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23 Jan

A Critical Juncture: South Sudan's security amidst a tenuous peace deal

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

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 is mandatory to attend this event, and spaces are limited. Please register by contacting or clicking the button below.

Date & Location

The Panel will be held Thursday 23 January, in The Hague.

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30 Nov

Integration of mental health and psychosocial approaches in accountability mechanisms for atrocity crimes

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This is a closed event for invited participants only. If you want to stay informed about the progress and outcomes of this project, please email 



The role of victims and of victim-witnesses in national and international accountability mechanisms for atrocity crimes has progressively gained ground over the past two decades. This development increased the need for a better understanding of the potential psychological impact of the work of these mechanisms on survivors/victims and witnesses. It also triggered a heightened interest in how mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS)  approaches can improve witness evidence and victim well-being and, ultimately, improve justice outcomes. However, notwithstanding the increased focus on victim-centred justice, the use of MHPSS approaches and trauma-informed methodologies is still underdeveloped and only scarcely integrated in the work of most justice mechanisms.

In addition, good practices that have been developed are often scattered and not readily available mental health and justice practitioners, especially to those working in national justice mechanisms or conflict-affected settings. Generally, there is a limited exchange of know-how between mechanisms at international and at national levels. True multidisciplinary approaches are largely lacking.

However, experience with implementing good practices, mainly at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and other mechanisms, as well as emerging research clearly show that the integration of a mental health focus and the promotion of multidisciplinary approaches directly contribute to enhanced quality and impact of evidence gathering. Integrating knowledge about trauma and its impact into the engagement with victims, including during formal procedures, has been shown to be beneficial to victims and to the justice process itself.

The project, supported by the Knowledge Management Fund and the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law,  aims to fill this gap by making good practices and know-how widely available to practitioners in the justice field through guidelines and by strengthening a community of practice. The objective is that this project becomes a catalyst for further integration of mental health and psychosocial approaches in accountability mechanisms to make them truly victim and witness-centered.

This expert meeting intends to bring together legal practitioners, psychosocial experts and organizations working on accountability for atrocity crimes and/or transitional justice who were consulted for this project. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss, in an informal manner, what would be needed to fully integrate good practices in the work of the different mechanisms and organizations and what a community of practice supporting a multidisciplinary approach could look like.


An Michels is the lead researcher for this project. She is a clinical psychologist and team leader of the Psychosocial Support Team of the Victims and Witnesses Section in the International Criminal Court. She is specialised in the development of psychosocial support strategies for war-affected populations and supported, with her teams, hundreds of victims and witnesses at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and at the ICC. 

Eveline de Bruijn is a contributor to this project. She has over sixteen years of experience on justice issues, having worked in various conflict-affected settings as well as Headquarters with the UN, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Oxfam. She is currently active as an advisor for various organisations working on justice and mental health. She is in the process of becoming a licensed psychologist.

A closed expert meeting will be held to discuss further what would be needed to fully integrate MHPSS good practices in the work of the different mechanisms and organizations and how a community of practice supporting a multidisciplinary approach could look like.

The meeting will be opened and moderated by Pablo de Greiff, former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. He is currently a Commissioner on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law and a world-leading expert on transitional justice.

If you are interested and want to be kept informed about the progress and outcome of this project, please email to let us know.

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07 Dec

KPAC23 Margins | Centres: Uptake in The Hague

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In the follow-up of the Knowledge Platform Annual Conference in Nairobi (KPAC23), KPSRL is organising an event in The Hague on 7 December (12.00 – 17.30) in ‘Het Nutshuis’.

Just like in Nairobi, the theme will be ‘Margins | Centers’. The day’s goals are:

  • Uptake of recommendations and conclusions from KPAC23 in Nairobi, by translating these to the policy and INGO realities in The Hague.
  • Identifying possible points of divergence between discussions in Nairobi and The Hague and what needs to happen to bring these closer to each other. This should be fed back to Nairobi participants too.
  • Making voices heard in The Hague from those that normally can’t access KPAC – so the Nairobi region.
  • Connect partners in The Hague.
  • Providing accountability towards the Nairobi event. This to ensure it wasn’t an extractive exercise, but actually leads towards uptake.

The audience will consist of appx. 70 SRoL professionals, varying from researchers to practitioners and policy makers. A few partners from FCAS that contributed to the Nairobi event will be represented.

The full agenda can be found below, but a taste of the topics that will be discussed: inclusive SRoL support in backsliding democratic times, discussing the findings of the Unboxing Localisation trajectory, improving people-centered approaches to security provision and working in contexts of authoritarianism.

This year, we learned that bringing artwork to our events has been deeply appreciated by the KPSRL network. Integrating art into our work helps to bring human emotions and creative expression back into the policies and programmes that we're working on in the SRoL and peacebuilding sectors. Therefore, we very excited to spotlight three artists at our event, whose work will be exhibited at the venue. 
Minal Naomi
Yves Kulondwa
Nastassja Nefjodov

Nastassja Nefjodov is a visual German-Russian artist based in Amsterdam. Her work delves into the traumatic effects of war within her family, revealing the intricate connections between the past and her own life. Through sharing these narratives, she aims to break the stigma surrounding discussions about the lasting impact of war on families and personal relationships.

Minal & Yves are part of the Artists’ Safe Haven residency (Justice & Peace Netherlands):
The Artists’ Safe Haven residency is intended for worldwide artists or art practitioners who, as part of their artwork, address or promote human rights in non-violent ways, and are threatened or otherwise under pressure due to their work or activism.

The residency offers a three month stay in The Hague. A safe and inspiring space where artists can rest, restrategise, build capacities and networks and find new platforms for their work and message.

You can register below. Please mind that there is a maximum of two participants per organisation.

Please click here for the final agenda and here for the concept note.

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Het Nutshuis
Riviervismarkt 5 2513 AM Den Haag
07 Sep

Polarisation in the Eastern European Neighbourhood – Moldova Case

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Polarisation in the Eastern European Neighbourhood – Moldova Case
This event has been postponed until:

7 September, 13:00-15:00 (CEST)

13 July, 12:00 – 14:00 CEST


On Thursday, 7 Sept., 2023, the second event within the ‘Polarisation in the Eastern European Neighbourhood’ trajectory will kick off. After the country case on Georgia last month (see report here), this (online) country case session is on Moldova.


Register below if you’re interested in:

  • Unpacking polarisation in Moldova through the lens of the social contract.
  • Perspectives on this topic of two current and former Moldavian politicians.
  • Participating in a discussion with them and each other on ways forward to reduce polarisation in Moldova.
  • The role the EU and partners can play in supporting rule of law and democracy in Moldova



In established democracies, extreme ideological differences in a left to right scale between political actors is considered the definition of polarisation. However, in the Eastern European region left to right differences are generally not that pronounced and strong societal divides are based on geo-political orientation (Russia or the West) embedded in the value dimensions of social conservatism and social liberalism.


The war in Ukraine has put further pressure on these divides and increased the levels of polarisation in the region. These strong emotions and more extreme political discourse can lead to increasing isolation of various political actors from one another, making interactions more and more destructive and less conducive to democracy. This therefore enhances the possibility of political crisis and destabilisation in countries in the region and makes overcoming these divides more and more difficult. Thereby threatening both security (foreign interference, violence) and rule of law (politicisation, securitisation).


This session & broader trajectory

Amy Eaglestone (researcher at the University of Birmingham) and KPSRL have initiated this event series under the KPSRL Thematic Headline’s subtheme ‘Resilience to Polarisation’, interrogating the specific mechanisms behind polarisation in this region and discussing possible responses from the perspective of the social contract. Moldova is the second of two country cases (the first one being Georgia), after which a roundtable will follow to inform EU-level policy and programming related to support for rule of law and democracy in the Eastern European region.


Register below to join us online on Thursday, 7 September, 2023 from 13:00-15:00 (CEST) via Zoom.


Click here to see the full Concept Note of this session and the broader trajectory.






13:00 – 13:05

Welcome & summary trajectory

Amy Eaglestone

13:05 – 13:10

Introduction speakers


13:10 – 13:20

Applying the ‘social contract frame’ to polarization

Christian Kuitert (KPSRL)

13:20 – 13:35

Setting the scene I: polarization in Moldova

Dorin Chirtoacă (Leader Liberal Party, Former Mayor Chișinău)

13:35 – 13:50

Setting the scene II: polarization in Moldova

Inna Șupac (AIA-NRW, Former-MP Party of Communists)

13:50 – 14:00

Clarifying questions


14:00 – 14:05

Reflections from the ‘social contract’ perspective

Christian Kuitert (KPSRL)

14:05 – 14:50

Main discussion


14:50 – 14:55

Extracted recommendations

Amy Eaglestone

14:55 – 15:00


Christian Kuitert (KPSRL)


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26 Jun

Feminist Foreign Policy: A feminist way forward for SRoL development cooperation

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Despite their inherent domestic nature, social contracts are, in one way or another, subject to the pressure of external forces, of which interventions aimed at strengthening the said social contracts are a special category. It is undeniable that development cooperation has become a key site of SRL interventions working towards reducing inequalities.

In recent years there has been however, a growing concern over the historically embedded power dynamics that underlie international development cooperation. KPAC22 has also highlighted that many programming interventions are rooted in and framed using Western values, lenses, and knowledge systems which hampers ownership and legitimacy of power in non-Western contexts and undervalue local expertise and agency, and ignores history of colonization and other oppressive interactions among states. The latter resulting  in frail and aid dependent social contracts.

Within this context, there is need to explore what an Feminist Foreign Policy means in practice for SRoL programming, what effects it might have on  interventions aiming to strengthen social contracts and  what backlash supporting from the exterior a feminist perspective in a given country might cause vis a vis of both national governments and communities.

On June 26th 2023, The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law  will host a conversation on implications of FFP on development cooperation, with a specific emphasis on SRoL programming.  The event will discuss what distinguishes Feminist Foreign Policy from previous (similar) policies and what this policy might look like in practice for SRoL programming. It will highlight the voices of practitioners in SRoL programming and offer policy recommendations on specific adjustments needed to fully operationalize the policy.


Key questions

How do we ensure that  FFP enhances women’s rights while also tackling other power relations more holistically, using a rights-based and intersectional understanding(and approach) of feminism?

How can an FPP help address pre-existing power dynamics undermining meaningful SRoL programming and policy (and the development cooperation ecosystem as a whole)?

How can we operationalize an FFP in the SRoL sector? What ingredients are necessary and what challenges should we be cognizant of?

How can we more meaningfully involve civil society organizations (including community-based organizations, women’s groups, youth…) in developing a feminist approach to SRoL?

Key discussants

1.     Dr. Jutta Joachim, Senior Lecturer at Radboud University

2.     Fridah Githuku, Executive Director of Groots Kenya

3.     Alejandra Vicente, Head of Law at Redress and member of the GQUAL Secretariat


Register below to join us online on Monday, 26 June from 16:30-18:00 (BST) / 17:30-19.00 (CEST) at The Hague Humanity Hub (Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ Den Haag) or online via Zoom. 

Click here to check out the Concept Note.

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Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ Den Haag