Events

Conflict and Fragility

Annual conference 'Hard contexts, hard choices'
7 Apr 2016 09:00
Source: Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
Introduction

4th Annual conference organised by the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law.

Video impression

Also read the blog of Rob Sijstermans that was inspired by the Platform's 4th Annual Conference, and in particular related to his role as moderator of the day.

About the event
Current global trends such as transnational organized crime, radicalization, unprecedented forced displacement, persistent injustices and pervasive gender-inequalities mark the evolving nature of violent conflict. However, the international community faces difficulties in adjusting its tools for intervention and support accordingly.

Goal 16 of the new Sustainable Development Goals ambitiously seeks to ‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’. However, the meaning of the SDGs for policy frameworks and programming still remains to be defined to realize their transformative potential. The complexity of violence entrenched in contemporary conflict asks for a critical assessment and, possibly, revision of priorities in security and rule of law policy and programming so as to reach its ambitions. Faced with extremely hard contexts, hard choices need to be made.

The Annual Conference of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law aims to bring to the surface the key features of today’s hard contexts and explore the policy choices that such contexts implicate. Dilemmas between technical support and political change processes will be drawn upon, as well as trade-offs between perceived short-term security needs and sustained processes of inclusive political change and development in order to chart the way forward. 

Programme and registration
For the complete programme and registration, please visit the website of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law.