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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Latest event

Title Working in the Pandemic: Lessons learned from an online dialogue programme on the Women, Peace and Security agenda
Date Wednesday 10 February
Time 13:00 – 14:00
Venue online


Last year was supposed to be a moment of celebration and reflection for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, as it marked the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Yet, the COVID-19 crisis spoiled these plans and, more importantly, created—or rather compounded—challenges to the Agenda around the world. As many initiatives had to be shifted online, those implementing WPS initiatives were left scrambling.

It is in this context that the Agency for Peacebuilding (AP) designed and ran an online training and dialogue programme entitled “The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Pandemic”. The programme’s overall objective was to provide professionals and activists working on the WPS Agenda in North Africa and the Western Balkans with the necessary tools to adapt their initiatives and work to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus prevent significant setbacks in the implementation of the Agenda itself.

The online dialogue programme, which ended in November 2020, has generated a number of lessons about working on the WPS Agenda during the pandemic, including how to best adapt this work to the online space. Some of these are highlighted in the programme’s report.

Bernardo Monzani, AP’s President and the person responsible for the programme, will share lessons from this experience, and suggest some ways forward for continuing to work online. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion among participants.

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

Previous Events


15/12/2020: Implications of the agreement over Nagorno-Karabakh (Representatives of Kvinna till Kvinna)


26/11/2020: The role of young women and men in regional crisis resolution efforts: Lessons from the Lake Chad and Sahel regions (Rafiu Lawal, Building Blocks for Peace Foundation, Sa’adatu Shuaibu, ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF))


09/07/2020: Diaspora participation in Colombia’s Truth Commission (Kristian Herbolzheimer, International Catalan Institute for Peace, Helga Flamtermesky, Diaspora Woman)


14/02/2020: Peace and conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic: which opportunities for engagement? (Mark Hoover is a Stabilisation Advisor with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations)

05/02/2020: Preventing violent extremism in Tunisia:  What lessons for European engagement? (Bouraoui Ouni, Search for Common Ground)


28/01/2020: Rethinking the role of non-state actors in war-to-peace transitions: The case of post-conflict Liberia (Dr Christine Cheng, King’s College London)

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