UN/AU Transition in Darfur-Lessons Identification on Rule of Law and Human Rights Assistance

01/10/2019 - 31/12/2020

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The United Nations - African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur  (UNAMID) has requested DCAF-ISSAT to lead a joint lesson identification on the support provided by the Mission and the United Nations Country Team through the State Liaison Function (SLF) modality in the areas of rule of law and human rights, in the framework of Mission transition in Darfur. This collaborative project between UNAMID, DCAF-ISSAT, OROLSI, OHCHR, and the DPPA-DPO-UNDP Joint Transition Project will document good practice, lessons and innovation deriving from the implementation of the  SLF as a new programmatic tool to operationalize a whole-of-system transition. The latter aims to contribute towards sustainable solutions to the critical drivers of conflict in order to avoid relapse, and recognises the need for an inclusive strategy, therefore fostering engagement of the Government, the United Nations country team, civil society partners and international actors to prepare for UNAMID’s envisaged exit.

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Mandate outputs / products

  1. One short (10-15 page) inception report, outlining the background, context, methodology, and key questions to be pursued during the mission in Sudan, emerging from the documental review, preliminary interviews, and interactions in New York with key UN HQ interlocutors.
  2. One final report detailing key findings, documenting good practice and lessons identified on the SLF, including potential recommendations in the context of the upcoming UN/AU presence in Darfur and Sudan more widely, as well as for other multilateral and bilateral partners engaging in security, justice, and human rights assistance in the country going forward.
  3. A dedicated webpage for the lessons will be created within ISSAT’s website, similarly to UNMIL’s lessons identification, reaching a wider audience amongst practitioners, researchers, and academics. The final report and links to the dedicated ISSAT webpage will also be included in the Peacekeeping Resource Hub with support from DPET.
  4. A good practice note, based on the key contributions from the analysis report.

Outcome objectives of mandate

  1. Contribute to timely learning by UN staff in integrated mission settings undergoing transitions or nearing this stage (e.g. DRC, Mali, CAR), and provide recommendations for improvement of the SLF modality within transition planning and implementation.
  2. Contribute to inform the UN-AU and partners’ design of post-UNAMID presence and continued support to Justice, Security, and Human Rights delivery in Darfur/Sudan.
  3. Inform the overall intra-UN system’ learning and improvement of whole-of-system approaches on transition planning, management and implementation.

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