SDG16+ by shining a spotlight with new partnerships, initiatives, and actions. The event will be co-sponsored by Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive societies hosted by the NYU Center for International Cooperation, in collaboration with Costa Rica and the Netherlands.
12 Nov 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Gender-Sensitive Conflict Analysis: Impact & Lessons from Yemen & Nigeria
Background The KPSRL community is invited to join a virtual panel discussion co-hosted by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld on their new Facilitation guide: gender-sensitive conflict analysis to mark the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. This webinar will launch the new guide and provide clear examples of why this approach is critical for effective and strategic policy and programming. This event is co-hosted by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld who have led international practice on gender-sensitive conflict analysis through developing and applying tools to ensure that peacebuilding practice is at minimum gender sensitive, moving towards gender-responsive and gender-transformative – where their work addresses the underlying structural causes and factors of gender inequality. Speakers Joelle Jenny, Director, Joint Funds Unit, Cabinet Secretariat, UK Government Hesta Groenewald, independent consultant (guide co-author) Stefania Minervino, Policy Officer, European Commission (DG DEVCO) Awfa Al Naami, Yemen Country Manager, Saferworld Janet Adama Mohammed, Programme Director for West Africa, Conciliation Resources Dr Sophia Close, Senior Adviser Gender and Peacebuilding, Conciliation Resources (moderator and guide co-author) Diana Trimiño Mora, Head of Programme Support and Senior Gender Adviser, Saferworld (moderator and guide co-author) Concept Note Please click here to access further details about this event. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by clicking the button below.
10 Nov 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Webinar: Adaptive Community Security Programming
Background The trust and relationships some peacebuilding (I)NGOs have built as a result of their long-term work on community policing and community security has meant that they and their partners have been in a position to fill some of the gaps and develop initiatives to address the needs created by COVID-19, while continuing their work. Pandemics are unpredictable but inevitable and experience has shown how important it is to invest in long-term peacebuilding, community security and safeguard the space for this work in order to ensure better responses when needed. This webinar will build on previous sessions under KPSRL’s COVID-19 response series and give participants insight into two diverse contexts. Saferworld colleagues from Tajikistan and South Sudan will discuss how they and their partners have adapted their community policing and community security programming in the context of COVID-19. They will talk about how they have been able to pivot and respond to COVID-19 and secondary conflict impacts due to long standing and trusted relationships with partners and will outline the role and additional agency partners have taken on during the pandemic.  Speakers Charlotte Watson, Saferworld Conflict and Security Adviser Khirad Kargasov, Saferworld Tajikistan Country Manager Mauro Tadiwe, Saferworld South Sudan Country Manager Q&A Moderated by Christian Kuitert, Knowledge Broker, KPSRL Please click here to read the full bios of each speaker. Objectives 1. Explore the impact of COVID-19 on Saferworld and its partners conducting community policing and community security work in Tajikistan and South Sudan 2. Explore how the pandemic has created a situation in which local offices and partners are more often and more robustly leading initiatives 3. Discuss what this means for community security and peacebuilding programs in the present and future Concept Note Please click here to download the full concept note. Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing info@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.  
15 Oct 2020
KPSRL
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Annual Conference 2020: Harnessing Potential
News We have just released our program! Download the timetables for the two day-conference here! Scroll through program more in-depth to learn more about sessions and speakers here!   About the Conference This year, the Annual Conference is a two-day online event that will bring together our vibrant community for a thought-provoking discussion. As in previous years, the Annual Conference brings together representatives from national and international governments and policy organs, think-thanks, journalists, INGO practitioners, activists, diplomats, and field researchers from around the globe. These diverse actors assemble with a singular aim: to present their latest projects and freshest ideas, and engage their peers to learn and improve security and justice policy and programs. This year's theme is Harnessing Potential. The KPSRL Secretariat has come to recognize the value of mobilizing around promising ideas, new approaches, and catalytic innovations. Particularly in times when adversity appears to be mounting from every direction, it is essential to seize upon the creativity and ingenuity that difficult circumstances demand (and even inspire). With this in mind, the 2020 Annual Conference will channel our community’s collective energy to focus on those small, emergent possibilities that hold the prospect for large, sweeping changes.   Click here to download the full concept note.   Location (online!) In light of COVID-19 and the implications that the pandemic has had on global health as well as (inter)national travel restrictions, the KPSRL Secretariat is hosting KPAC2020 entirely online this year. Our new virtual venue will allow everyone to navigate the program through one user-friendly interface via your web browser. The virtual venue has functions that recreate the spontaneous networking opportunities of an ‘in-person’ conference. You will be able to see who else is attending, invite direct connections, and even schedule spontaneous video meetings with other attendees. Suffice to say, it’s going to be a new kind of online-conference, and we’re excited to chart this new frontier with you, our SRoL community.  To access the Quick Guide for our virtual venue, please click here. To read the comprehensive User Guide for our virtual venue, please click here. To watch the Video Tutorial, please click here. Please click here for our Keynote Speaker & Featured Guests announcement. Please click here to scroll through our KPAC20 Program.   Check out our welcome tutorial video of the virtual venue below!   Check out the video from last year below!      
13 Oct 2020
KPSRL
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Religion and the 'Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda'
What potential does religion have to advance the WPS Agenda? How can we bridge religious actors and WPS stakeholders to create unexpected alliances? How can we focus on the opportunities that engaging religion offers to localizing the WPS agenda, while acknowledging its limitations? These questions form the core of the event “Religion and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”, organized by Cordaid and supported by the Knowledge Management Fund.   Event description Please note: There have been some recent changes to this event due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands. Please read the most updated announcements from the organizers here. 2020 marks a significant year for the WPS Agenda and community. The momentum of the 20th anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325 encourages thinking about promising ideas to enhance and improve the Agenda. One such idea: harnessing religion in furtherance of WPS. For the majority of the world’s population, religion shapes their everyday life. How might we build on the centrality of religion to people’s lives to achieve implementation of the WPS Agenda? This event brings together experts holding a multitude of perspectives to further explore the relationship between WPS and religion. October 1st will also serve as the kick-off to create a Community of Practice that will aim to share and facilitate knowledge exchange and explore ways to integrate the nexus between religion and the WPS agenda into our daily work.   The program has been adjusted to be more suitable for an online setting, by pre-recording the expert sessions and facilitating online exchange sessions. The pre-recorded expert sessions, consisting of the face to face discussion, panel discussion and the keynote will be released online on the mornings of the 6th, 7th and 8th of October. The videos will be posted in the LinkedIn group and sent the emails of registered participants. The expert sessions form the basis and provide food for thought for online exchange sessions that will take place on the 13th and the 14th of October. You can pick one of these moments to attend, since the set up will be the same. These will consist out of group discussions on the role of religion in the WPS agenda and will serve as the kick-off for the Community of Practice. Date & Location Date: October 13-14, 2020 Program: 10:00 – 17:00 (including lunch and drinks afterwards) Location: Online event If you would like further detail or have queries relating to the event, please contact Anne Kwakkenbos at: Anne.Kwakkenbos@cordaid.org.  
30 Sep 2020
KPSRL
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Webinar: Sustainable, Inclusive and Gender-Sensitive Community Structures in Somalia
Background Somali women in Somalia are agents of change in cross-clan dynamics and play a significant, yet unrecognised, role in both conflict and peace, at times driving violent responses in support of clan interests. They often have multiple clan identities; while women themselves are not a homogenous group and are often themselves be divided by clan, this may also allow them to negotiate solutions or navigate avenues towards peaceful resolution of conflict that may not be available to men. There is evidence that when involved in clan processes, women have acted as intermediaries between opposing clans. Their formal role, however, is often transactional and tokenistic and, while the legitimacy and effectiveness of traditional, clan-based security and dispute resolution mechanisms is to some extent waning, the gendered norms through which they function have remained embedded in Somali society. Women have also been shown to reinforce notions of masculinity associated with violence and revenge.  Through this webinar, Saferworld and KPSRL aim to share lessons on how communities in securitized environment can implement and utilize existing capacities to respond to  different security needs like SGBV management and conflict prevention in a gender and conflict sensitive manner. The webinar is part of Addressing Root Causes (ARC) learning online series aiming to sstrengthen relationships among   the   ARC   grantees   and   create connections and linkages across of the ARC projects, engage with pertinent issues of collaborative learning and explore  pathways  to strengthen  collaborative  and  creative  action  in learning  for  a  better  knowledge  uptake  in  programming  and  policy. Key questions to be addressed Programme design/implementation & impact: To what extent are CAFs able to work on addressing root causes? How do we improve efficiency of the programme? What does sustainability look like for this work? Speakers Maryam Abdi, Saferworld's ARC Programme Manager in Somalia Amina Arale Somali Women Development Centre Advocacy Lead Q&A moderated by the KPSRL Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing Messina Manirakiza at M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.   Download full concept note here.  
23 Sep 2020
KPSRL
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ARC Webinar: Real Time Evaluation for Learning
Background The ARC Burundi - Nyubahiriza project is in its final year (2020). It is a challenging year with focused learning, a final evaluation and closure/sustainability considerations intersecting with elections. The prevailing political and security context makes reliable data collection extremely difficult and complicated. Both the baseline and mid-term evaluation acknowledged weak credibility of data, mainly as a result of bias and self-censorship. With this in mind, Oxfam Novib has undertaken a proactive approach to end line MEL by conducting a real time evaluation (RTE) in early 2020. Through this webinar, Oxfam Novib aims to share key lessons on real-time evaluation (RTE) conducted as part of its ARC program in Burundi. The webinar will outline why an RTE is a useful tool while implementing programs in volatile settings and practical steps and tips to take into consideration in the process.   The webinar is part of Addressing Root Causes (ARC) learning online series aiming to strengthen relationships among   ARC   grantees   and  create connections and linkages across ARC projects and beyond, engage with pertinent issues of learning and explore pathways for collaborative  and  creative  action  in learning  for  a  better  knowledge  uptake  in  programming  and  policy. Objectives Drawing from RTE’s experience of ARC Nyubahiriza program in Burundi, the webinar will: Discuss the usefulness of conducting real-time evaluations (when to use it and how it works); Highlight the challenges that come with conducting real time evaluations; Present the real time evaluation as a tool for learning action (and how to use it to bridge the learning gap between monitoring outcomes and the final evaluation). Linking the RTE to learnings from the ARC Regional Learning Symposium  - Africa 2020 Speakers Lauren Burrows, Oxfam Novib, The Netherlands Bonaventure Nzisabira, Oxfam Burundi Q&A moderated by the KPSRL Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing Messina Manirakiza at M.Manirakiza@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below. Download full concept note here.
10 Sep 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Launch report ‘Transitional Justice In Pre-Transitional Societies’
Heal Zimbabwe will be hosting a virtual dialogue meeting on 11 September 2020 between 15:00 -17:00. The meeting is meant to disseminate research findings on "Transitional Justice in Pre-Transitional Societies: The Case of Uganda and Zimbabwe." This dialogue allows practical and intellectual conversations on the possibilities of transitional justice in societies where genuine transitions are failing. Our broader objective is to influence both civic and state policy and practices on transitional justice, healing and reconciliation processes. This proposed webinar is part of Heal Zimbabwe’s Peace and Social Cohesion Building Dialogue Series, a social lab for peacebuilding knowledge management, in-depth conflict research explorations and social cohesion building investigations. Objectives a) To discuss research findings from the study on Transitional Justice in Pre-Transitional Societies: The Case of Uganda and Zimbabwe." b) To share local and international perspectives on alternative transitional justice policies and practices for pre-transitional societies. To read the full 'Transitional Justice in Pre-Transitional Societies' report, funded by the Knowledge Management Fund, please click here.  
28 Jul 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Webinar: Working in Unconventional Partnerships
Background Over the last two years, FROLIC Studio and a human rights organization partnered together to create a bespoke camera that can be used by human rights defenders to document human rights violations around the world. This unconventional partnership brought together organisations operating in entirely different sectors; one a product design and development studio, and the other an on-the-ground human rights organization. While each had differing institutional objectives and operating practices, they were able to find common ground and the partnership’s end camera product received an honorable mention in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2020. During this session these organizations will share their experiences of the partnership; highlighting some of the challenges they faced, as well as the positive lessons they have learned and new working methods they have developed as a result. The session will encourage participants to share their own experience of collaborating in non-traditional partnerships to foster positive social impact. Objectives To discuss and highlight the challenges that come with creating unconventional partnerships.  To discuss with participants the ways in which partnerships across sectors can lead to interesting and valuable innovation. To open up discussion about participants’ own unconventional partnerships and learn from others to find potential solutions to their challenges. Speakers Catriona Hands, Senior Project Manager, FROLIC Studio Two speakers from partner human rights organization Q&A Moderated by Megan Price, Head of Office, KPSRL Registration Registration is mandatory to attend this event. Please register by e-mailing info@kpsrl.org, or by clicking the button below.
23 Jun 2020
KPSRL
Zoom
Webinar: Securitization of COVID-19 Response
Implications for Human Security in Kenya and the Horn of Africa Background Most authorities across the world have relied on security forces to enforce pandemic restrictions, with some countries over-relying on a securitized approach. This approach puts security actors in high-stress, close-contact situations with civilians for which police or military sometimes lack adequate de-escalation training. Violent enforcement or perceived unequal treatment by security forces can create deep schisms which can take a long time to repair. Since effective security engagement rests on trust between security actors and civilian populations, worsened relations can drive future insecurity. This is especially pertinent in Kenya which has one of the highest number of deaths in the world from security trying to enforce lockdowns  and where securitized responses from a decade of fighting al-Shabaab across the Horn have weakened trust between civilians and governments. In this webinar, Search for Common Ground (Search) will discuss how its peacebuilding approach enables an effective COVID-19 response by building trust between communities, community leaders, security forces and governments. Objectives Explore the impact of securitized responses to COVID-19 on local and regional dynamics in Kenya and the Horn of Africa. Explore opportunities for community security in responses to the pandemic - including civilian-led enforcement of health measures, such as municipal authorities overseeing quarantines. Discuss how to build ‘whole-of-society’ partnerships around security sector engagement in COVID-19 related measures. Speakers Judy Kimamo, Director Search for Common Ground, Horn of Africa Charline Burton, Executive Director Search for Common Ground, Europe Q&A Moderated by Megan Price, Head of Office, KPSRL Registration Registration for this event is now closed. Please e-mail info@kpsrl.org if you have any questions. You can view the recording of the webinar below.
19 Jun 2020
KPSRL
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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.