by Katrina Leclerc
Predictable and adequate funding is a necessary condition for effective implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women and Peace and Security (WPS). Yet, seventeen years after the Resolution was adopted, only 16 out of the 68 existing National Action Plans (NAPs) have dedicated funding for implementation. One of the reasons behind this is the lack of funding for the implementation of the WPS agenda.
However, another reason is the lack of capacity to examine and identify domestic sources of funding and systematically allocate that to NAP implementation. Cognizant of this gap, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) developed the Manual on Costing and Budgeting National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325. The manual provides practical guidance on costing and budgeting NAPs on UNSCR 1325 that can be tailored to specific national contexts. It explains how costing and budgeting NAPs facilitate the efficient mobilization and allocation of financial resources. It also presents strategies on how gender-responsive budgeting can be used to guarantee funding for NAP implementation. It analyzes how costing and budgeting of NAPs allows the money to be moved on two levels: nationally, by eliciting more concrete budgetary commitments from the governments and improving accountability; and, internationally, by making it easier for governments and civil society to apply and advocate for more funding and for donors to commit funds.
The manual is based on GNWP’s experiences in facilitating NAP Costing and Budgeting workshops in Georgia, Jordan, and Nepal. It is accompanied by a training video taken during those workshops. In her Foreword for the manual, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, highlighted that it will contribute to advanc[ing] the implementation of the recommendations from the 2015 Global Study on UNSCR 1325.
The production of the manual was supported by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund’s knowledge-management component. Its publication highlights the coherence in efforts to mobilize resources for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the supporting resolutions.
The manual was launched on October 27, 2017 at the UN Women Headquarters in partnership with Cordaid, UN Women and the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.
To watch GNWP’s video on the NAP Costing and Budgeting Manual, click here.
Katrina Leclerc is the Coordinator of GNWP’s Girl Ambassadors for Peace program. She served as the Production Coordinator for the NAP Costing and Budgeting manual.