By Alexandra Rojas
(Visual: Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre)
Civil society has always been essential in developing effective and balanced National Action Plans (NAPs). In pursuit of the same goal, WILPF’s partners in Australia, the Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security and the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre, recently launched the fourth civil society report card on the 2012-2018 Australian NAP. This report provides a set of recommendations on how to update the next Australian NAP, which is due for release in 2019. Highlighting that civil society can enhance every stage of the NAP process, including its design, implementation, governance and evaluation, our partners have specifically encouraged the Government of Australia and others to formalise the relationship with civil society and develop a strong Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework.
This work is of crucial importance as Member States continue developing and implementing their NAPs. In the first quarter 2017, for example, there have been several developments in Member States’ implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000). The Czech Republic recently launched its NAP for a period of three years (2017-2020) in January, 2017; Montenegro announced the launch of a one-year NAP (2017-2018) in February, 2017; and Nigeria announced its revised NAP in May, 2017. Moving forward, it is important to ensure that Member States create dedicated spaces for civil society partnership for development and implementation of NAPs, while providing holistic and well sourced funds with clear leadership and accountability for implementation.
Find WILPF analysis of the Czech Republic’s National Action Plan here>>
Read more about Nigeria’s updated National Action Plan here>>.
Read more about the Montenegro’s National Action Plan here>>
Read Fourth Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan here>>