Partos event

Strategic Partnership Lab- Advancing research through localisation

  • Date and time 24 May 2022, 13:00 - 15:00 CET
  • Where through ZOOM
  • For whom CSOs from the Strategic Partnerships and everyone interested


  • Celebrate successes and brilliant failures related to advancing research through localisation
  • Equip participants with practical knowledge and skills to advance local-led research
  • Co-create practicle recommendations to advance research through localisation

Local-led research in partnerships

It has become widely accepted that the use of evidence is essential for improving development policies, programmes and practice and the call for evidence-based working in development has grown increasingly louder. As a result, many civil society organizations (CSOs) have started to invest in research in the context of their programme, sometimes also seeking to strengthen the research capacities of organizations involved and creating opportunities to do research within CSO partnerships. However, research opportunities within CSO partnerships are often skewed, with most of the funding and decision-making power resting in the Global North, leaving Southern-based organizations often in a position of implementing a donor-defined research agenda. Within research projects local organisations are often seen as lacking research capacity and local, informal forms of knowledge often not recognized.

To address these power imbalances and ensure that research is based on local needs and realities the Work No Child’s Business alliance (Stop Child Labour, Save the Children, Unicef) commissioned a research to help civil society partnerships move forward. The research was conducted by Siri Lijfering, B. Rajeshwari and Margit van Wessel from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) who developed a guide rooted on the analysis of the perspectives and experiences of alliance staff interviewed in Uganda, India and Jordan. The guide offers principles for advancing research through localization, pathways for change, and conversation starters to explore opportunities and ways forward together.

What are we doing to do?

During this SP-lab, the WUR research team will share their analysis, followed by a presentation from the WNCB research working group who will share how research is stimulated in the alliance and how the alliance currently build on the WUR recommendations. The second part of the session is an interactive discussion in which participants can share how they are stimulating research in their partnerships, which barriers and enabling factors they encounter and how they address power imbalances in research activities.

What are the Strategic Partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships (SP) are the instrument for the cooperation between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and civil society organisations. The SP are implemented under the ‘Strenghtening Civil Society’ policy framework with four grant instruments: Power of Voices, Power of Women, SRHR Partnership Fund and Women, Peace and Security. Under the Strategic Partnerships Lab Partos facilitates learning & innovation for and with the Strategic Partnerships.


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