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SDDirect evaluates UK’s National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security

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We are pleased to announce that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published a baseline evaluation of the UK’s 2014-2017 National Action Plan (NAP) on Women Peace and Security conducted by Social Development Direct.

The evaluation, which took place in the first half of 2015, was led by our in-house team of researchers in the field of gender, conflict sensitivity and security.  It looked in particular at the work the UK is undertaking on women, peace and security in six conflict-affected countries; Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Syria.

The evaluation focused on what is working in the UK’s Women, Peace and Security programming and policy engagement, as well as the role of the NAP in driving UK policy, particularly with regard to working in conflict affected states. We were pleased to report that in the first year of the NAP the UK was found to be undertaking a range of strategic, diverse and thoughtfully implemented programmes aimed at supporting the women, peace and security agenda.  However the evaluation team were also interested to note that there was little evidence to suggest that the NAP was the driving force behind these initiatives.

Based on these findings the evaluation made the following recommendations:

  • Work on the UK’s post-2017 NAP should begin early
  • WPS concerns should be institutionalised by including them in departmental strategies.
  • A review should be undertaken of the PSVI
  • Training and capacity building on WPS should be made more widely available to HMG staff
  • There should be a greater focus on the underlying causes of WPS such as social norms rather than just responding to the symptoms.

SDDirect is currently undertaking the mid-term evaluation of the NAP in which it is focusing on the opportunities for a post-2017 NAP, drawing on the experiences of international experts and best practice worldwide.

The full report can be found in our Publications section.

About the UK National Action Plan

The UK National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) 2014-2017 is intended as the realisation of the UK Government’s commitment to put women and girls at the centre of efforts on conflict transformation, peace and stability, in line with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The NAP is jointly owned by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), with cross-departmental contribution from the Stabilisation Unit (SU).


Photo Credit: Mark Reidy (Women in Afghan Refugee Camp, 2010)