The third NAP was created on the basis of lessons learned from the previous two NAPs where civil society and grass root actors gained increasingly active roles in development and implementation.
The third NAP emphasizes the role of inclusive partnerships in the development and implementation of the NAP, stating that ‘While respecting each other’s roles and mandates, we believe that coordination and cooperation between government, knowledge institutions and civil society are mutually beneficial. The inclusive and participatory character of this plan is unique and in itself an excellent illustration of our commitment to realising our shared ambitions’
The overall objective of the third NAP and the specific goals pertaining to this, has been translated into a set of outputs. Each activity will be carried out in several focus countries with the aim of producing an output which contributes to the overall objective of the NAP. The activities are divided into three types of interventions; (1) knowledge sharing, (2) advocacy and (3) joint programming. The focus countries are: Afghanistan, Colombia, The DRC, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Civil society organisations are noted, in collaboration with other actors, as the ‘relevant signatory’ responsible for carrying out the activity to obtain the output corresponding with the activity. For example, the activity ‘Inform government actors in the Netherlands and the focus countries about context-specific best practices and barriers to women’s meaningful participation’ has ‘Civil society organisations (CSOs), knowledge institutions and their local CSO partners’ as the relevant signatories for implementation.
The third NAP describes the signatories from civil society as ‘development, peace, human rights and diaspora organisations that operate at local, regional, national and international level. They are connected with civil society all over the world and have a long tradition of international solidarity in defence of the Women, Peace and Security agenda’. The signatories and external actors will meet at every two months in context-specific forums where the signatories share perspectives on the country situation while working with partner networks, embassies and staff in the region to develop a strategic plan with specific, quantifiable activities. It is also noted, that each signatory will publish an individual pledge on this Action Plan, setting out the organisation’s vision.
NAP Monitoring and Evaluation
The monitoring of the third NAP will be done through a context-specific monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system based on specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) indicators where the Netherlands meet with the focus countries to exchange experiences and knowledge on the implementation of the NAP. The signatories involved with the development and implementation of the NAP will also be part of this process. The NAP has two coordinating partners: the Dutch Gender Platform WO=MEN and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will design the M&E system based on the developed. country strategies.