The idea driving Resolution to Act is simple: impact requires a results-based approach. Resolution to Act ensures that those seeking to build or strengthen national action plans have the tools and counsel they need. Its innovative methodology is based on four components:
Expertise: The Resolution to Act community of experts will bring together several dozen of the most accomplished, resourceful, and effective leaders in the field of 'women, peace, and security'. They will commit to going anywhere in the world within weeks of request. Each deployment will be unique, tailored to meet the needs of the requesting country: E.g., strategic planning, constitution crafting, inter-agency budgeting, and training for policymakers-all related to elevating women to stop violent conflict. When experts aren't in the field, we'll help them build relationships with policy shapers from the Global North and South to cultivate demand for additional deployments.
Skills: Resolution to Act's leaders will design and implement training and events, both in the US and abroad, to enable policymakers and civil society leaders to better develop and implement NAPs and related policies. We'll also brief members of the community of experts prior to their deployments, as well as offer training on the use of our custom tool for monitoring progress and evaluating impact.
Connectivity: An online learning portal will be the first of its kind in this field. It will allow people working inside and outside government to share effective strategies and priorities and exchange lessons learned. The portal will feature innovative tools, such as peer-to-peer learning and webinars. It will also house a newly-developed tool to monitor and evaluate NAPs.
Impact: Effective NAPs require clear goals and benchmarks. Resolution to Act will develop a cutting-edge monitoring and evaluation tool. This tool will allow governments to measure their own progress and civil society to hold governments accountable. To guarantee that we're reaching the expanding audience of governments, civil society, and others interested in advancing UNSCR 1325, we'll issue an annual report. It will highlight NAP-related activities and progress from Manila to Monrovia, assessing their effectiveness in a highly accessible, engaging format.
Community of Experts: The Resolution to Act community of experts, recruited beginning in late 2012, will consist of several dozen individuals with a highly specialized yet robust range of skills and knowledge. Some members will be very senior (e.g., former ministers), some will be mid-level subject-matter specialists. All will commit to being available for deployment within weeks of request, up to six times in 2013 and 2014. Beginning with our vast global networks, Inclusive Security and its partners will identify top candidates living around the world.
Training, Workshops, and Other Events: Beginning in late 2012, Inclusive Security and its partners will provide training on NAPs and related processes to a wide-range of policymakers and civil society. We will also develop specialized training and other events to prepare our experts for deployment.
Virtual Learning Portal: Through this portal, people will learn new ways to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate NAPs. This will supplement (not replace) community members' in-person interactions, while making these resources available to non-community members. In 2013 we will launch the full website, providing a means of online communication among members of the community of experts and a home for the monitoring and evaluation tool.
Monitoring and Evaluation Tool: The creation of this tool, to be launched in Summer 2013, will galvanize donors to commit more funds, convince countries to improve implementation of their NAPs, and arm civil society with information to hold their governments accountable. Because we will develop it with input from women and men affected by conflict as well as academics and specialists in collecting data, the tool will be practical and sound.
On October 31, 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, transforming the security paradigm to take into account the extraordinary ability of women to prevent, resolve, and stabilize after deadly conflicts. Thirty-eight countries have now developed 'national action plans' to identify and implement critical changes in their practices, policies, and funding. Yet key questions remain. To what extent have these NAPs translated into meaningful actions with measurable impact? Have the NAPs truly been effective in supporting the resolution's goals? How many lives have been saved or improved in the last dozen years as a result of the resolution? To realize the promise of 1325, we must answer these and more questions.
Challenged by the disconnect between the promise of UNSCR 1325 and its poor implementation, the Chair of the Institute for Inclusive Security, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and the board of the Hunt Alternatives Fund (especially her late husband, Charles Ansbacher), brainstormed ideas. The Institute for Inclusive Security's staff built on their creative solutions. Diagrams drawn on flip-chart paper became a robust work plan. Back-of-the-napkin cost estimates became a line-item budget. A seed planted by Ambassador Hunt and the Norwegian government's State Secretary Gry Larsen quickly became Resolution to Act, an exciting initiative to create more sustainable peace through the effective design and implementation of policies worldwide.
Inclusive Security seeks partnership in a number of areas. Fully implementing this robust program will require the support of multiple donors and additional financial resources are still needed. Implementing partners also are vital to success. Specifically, the effectiveness of the monitoring and evaluation tool and the development of the online portal will rely significantly on diverse partners from the Global North and South. This may include organizations or individuals to collect information that can be analyzed and aggregated through the monitoring and evaluation tool, or to provide existing or new best practices and resources for use by the community of experts and posting in the virtual learning portal. In addition, we're seeking in-kind services in all program areas including media and communications, website design, and technical assistance in monitoring and evaluation, training, and security.