This project is to support the translation of some of the core political commitments of A4P into a set of viable, effective policies and practice. The overarching goal of the programme is to offer the UN and its partners clear, evidence-based approaches for facilitating political resolutions to conflict, along with a rigorous methodology for assessing the impact of political interventions. Its two main deliverables are:
A Practice Note on Political Engagement for UN Peace Operations (15-20 pages)Drawing on reviews of peace operations, interviews with key stakeholders and a comparison across different settings, this project will develop a practice note describing how mission leaders have translated broad political language into political engagement strategies, mission concepts, and approaches across the UN family in-country, offering recommendations and resources for decision-making. This note will also include a section on “managing up,” describing how mission leaders have worked with the Security Council to define their mandates in the political sphere and engage politically with the UN Secretariat, the Council, and key member states throughout deployment. The analysis will include how gender can influence political engagement by UN mission leadership and how mission leaders have sought to ensure their political engagement has been gender-sensitive and gender-inclusive.
An Assessment Framework for Political Engagement in Peace Operations (15-20 pages) Drawing on existing methodologies in the social sciences and the development fields, CPR will develop a broad framework with key metrics for peace operations to evaluate their political engagement. This will be compatible with the ongoing efforts to roll out the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System, but will offer a more tailored set of metrics on political impact and effectiveness. This framework offers a rigorous methodology for evaluating and reporting on political engagement, meeting the A4P obligations to report on impact, while also allowing the UN system to learn from its own practice via evidence-based processes. The assessment framework will include methods for analyzing whether peace operations’ political engagement is gender-inclusive and addresses both women’s and men’s priorities in political processes.
These deliverables will be discussed, validated and finalized via an expert workshop, to be co-hosted by UNU-CPR and Stimson. The project will take place over an 7-month period, from 1 December 2019 through 1 July 2020.