07 Jan

Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Mid-Term Review: Lessons Learned

Organized by:Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law; Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.


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..)


  • Rens Twijnstra & Marije Balt, Ecorys

Expert panel:

  • George Monsanto, Dutch MFA – ARC
  • Rens Willems, Dutch MFA – IOB
  • Madeline Church, Saferworld
  • Messina Laurette Manirakiza, KPSRL


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)


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