Human Security in Mali

Hague Institute, Partners Initiate New Project in Mali

Since January 2012, Mali has suffered armed conflict between government forces and Tuareg rebels seeking independence in Northern Mali. The deteriorating security situation has prompted civil society organizations to critically reassess their peacebuilding efforts and initiate measures which complement a human security strategy.

In January 2016, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, together with the West African Network for Peacebuilding in Mali (WANEP-Mali) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) initiated a 6-month project to review, monitor and evaluate a framework for human security (HS) in Mali.

The project, ‘Learning from Design in Mali: A Critical Review and M&E Framework for the CSO-led Human Security Strategy 2014-2015’, is built on initial consultations held by WANEP-Mali in 2014 and 2015. It seeks to contribute to better coordination amongst the different actors and their perspectives, which is key to sustainable peace and security in Mali.

By incorporating expertise in evidence-based policy design and practitioner-based knowledge the project will address the following questions:

  • What were the main drivers and considerations for civil society organizations in Mali in designing and conducting their evidence-based approach for the human security strategy?
  • How can the effects of this strategy be measured on policy and practice?

The final goal is to provide insights for establishing a practical framework for the implementation of a human security strategy in Mali from 2016.

The following steps will take place in the course of the 6-month project:

  • Step 1: Interviews with the Malian government, MINUSMA, ECOWAS and other policymakers to inform monitoring and evaluation as part of Step 3.
  • Step 2: Interviews with Malian civil society organisations to inform a critical review of the methodologies they used to design their human security strategy.
  • Step 3: Development of a monitoring and evaluation framework aimed at informing civil society on the extent to which the human security strategy and similar strategies are implemented over time by various policy makers and other civil society actors.
  • Step 4: Validation of the monitoring and evaluation framework by Malian actors in Bamako. During this validation, the consortium will explore how the monitoring and evaluation framework can also be applied to other relevant states in West Africa.

This assessment is funded by The Netherlands Research Council (NWO).

About the consortium partners:

WANEP Mali was launched in 2010 and is the national chapter of WANEP Regional based in Accra-Ghana. It has a network membership of 64 civil society organisations spread across the 8 regions of Mali. WANEP Mali is implementing a national early warning programme linked to the ECOWAS Regional Early Warning system, ECOWARN. WANEP Mali also has functional programmes in gender and peacebuilding and peace education. WANEP Regional has national offices in the ECOWAS Member States with a membership of over 500 civil society organisations. In addition, WANEP has special consultative status with the ECOSOCC, and is a member of the Peace and Security cluster of the ECOSOCC. WANEP is a member of GPPAC.

GPPAC is a global network founded in 2003, which connects civil society organizations engaged in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts on the ground, with those advocating for such efforts in major policy hubs. GPPAC is founded on the premises and principles of human security. Through 15 regional networks, GPPAC links different levels of action and strives for multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments, regional organisations and the UN.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan think-and-do tank established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and conduct professional training. It also serves as a platform for convening experts and practitioners to engage in knowledge sharing, which will be directly beneficial to this project. Both innovative applied research and policy development are goals of The Hague Institute’s work. Its focus on global justice is compatible with the principles of HS. The Conflict Prevention Program is particularly relevant given its portfolio of policy-oriented research and activities on the initial outbreak, spread, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict.

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