Insights Forum

The Insights Forum

Working with Religious Actors to Build Peaceful and Stable Societies

20-21 November 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

The Insights Forum’s guiding question is “How can we better evidence the impact of working with religious actors to build peaceful and stable societies to practitioners and policymakers?”. The Forum will include a series of panel sessions and M&E presentations and demonstrations. These will address key challenges and lessons learned to improve the practice, delivery, quality and impact of programming, and to inform policy development.

We aim to bring together individuals and organisations with knowledge of relevant policy issues and country-level experience, with particular emphasis on the global South. The Institute and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are creating the Insights Forum as an opportunity for practitioners to come together, network and connect. It is a chance to collectively share best practices, lessons learned, results and evidence from across the spectrum of P/CVE and peacebuilding programming.

The Insights Forum aims to:

  1. Explore shared challenges and recommendations for effective working with religious actors and groups across the P/CVE and peacebuilding and conflict resolution sectors;
  2. Share best practices, lessons learned, results, and evidence of impact across the spectrum of M&E activities; and
  3. Gather evidence to inform advocacy, policy and practice across the P/CVE, Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB), and peacebuilding and conflict resolution communities.

We would be delighted to hear from individuals and organisations interested in attending and presenting at our Insights Forum. 

Call for Proposals

Who is eligible to submit a proposal: We would like to invite proposals from a diverse range of organisations and speakers to speak in one of our panel discussions or deliver a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) presentation. Organisations that implement direct P/CVE or peacebuilding programming are encouraged to submit proposals. Programmes implemented in fragile and conflict-affected countries that address grievances, violence reduction and prevention, but are not conflict prevention or peacebuilding programmes specifically, will also be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Submissions should be based on relevant research or programmes and provide an opportunity for practitioners to learn from and engage with challenges, lessons learned and recommendations from practical experience.

General area: Submissions should have a primary focus within one of the following themes:

  1. Working at the Interface of Religion/Ideology, Identity and Grievance: What are our insights regarding the relationship between religion and other drivers of ideological extremism?
  2. The Effectiveness of Intra-Religious and Inter-Religious Action in Countering Extremist Narratives: How and in what contexts does intra- and inter-religious action help build stable, prosperous and peaceful societies?
  3. Approaches to Changing Gender Norms in P/CVE: Understanding pervasive norms feeding extremist narratives and obstructing prevention efforts – what does effective gender inclusion look like?
  4. Empowering (‘Privileging’) Local Voices and Community-Led Approaches: How do we ensure that community-led projects are a) sustainable and b) informing wider policy?
  5. Engaging Youth: What approaches and models are effective for youth inclusion in peacebuilding and P/CVE programming?

Session type: Proposals should appeal to participants with varying levels of P/CVE, peacebuilding and M&E experience. We will accept proposals for panel speakers, evidence presentations and methodological demonstrations.

  • Panel speakers: Ninety-minute panels on the five themes above will discuss key issues related to the guiding question. Each panel will be composed of three to four speakers and a moderator. Panel speakers are encouraged to use their programmatic experiences to address the question and discuss evidence-based challenges, lessons learned and recommendations. Priority consideration will be given to speakers who integrate M&E into their presentation. 
  • M&E evidence presentations: Evidence presentations are 20-minute presentations that present monitoring and/or evaluation results and data. This includes formal and informal, and internal and external, M&E results. In addition, the presentation must include a discussion on the approach/methodology employed, programmatic context, how the data was verified, replicability of the methodology, and lessons learned.
  • M&E methodological demonstrations: Demonstrations are 20-minute presentations that show how to use or apply an M&E concept, methodology or tool. This includes data collection methodologies, sampling processes/beneficiary selection, monitoring methodologies, M&E tools, data quality processes, data visualisation, and dissemination and sharing procedures. The presentation must include lessons learned from application of the concept or tool being presented.

Proposals must be submitted here by 5 August 2019. 

5 August 2019 - Submission Deadline
22 August 2019 - Notification of Acceptance
31 October 2019 - Presentation Outline and Speaker Biography
4-8 November 2019 - Calls with the Institute and Session Panellists
20-21 November 2019 - Insights Forum

The Insights Forum is free to attend.  The Institute and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are unfortunately unable to cover travel and accommodation expenses for attendees, but funding may be available for exceptional proposals. We invite organisations willing and able to sponsor local participants to attend the Forum to get in touch for more information. 

For further background information on the Insights Forum, please see the concept note.