The overarching Objective of this project is to provide the Resident Coordinator system with evidence-based good practices guides on how to work across the UN system to better prevent conflict. This project will deliver three Outputs towards this Objective:
A 10,000-word “Prevention Good Practices Guide for the Resident Coordinator System” document, resulting from systematic research into past experience in a wide variety of settings, structured interviews with former and present RCs, Peace and Development Advisors and other relevant Country Team and UN Headquarters personnel, and two field visits to RC Offices in relevant non-mission settings (locations to be determined in consultation with DOCO, UNDP, DPA, and PBSO).
A series of ten Case Studies, providing a narrative description of how the RC system worked to prevent conflict (to be delivered alongside the Good Practices Guide, but also as a standalone resource for the UN system)
An expert Workshop in New York, bringing together key UN officials from Headquarters and the field, donors and external experts to discuss the findings of the research, to refine the Good Practices Guide, and to ensure policy uptake.
Together, these Outputs will provide the UN system with evidence-based options on preventive action in non-mission settings, in support of the UN’s three reform agendas. They will provide the UN with concrete insights that can be used in training, induction and guidance materials to improve how the RC system engages to prevent conflict. Beyond the conclusion of the project, UNU-CPR will leverage its strong and ongoing relationships with UNDP, DPA, DOCO, the EOSG, and other parts of the UN system to provide advice and follow-up as needed on the continued uptake of the project’s findings. This will help ensure that over the coming period that the RC system is able to show more clearly tangible improvements on the ground, in support of the SG’s reform initiative.