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2009 Events


“Finding the Way Back ‘Home’ After Conflict? Measuring and Rethinking Reintegration in Post-Conflict Settings”
HKS, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy ~~ Cambridge, MA ~~ 23 June 2009

Reintegration has become an ever more prevalent buzzword in post-conflicts agendas. While is it not a new concept, its fragmented and weak evaluation and measurement have contributed to the persistence of the vagueness surrounding its definition, goals, and the reality of what can be achieved from reinsertion to wider development objectives. The reintegration of refugees, internally displaced persons, and ex-combatants through Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programs (as well as other ‘targeted’ groups) represents an ever-increasing funding and programming priority for all actors involved in post-conflict reconstruction and recovery. The presentation critically examined the evolution of the concept of reintegration, and raised questions about our assumptions of what it means to ‘go back home’ and be reintegrated into ‘communities’. It was followed by a discussion about a more holistic reintegration approach that encompasses all groups affected by reintegration and which also measures the impact of ‘self-reintegrated’ populations.



Executive workshop: “Evidence-Based Policy on Human Rights in Mexico: Measuring Impact, Assessing Progress?
Mexico City, Mexico ~~ 22 May 2009

This workshop helped government and civil society leaders to think conceptually about evidence-based policy on human rights. By means of a combination of presentations, case studies, and group discussions, participants examined the rationale behind measurements and gained valuable insight into its critical aspects. The workshop encouraged action towards the implementation of evidence-based policies in the area of human rights, and supported a closer collaboration among policy-makers, civil society and academics exploring complementarities and synergies.



“Developing Evidence-Based Child-Protection Policy: Engaging Communities & Policymakers in Sierra Leone”
HKS, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy ~~ Cambridge, MA ~~ 30 April 2009

This seminar explained how evidence and research can inform policy-making in developing countries. It was based on the activities in Sierra Leone of MHR Director Rossi and three HKS Masters in Public Policy students who worked on the Sierra Leone Project for their PAE: Tara Azimi, Syon Bhanot, and Rishma Thomas.


“Making Courts Count: International Human Rights Tribunals and the Problem of Measuring Compliance”
HKS, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy ~~ Cambridge, MA ~~ 27 April 2009

This presentation addressed two critical concerns of international human rights: (1) monitoring compliance with their rulings, and (2) measuring the impact that the courts have on domestic politics and the protection of human rights. Current systems of measuring compliance suffer from ambiguity and inconsistency, and exacerbate the tribunals’ ability to foster compliance, as well as their capacity to understand their own successes and failures and ultimately, their legitimacy and authority. By examining the implications of the current measurement system, this seminar identified a major gap in the theory and practice of human rights tribunals and created an alternative approach to measuring compliance with the judgments of international human rights courts.



International Consultation on “Methodological Issues of Qualitative & Quantitative Tools for Measuring Compliance with the Right to Development”
HKS, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy ~~ Cambridge, MA ~~ 9 January 2009

This conference was organized in collaboration with the OHCHR and the Program on Human Rights in Development at the HSPH. The final product was presented and adopted by the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on the right to development.



Capacity-building workshop on “Evidence-Based Policy and Research Methods”
UNICEF Sierra Leone ~~ Freetown, Sierra Leone ~~ 21 October 2008

During the five-day seminar, MHR Director Rossi trained a group of local NGOs and government officers on research methods and evidence-based policy. The training sessions focused on sampling techniques, qualitative and participatory methods, and positive deviance & communication for development. The purpose of the training was to strengthen sustainable research capacity for UNICEF and its partners in formative action-orientated research on vulnerable and excluded children and their situation in Sierra Leone. This included the construction of local capacity for action and policy-orientated research, in view of supporting evidence-based action which combines qualitative and quantitative methods. As the final result of the workshop, a detailed research plan was developed that included a random household survey and a policy-makers opinion poll on responses to child protection issues in Sierra Leone.