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.
UNHCR organizes an annual workshop for its development partnerships officers, which this year will take place on 13 and 14 February. ISSAT is requested to support through delivery of a key note speech at the session dedicated to ‘Leveraging development partners for engagement with National Governments’. The engaging Government session aims at promoting new thinking for UNHCR staff on how to engage refugee protection agencies (often security institutions) and work with them towards more comprehensive refugee responses in which other institutions (ministries of education, health etc.) increase their role in refugee protection matters. This requires significant cultural change on both the side of UNHCR as well as the side of the national institutions. We would like DCAF-ISSAT to launch the session highlighting experience and lessons from security sector reform processes, notably from their experience of support to their Governing Board Members in Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.
UNDP's Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Unit requested ISSAT in 2018 to conduct the fourth evaluation of their Colombia country evaluation series. This included development of strategic monitoring guidelines for UNDP’s Global Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development.
ISSAT is supporting the Global Programme to achieve its planned results by conducting a series of evaluations that will build an evidence base for the range of interventions conducted under the Global Programme, allow tracking in country progress and help identify good practices from specific implementations, which can then be disseminated and potentially enrich programmes in different countries/ regions.
Meeting of the Heads of Justice and Corrections Components of UN Peace Operations (Meeting), in New York
The objective of the Meeting is twofold: (1) to serve as a forum for the heads of justice and corrections to take stock of strategic and operational developments and to exchange best practices on strengthening the impact of justice and corrections components; and (2) to offer senior field personnel, Member States, Headquarters counterparts, and United Nations partners a platform to explore emerging priorities in the rule of law sector and to share views on how justice and corrections components contribute to conflict prevention and peace sustainment in line with the Secretary-General’s vision.
UNMIL requested ISSAT’s support in taking stock of almost 15 years of deployment in Liberia. This exercise aimed to identify lessons, best practices and areas of innovation from the key outcomes of the support provided by UNMIL’s Rule of Law Pillar – with a focus on :
- service delivery at both central and county level ;
- citizen security and justice ;
- efficiency, integrity and public trust ;
- local ownership and sustainability
The lesson-learning exercise focused on four key areas:
(i) capacity building of state institutions (mentoring, training, and human resources);
(ii) management and regulatory frameworks (law and policy reform, strategic direction, leadership, planning, and various elements of institution building);
(iii) accountability (support to internal, state, and non-state level accountability mechanisms; and
(iv) coordination including support to state-level coordination between institutions in the sector and support to coordination between the state and development partners.
In this regard the exercise considered the strengths and shortcomings of the UNMIL approach, including a review of the evolution of the mandate and its strategic Mission priorities, as well as how the internal organization of UNMIL and the UN (e.g. structures, planning, monitoring, analysis coordination and capacity, and gender mainstreaming aspects) influenced the effectiveness and efficiency of UNMIL support.
The exercise also looked at various stages of the mission:
- immediate post-conflict (re-establishment of state authority)
- drawdown and transition processes.
The target audience for the findings of the report included:
- the United Nations Security Council;
- the UN Secretariat, including DPKO, DPA, PBSO;
- UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes;
- other UN peace operations;
- the Government of Liberia;
- national stakeholders; and
- international partners based in Liberia.
This mandate was conducted in the context of the adoption of its resolution 2333 (2016), authorizing a final extension of the substantive mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to 30 March 2018, and its subsequent liquidation by 30 June 2018.
Principal among UNMIL’s mandate areas has been its extensive engagement in support of rule of law – reform of the justice and security sectors, being the lead international actor supporting these areas since its establishment in 2003, committing significant technical, financial and political resources towards :
- the reform of the national police ;
- the promotion, protection and monitoring of human rights.