Launch calls for proposals on Security & Rule of Law

17 March 2014

Today, WOTRO has launched two calls for proposals as part of the new research programme 'Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings'. The calls have been developed in close collaboration with the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law. Consortia consisting of research and practitioner organisations from all over the world are invited to submit research proposals that can help increase the effectiveness of security and rule of law policies and intervention programmes in countries and regions that are affected by conflict and instability. Up to 5 million euros is available for the best strategic and applied research proposals.

Employment for Stability

The call Employment for Stability in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings, is the first call of the Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) Strategic Research Fund. It aims at funding strategic research projects geared at providing evidence-based policy advice to development practitioners active in the field of security and rule of law. Research should either address the effects of employment on social cohesion and horizontal inequalities, or investigate key drivers and challenges that determine employment strategies of the private sector.

Research proposals have to focus on one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda or Yemen. Neighbouring countries affected by spill-over problems can be included as well. 

Proposals for this call may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least two research organisations from all over the world. One of them must be based in a low or middle income country (LMIC), preferably one of countries listed above. By preference, the consortium is extended with a practitioner organisation locally active in the area of employment.

Proposals selected for funding may receive up to 443,000 euros for a project with a maximum duration of 36 months. Preliminary applications must be submitted to WOTRO before 12 May 2014.  

Launching of Darfur Regional Authority. Photo: Flickr CC

Embedding Justice in Power and Politics

The theme of the call for proposals for the SRoL Applied Research Fund is Embedding Justice in Power and Politics. Applied research proposals should investigate how the actual implementation of policies in the field of security and rule of law can be improved. The specific aim of the call is to support research based innovations that contribute to making rule of law reform programming more people-centred and better grounded in the local political economy. 

Research proposals should focus on the situation in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, CAR, DRC, East Timor, Egypt, Liberia, Libya, Palestinian Territories, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia Yemen, or on affected neighbouring countries (including Mali, Niger and Chad).

Applying consortia should consist of at least one research organisation and one practitioner organisation that is involved in the design or implementation of policies for security and rule of law reform programmes in one of the countries listed above.

In this first call of the Applied Research Fund, a maximum budget of 310,000 euros is available for projects with a maximum duration of 24 months. Proposals must be received by WOTRO before the deadline of 8 May 2014.

Graffiti in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Flickr CC

About the Security & Rule of Law research programme

Security & Rule of Law is one of the priority policy areas of Dutch development cooperation. It aims at contributing to security and rule of law in LMICs by tackling the underlying causes of conflicts, instability and exclusion and, from the viewpoint of human security, supporting positive forces in society.

To strengthen the knowledge base of this policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has installed the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. This platform plays a central role in identifying and articulating knowledge demands, formulating research questions and promoting knowledge exchange.

The Security & Rule of Law research programme has been developed by the Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO to promote research that contributes to strengthening the knowledge base. The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The research programme and the tendering procedure are managed by WOTRO.

For more information, and to download the calls for proposals, please visit the funding pages of the programme.

Source: NWO