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
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.