Impunity Watch and partners develop a theory of change to support women, peace and Security in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo 

Impunity Watch co-organised with SOFEPADI and Association DUSHIREHAMWE (Congolese and Burundian organisations respectively) a four-day workshop in Bujumbura from 24-28 February 2020 to develop a “theory of change” that will essentially provide them with a roadmap for supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda over the next five years.


The participants reflected on their ongoing programmes and looked at what works, lessons learned, and how to scale up their interventions as well as strategies for influencing regional policymaking. This planning workshop was facilitated by MDF Training and Consultancy.


“This workshop was an important moment for Impunity Watch and our partners in Burundi and the DRC to take stock of the impact our work is having on transforming harmful gender norms and for supporting the meaningful participation of Burundian and Congolese women in processes of transitional justice,” said David Taylor, Head of Impunity Watch in Burundi.


The workshop covered a range of topics including:

understanding the process of formulating a theory or

change; intervention strategies; risk analysis; indicators

of change; gender transformative approaches; capacity

building for strategy development; innovation in

partnerships; and the dynamics of the consortium

including its decision-making processes and the roles

and responsibilities of each organisation.


Julienne Lusenge, Chair of SOFEPADI’s Board of

Directors, said that the theory of change that was

developed by the three organisations will help them

affect real change in Burundi and the DRC, particularly

in terms of advancing women’s rights. She highlighted

the regional importance of this new programme, whereby it will allow women in the Great Lakes region to meet with decision-makers at the country and regional levels.


Also reflecting on this theory of change, Rodrigue Ngasembere, Head of Programmes at SOFEPADI, said it can be summarised in the aspiration to see women participate in large numbers in decision-making and peace processes, as well as in ensuring access to basic social services.  “We think it is a long-term response to the problem women face in the Great Lakes region as a result of armed conflict as well as political and security problems,” Mr. Ngasembere added. He stressed that

for women to be able to achieve their role as actors

of change and to overcome the challenges that


peace and security within their communities, they

need to be empowered and civil society organisations

should build their capacities.


Madame Lusenge and Mr. Ngasembere both

emphasised the importance of working together as a

consortium with DUSHIREHAMWE and Impunity

Watch, whereby they can join efforts, learn from

each other’s experiences and bring real change into

their communities.


David Taylor concluded that he has no doubt that

with strong partners like SOFEPADI and DUSHIREHAMWE alongside Impunity Watch’s committed Gender Justice and DRC team, they will make a significant contribution to conflict prevention and tackling the scourge of impunity in Burundi and the DRC.