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Cordaid NL
Security and Justice

Creating security, building justice

Director Security and Justice

Hetty Burgman

Creating security, building justice

Without peace, stability and effective governance based on the rule of law, sustainable development cannot be achieved. Seemingly endless cycles of violence have a destructive impact on a country’s development, with citizens bearing the burden of insecurity and injustice.

Cordaid Security & Justice enables peaceful, just and inclusive societies. We strengthen effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, and decision-making, from community to national levels. Inclusiveness and meaningful participation of women and youth are key to this.

Our work contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16.

What we do

Cordaid’s Security & Justice program covers three main areas.

1. Strengthening security & justice services through RBF

We strengthen the responsiveness and quality of security & justice services in volatile and fragile settings. We do this by introducing Results Based Financing (RBF) for security, justice and governance. This has proven successful in promoting effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, leading to better security and justice provision to local communities. We work with the formal security & justice sector, as well as with the communities they serve. Local NGOs are supported to collect quality affidavits to substantiate legal cases, to provide legal aid and mediate conflicts.

2. Peace building & security processes

We enhance inclusive peace building & security processes and governance that is responsive to the needs of citizens and their communities. Our interventions promote the role and leadership of women and youth in conflict prevention, peace building, and in enhancing local security. All our actions are anchored in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 2250. Cordaid also supports civil society in fragile contexts and at international levels to ensure they can effectively participate in peace and security processes. Civil society’s engagement in peacebuilding and state building is a critical contribution to conflict and crisis prevention.

3. Ensuring basic service delivery

We ensure that governments in fragile and conflict-affected states are able to provide basic services where they are most needed, in an equitable, inclusive and responsive manner.

  • 12 active Security & Justice projects in 9 different countries
  • 60 different partners collaborating on these projects

Security and Justice Services

Thematic expertise

We provide expertise and related capacity strengthening and coaching in the key areas of:

  • enhancing access to justice and security in fragile states;
  • enhancing women’s and youth’s effective participation in decision-making and peace-building;
  • evidence-based lobby & advocacy to generate positive changes in these areas.

We also offer program and grant management and related mentoring and capacity development for local partners and stakeholders.

Security & Justice programming includes:

  • Community Security Architects
    Community Security Architects (CSA) enables citizens to organize themselves and places them at the heart of dialogue with civil servants, police forces and representatives of the judicial system. CSA are people from within the communities, who together with representatives of police and judiciary actors work to design and implement security and justice action plans.
  • 4×4 Justice
    4×4 Justice focuses on bringing justice to communities disconnected from the formal judiciary system. It uses innovative tools such as mobile cinemas and mobile legal clinics to connect informal to formal judicial systems. Data collection brings further system innovation.
  • Results Based Financing in Security and Justice
    Results Based Financing (RBF) in Security and Justice aims to improve performance, inclusiveness and accountability of state security and justice providers. Cordaid is recognized for its daring and innovative RBF approach. We link innovation to solid research and have the skills and knowledge to implement RBF, adjusted to different contexts.
  • Women’s barometer for Peace and Security
    The barometer is designed to bridge the gap between local women and policy makers at national and international level. It offers an empowering way of monitoring, documenting and conveying the security needs and concerns of local women. It enables women to generate a collective voice to increase influence on peace and security processes. The barometer stimulates leadership skills, develops capacities to advocate for change and strengthens analytical and negotiating skills.
  • Evidence-based lobby & advocacy and related capacity development of local partners
    Cordaid’s goal is to strengthen the voice and capacity of society to effectively engage in and influence peace building and state building. This is a critical contribution to crisis prevention and sustainable peace and development for all. We do this in fragile countries as well as at the international level. Apart from providing the skills and knowledge transfer to local partners, Cordaid’s Security & Justice team is strategically positioned in relevant national and international networks and fora.

Hetty Burgman

Director Security and Justice

Security and Justice team

Hetty Burgman

Director Security and Justice

Bas J. M. Beek

Program manager Security & Justice

Peter van Sluijs

Senior Strategist and Coordinator CSPPS

Koen Faber

Monitoring and evaluation officer

Nikki de Zwaan

Policy advisor Security & Justice

Dicky de Morrée

Lobby and advocacy officer

Frederique van Drumpt

Program manager Security & Justice

Sabina Atzei

Program manager Security and Justice