14 Feb

Thinking and Working Politically: Learning from the mid-term reviews of DSH’s strategic partnerships

Organized by:Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law

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.


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.


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

  1. 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?
  2. 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.

Zeestraat 100 (2nd Floor), The Hague