Building Accountability for Implementation of Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security

Financing for the Implementation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325: Critical for Advancing Women's Human Rights, Peace and Security

Authored by: Natalie Raaber

Categories: The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, National Action Plans, UN Resolutions
Region: No Region
Year: 2013
Citation: Raaber, Natalie. "Financing for the Implementation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325: Critical for Advancing Women’s Human Rights, Peace and Security." Cordaid, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, 2013.

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Executive Summary

This report summarizes the findings of a survey sent to the 42 Member States with National Action Plans (as of July 2013) on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The survey lays out the landscape of NAP financing practices and details the diverse range of financing approaches taken by governments as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Key findings, culled from the 25 Member States that replied, include:
1. The majority of governments do not earmark funding for either the development or the implementation of NAP 1325.
2. The origin and sustainability of financing for NAP 1325 implementation varies greatly, with implications for tracking, monitoring, and accountability.
3. Many governments finance NAP 1325 implementation based on (shifting) national priorities and do not fund all pillars equally or adequately.
4. Tracking and monitoring mechanisms for NAP implementation are often inadequate.
5. The majority of governments do not employ gender responsive budgeting and, of those that do, specific funding for NAP 1325 implementation is generally not a result.
6. The critical role of civil society – including particularly women’s human rights organizations, networks, and movements – in NAP development and implementation is neither adequately recognized nor supported.
7. There is significant government interest in the role of the private sector in NAP 1325 implementation.
8. There is an expressed interest in contributing to funding a Multi-Stakeholder Financing Mechanism (similar to a basket fund) for NAP implementation. Based on the findings above, the paper concludes with recommendations for governments, civil society, the United Nations, and other stakeholders on financing NAP implementation.