Seven applied projects on legitimate stability awarded

29 October 2018

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development awarded seven projects in the sixth call for applied proposals of the Security and Rule of Law research programme. The theme of this call was ’The political dilemma of legitimate stability’.

The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law (KPSRL) formulated the theme and focus of the call, and the call is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The projects granted under the sixth call for proposals of the SRoL Applied Research Fund (ARF6) will develop evidence-based insights on how policies and/or programmes focusing on human security, rule of law and/or political governance can become more sensitive to, or stimulate, legitimate stability. The research topics are driven by local or international demands from practitioners (including policy makers) and align with international agendas, also to stimulate the uptake of insights in policies and programmes.

Awarded projects

The awarded projects are:

  • A question of legitimacy: How civil society organisations can and do provide rehabilitation and reintegration services for violent extremist offenders in (post-) conflict settings in the Sahel (Nigeria)
    Project leader: E. Entenmann LLM - Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations - Partners: B. Osakwe - West Africa Network for Peacebuilding
    This project researches the mechanisms at work when civil-society-organisations (CSOs) take on roles traditionally occupied by the state in rehabilitating and reintegrating (R&R) violent extremist fighters. It will show how cooperation between CSOs and governments on the topic of R&R can be optimised without jeopardising each other’s separate functions.
  • External stabilization interventions in CAR and DRC: The assumptions of peacekeeping operations and (I)NGOs, local ‘realities’, and the risks of discrepancies for legitimate stability
    Project leader: Dr. J. van der Lijn - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute - Partner: N. de Zwaan – Cordaid
    This project aims to look at the assumptions underlying external stabilisation interventions by (I)NGOs and UN peace operations in the field of security and justice provision, comparing them to perceptions and experiences of local populations, authorities and other key-stakeholders in CAR and Eastern DRC.
  • Grounded legitimacy – strengthening local land registration in conflict-affected Northern Uganda
    Project leader: Dr M. van Leeuwen - Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen - Partner: Dr D. Betge – ZOA
    This project explores how the Ugandan state legitimises itself through decentralised land governance, and how interventions by development organisations (that support local land registration) feed into the legitimacy of the Ugandan state and of customary authorities.
  • Improving stability in settings of fragile or limited statehood: Harnessing the potential of traditional authorities for local government interventions in Libya, Mali, and Niger
    Project leader: Dr F.F. Molenaar - Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations - Partners: Mr V. Doop MSc - International Cooperation Agency of the Netherlands; A.M. Brinkman MSc - Bureau Ensemble; Dr A. Idrissa - Economie Politique et Gouvernance Autonome
    This project studies how the traditional/tribal authorities engaged in local governance in Libya, Mali, and Niger build and maintain legitimacy. It's aim is to inform (inter)national interventions in these countries on the consequences for supporting (formal) local government.
  • Promoting Fair Vetting in Kenya and Beyond
    Project leader: Prof. J.M. Ubink - Universiteit Leiden - Partners: R. Duthie - International Center for Transitional justice (ICTJ); C. Gitari Nudungu - International Center for Transitional justice (ICTJ)
    This project examines the way in which vetting laws and procedures are executed in practice, focusing on the vetting of the police in Kenya. It will identify challenges related to the execution of vetting laws and procedures, especially at the local-level, and propose instruments for mitigating these challenges.
  • Public Authority and Legitimacy Making (PALM): host-refugee relations in urban Jordan and Lebanon
    Project leader: Dr. D.J.H. te Lintelo - Institute of Development Studies (at University of Sussex) - Partners: H. Ford – ACTED; F. Girling - Impact Initiatives; Prof. C.W. Watters - University of Sussex; W. Mansour – Occlude
    This project studies what everyday practices bestow legitimacy on state and non-state actors attempting to exercise public authority in fragile urban settings in Jordan and Lebanon. It will identify and widely circulate evidence-based advice for humanitarian/development practitioners and policymakers to advancing peaceful host/refugee relations, inclusive governance and strengthened human security.
  • Returning to stability? Lessons from the Great Lakes region
    Project leader: T. van Laer - International Refugee Rights Initiative - Partners: Prof. K. Vlassenroot - Universiteit Gent; Prof. G. Muzalia - GEC-SH; J.C. Malitano – ApRU; Mr T. Mbazumutima - REMA Burundi
    This project explores how processes of return of refugees in Burundi and the DRC affects legitimacy and stability. It's aim is to provide lessons about how to integrate dynamics related to return in international human security and political governance interventions.

SRoL Applied Research Fund

The Security & Rule of Law Applied Research Fund (ARF) is a subsidy scheme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It is created to underpin the Ministry’s Security & Rule of Law policy by developing evidence-based insights and stimulating the use of these insights to solve practical problems for policies and programmes in an effort to achieve sustainable peace and development. The ARF is implemented by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development. The themes of the ARF calls are developed by the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law.

About NWO-SRoL

The Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) research programme was developed by the Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development to promote research that contributes to the SRoL knowledge base. NWO-WOTRO manages the calls for proposals and granted projects. This call is developed for the Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) Applied Research Fund (ARF) of the NWO-SRoL research programme. NWO-SRoL aims to contribute to enhancing the knowledge-base of security and rule of law policies and intervention programs in fragile and conflict-affected settings, in order to improve their effectiveness. The ARF specifically focuses on strengthening policy and implementation in the fields of security and rule of law. Six calls for proposals were launched under this fund, with almost sixty projects funded in total.

Source: NWO