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MEL unit for CSSF Middle East

The Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) in the Middle East operates in one of the most complicated conflict-affected regions of the world. The CSSF is designed to provide strategic UK investments that combine a whole-of-government approach to catalyse conflict prevention, stabilisation and peacebuilding.


Itad MEL Unit for the CSSF programme teams in the Middle East. Our purpose is to improve the ability of the CSSF and its implementers to make policy and programme decisions informed by robust evidence. In conflict settings, this can be challenging, as data collection can be tough and the kind of work that the CSSF engages in can be highly sensitive. We overcome these challenges through innovative approaches such as participatory research techniques, theory-based evaluations, and a network of high-quality national and regional consultants.

We work closely with the CSSF teams to build their capacity to better generate, analyse and learn from evidence. We also design and deliver monitoring and evaluation activities that can access hard to reach areas, from community peacebuilding to strategic communications to security programmes.

Our work has been well regarded by the CSSF teams who have used our recommendations to inform strategy and programme design. We continue to engage in innovation, such as evaluating the Fusion Doctrine – a whole-of-government approach – and its contributions to stability at a country level.


Contact Leonora Evans Gutierrez ( if you would like to discuss this project.


Image: Yemen © Credit: Rod Waddington (CC BY-SA 2.0)