National Action Plan


The first step toward a high-impact NAP is an inclusive design process. Conducting an inclusive design process, including consultation with civil society, stimulates efficient coordination and communication, builds political will, and bolsters the plan’s chances of success. In addition, NAP designers must carefully consider the results they hope to achieve through the plan—developing a monitoring and evaluation plan is a critical part of designing a high-impact NAP.
Subtopics: Building Political Will - Conducting a Problem Analysis - Facilitating Inclusive Processes - Identifying Resources - Planning and Strategy



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Leveraging the Women, Peace and Security Plan

This article analyzes New Zealand's then-draft national action plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. It praises the plan's strong points—it's focus on increasing and equipping women peacebuilders in conflict prevention efforts, for example—and offers three suggestions of areas to strengthen prior to the plan's release.

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Inclusive Security

What Matters Most: Measuring Plans for Inclusive Security

Assessing progress and evaluating results are essential to effectively implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325. To provide methodological and practical tools, Inclusive Security launched this monitoring and evaluation (M&E) guide in 2014. It includes an overview of key processes and required resources to establish an M&E system for national action plans and offers examples that demonstrate how to apply the tools presented throughout the guide.

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Financing for the Implementation of National Action Plans on UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Cordaid and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders released this report in October 2014 as a follow-up to their previous joint publication, “Costing and Financing 1325,” from 2011. It’s structured around seven findings of a financing survey of the 42 countries with NAPs as of July 2013. It also features in-depth case studies from Burundi, Chile, Nepal, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone.

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Leveraging UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans for Local Change: Civil Society Opportunities in the MENA Region

Civil society play a critical role in advocating for and designing a country's national action plan design process. In 2014, the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom compiled examples of civil society engagement throughout NAP design, implementation, and monitoring from eight NAP countries across the globe in order to equip women's groups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with global lessons learned to apply to their own advocacy planning.

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Inclusive Security

Nairobi Symposium: Maximizing Impact of Women, Peace, and Security Policies in Africa

In July 2014, Inclusive Security—along with partners Cordaid and the University of Nairobi—held a three-day event in Nairobi, Kenya aimed at exploring the work underway on the African continent in the field of women, peace, and security. 121 government and civil society representatives from 15 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa came together and, through a series of plenary and small-group workshop sessions, shared best practices and lessons learned on effectively implementing, monitoring, and evaluating national action plans for UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

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Inclusive Security

Africans Mobilize for Women, Peace, and Security

The Nairobi Symposium, held in July 2014, convened 120 civil society and government leaders from 16 Africa countries. Attendees shared best practices on national action plan implementation, including design, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation.

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Palestine Civil Society Builds Awareness on 1325 and Garners Support for Its Implementation

Following a regional seminar on gender in conflict held in Amman in April 2014, Women Media and Development (TAM), the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and the Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development (PWWSD) held a series of four workshops throughout the West Bank from April to May to raise awareness of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, define national priorities for its implementation, and establish collaboration among key stakeholders. Over 200 government, civil society, and local group representatives—women and men—participated in total.

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Moving Forward: Recommendations for the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Womenkind Worldwide, the UK’s leading women’s rights organization, published this report in February 2014 in anticipation of the UK’s third revision of its national action plan in June 2014. It recommends ways to further integrate UN Security Council Resolution 1325 into policy and programming and keep momentum on women, peace, and security issues.

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