Study on influence of Countering the Financing of Terrorism regulation on security of HRDs

Investigated the role that countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) laws and regulations play in limiting the operations of Human rights defenders working on organised crime, and document the impact it has on their safety. Specific focus on women’s rights. Drafted policy paper for advocacy towards international institutions on how to protect the space for HRDS in light of CFT developments.

Complaint Building Palm Oil Company: Research on consultation and violations during certification audits

Supported Milieudefensie with documentation of consultation processes and land rights violations in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone to be used as evidence in complaints filed against company. Conducted general analysis and identification of gaps in consultation and FPIC processes in palm oil certification schemes: gaps between standards/policies and general norms and standards on consultation & experiences of communities and civil society.

Fact-finding work on threats against land rights defenders Uganda

Supported the ABA Justice Defenders Program in conducting research and fact finding work on threats to land and human rights defenders in Uganda. Interviewed local community members and stakeholders, plus review of court documents and financial agreements. Drafted a report documenting the threats to defenders outlining regional and international obligations and advocacy strategies.

Evaluation labour rights & worker mobilisation in IFI infrastructure projects

Evaluated the Mondiaal FNV’s support to the Global Union Federation (GUF), to lobby International Financial Institutions to improve core labour standards in IFI projects. Assessed whether the interventions for trade union affiliates have contributed to improved labour standards and gender equality and women’s participation. Provided insight into the strategies with respect to IFI infrastructure projects’ compliance in South Asia and East Africa. Provided recommendations for future collaboration, follow-up projects and activities.

National Strategies for Financial Inclusion and Education: Implementation Challenges

This study collects and analyzes challenges encountered in the implementation of national financial inclusion and education strategies in a group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, while introducing learning experiences and success stories. The work seeks to contribute to the progress of the fields of financial inclusion and education; in particular, the establishment of actions necessary to reach and satisfy the needs of the various target populations. The findings allow reflection on the factors that hinder the successful implementation of these policies.

Study – Impact of COVID19 on women’s rights and civic space

For WO=MEN we studied Covid-19’s consequences for women’s rights and civic space through a “quick scan” based on interviews and news. The study explores what are the policy trends and responses in the areas of: political and financial support for women’s organisations and civic space, sustainable economy and BHR, and women, peace and security. It explores how relevant organisations respond to the pandemic’s consequences and provides recommendations on how the Dutch government can best respond.

Theory of Change Development – Ms President Kenya

We created a Theory of Change for one of MFA’s core projects: Ms President, a TV reality show aimed to promote the leadership of women and gender equality as critical to countering violence and for achieving the SDGs in Kenya. The show features a group of women competing to become the first ‘female president’ of Kenya. Throughout the show the women go through a capacity-building program, group tasks and elimination process. The ToC was created for the purpose of better measuring impact and progress in the continuation (Season 2) of the program.  

Assessment of the EU Gender Action Plan II in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon

Conducted an independent assessment of the implementation of the EU Gender Action Plan: its effects on women’s rights and engagement with women’s rights organisations in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The Plan translates EU policy and political commitments to gender equality into a set of concrete objectives necessary for achieving results for girls and women. The study included field research in Jordan and Lebanon, validation workshops with civil society and interviews with government, experts, EU staff and international organisations..

DGGF Knowledge Agenda on SME Finance

Supported Triple Jump and PwC – managing the part of the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) Financing Local SMEs initiative – with the knowledge sharing program of Seed Capital & Business Development facility of DGGF (SCBD/DGGF). Support included organisation of the knowledge sharing event “Closing the SME Finance Gap: Empowering Young & Women Entrepreneurs in Frontier Markets” in the fall 2019. The event created a platform to identify which strategies work in closing the finance gap for the ‘missing middle’ SMEs in frontier markets and build collaborations towards the emergence of diverse local SME finance ecosystems.