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.

Next event

Title EPLO Brown Bag Lunch with the Crisis Management Initiative – Experiences with the Critical Friend method for Monitoring & Evaluation
Date Tuesday 19 December 2017
Time 12:45-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


The Critical Friend method emerged to respond to the limitations of traditional evaluations on effectiveness and performance, which tend to be cumbersome and expensive. Critical friends are independent and professional external actors who, with their expertise and profile, can contribute to critical reflection across organisations and their partners, engaging in constructive dialogue in a trusted space. As a lighter, more adjustable approach to evaluation and learning Critical Friends add a further layer of quality assurance within an M&E framework, with a strong emphasis on real-time learning.  The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) has been experimenting with this method for the past year in order to enhance learning and management of its global conflict resolution programme.

CMI will be sharing their experiences at an informal EPLO Brown Bag Lunch event. At this event, Mikko Patokallio and Laura Salonen will discuss the different applications of the Critical Friend method at CMI, including for the evaluation of the 2014-2016 Global Programme, the design of the 2018-2021 programme, and as part of internal CMI project reviews.

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

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Susanne Wander if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


07/11/2017: The 5th AU-EU Summit: an opportunity to reset African Union-European Union relations? (Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group)


25/10/2017: The Kosovo Specialist Court and Transitional Justice in Kosovo (Gëzim Visoka, Dublin City University; Kushtrim Koliqi, Integra; and Nenad Maksimović, Centre for Peace and Tolerance)


27/09/2017: Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP Missions: Where does the EU stand? (Taina Jarvinen, Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, European External Action Service)

11/09/2017: World Bank Syria report: ‘The Toll of War: Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria’ (Saroj Kumar Jha and Harun Onder, the World Bank)


11/07/2017: Navigating the risks in Counter-terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism: Insights from Kenya and Tunisia (Larry Attree, Amine Ghali, Thomas Nyagah and Kloé Tricot O’Farrell, Safeworld)


28/06/2017: Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP missions: the cases of EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger (Róisín Drury Tully, EUCAP Sahel Mali, and Anna Lazzari, EUCAP Sahel Niger)

27/06/2017: The EU and conflict prevention in Jordan: Presentation of CSDN Discussion Paper 11 (Laura Davis, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office)

13/06/2017: Looking towards Burundi’s future: how to build peace and navigate the “new normal”? (Floride Ahitungiye, Search for Common Ground)

06/06/2017: Current conflict dynamics in the ethnic states in Myanmar and possible scenarios for the future (Tereza Grünvaldová, Search for Common Ground)


23/05/2017: Border security in Tunisia: what does a peacebuilding approach look like? (Mariam Abdel Baky, International Alert)


26/04/2017: Shrinking space for civil society in the Western Balkans: a perspective from women’s rights organisations (Women human rights defenders from Voice Against Violence and Rights for All)


26/01/2017: République centrafricaine: quelles motivations pour les membres des groupes armés non-étatiques? (M. Younissa Bohari, ONG Konfluence et Felix Colchester, Conciliation Resources)

17/01/2017: The gender impact of EU missions in the Western Balkans: Insights from everyday practice (Dr Ken McDonagh and Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana, Dublin City University)

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