EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

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Upcoming event

Title Supporting everyday justice providers to achieve SDG16.3
Date Tuesday 26 November 2019
Time 13:00 – 14:00
Venue EPLO Office, Avenue de Tervueren 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


Cordaid and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently published a new report entitled ‘Diverse pathways to justice for all: Supporting everyday justice providers to achieve SDG16.3’. The report draws on insights from Cordaid’s work in 5 diverse country contexts to provide recommendations on how customary, community-based, and other informal institutions and processes can contribute to strengthening access to justice in line with SDG16+.

Achieving justice for all by 2030 is impossible without leveraging the pathways to everyday justice already used by most people in fragile and conflict-affected states. However, while these pathways are often cheaper, faster, and more culturally-resonant for justice seekers, they also tend to operate in line with conservative and patriarchal norms, with deleterious results for women and other marginalised groups in countries like Afghanistan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan.

Ed Laws is a Senior Researcher at ODI and co-author of the report. He will present the report’s key findings and recommendations, with a focus on how the EU and international NGOs can develop policies and programmes that engage with the promise and potential pitfalls of everyday justice providers in order to accelerate progress on SDG16+.

The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion with participants.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


20/11/2019: Media as a peacebuilding tool: the example of Ms. President talent show (Media Focus on Africa and the finalists of the Kenyan talent show Ms President)

18/11/2019: Mainstreaming Human Rights and Gender in CSDP missions: the case of EUCAP Somalia (Gorica Balta, Human Rights and Gender Adviser at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia))

07/11/2019: EU Support to peacebuilding and the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia (Snežana Jakovljević, Sandglass, and Vetone Veliu, Mitrovica Women Association for Human Rights)


10/10/2019: Colombian women on the frontline: the role of women human rights defenders working on peace (Claudia Mejia Duque and Katerin Jurado Diaz, Sisma Mujer, and Maria Eugenia Cruz Alcarcon, National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders)


25/09/2019: Gendered effects of the conflicts in the South Caucasus region and women’s priorities for peace (Lara Aharonian, Shahla Ismayil and Ekaterine Gamakharia, partners of Kvinna till Kvinna)


09/07/2019: A threat inflated? The countering and preventing violent extremism agenda in Kyrgyzstan  (Kloé Tricot O’Farrell, Saferworld)


25/06/2019: Community perspectives on preventing violent extremism in the Western Balkans (Beatrix Austin, Berghof Foundation, Redion Qirjazi, Institute for Democracy and Mediation, and Sefer Selimi, Democracy Lab)


16/05/2019: Evolution of US policy on conflict prevention and prospects for US-EU relations (Uzra Zeya, Alliance for Peacebuilding)


29/04/2019: Yemen in 2019: What are the current pathways to peace? (Shoqi Maktary, Search for Common Ground)

12/04/2019: Children and armed conflict: exchange of views with civil society (Virginia Gamba, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict of the UN Secretary-General)


22/03/2019: Current political and security developments in Sudan: Recommendations from civil society leaders (Saferworld)

06/03/2019: Supporting local women-led organisations’ work on peace, security and P/CVE: Lessons learnt from the implementation of the Innovative Peace Fund in Libya (Sharazad Magrabi, Libyan Women Forum, & Melinda Holmes, ICAN)


21/02/2019: Strengthening Europe’s conflict prevention, resolution and mediation (Michael Keating, European Institute of Peace)

15/02/2019: Data-Driven Protection in Peacekeeping Operations: Insights from the DRC and South Sudan (Lauren Spink, Center for Civilians in Conflict)


10/01/2019: Perceptions of human security in southeast Myanmar (Theo Hollander, Saferworld)

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