Working together in crisis, post-crisis and transition countries
In response to a request made by the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee on 23 July 2008, recommendations were developed for enhanced capacity of resident coordinators in crisis and post-crisis countries. These recommendations were approved by the United Nations Development Group on 2 June 2009 and by the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee on 1 December 2009. During the reporting period, several million dollars were raised for this initiative, and the first allocations were made in early 2010 to seven countries. The purpose of this enhanced capacity is to ensure coordination, strategic planning and programming in critical recovery areas, including at the subnational level. To help multidimensional United Nations field presences establish improved coordination structures and develop strategic frameworks, the United Nations Development Group, in collaboration with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Political Affairs, organized a system-wide training session on the integrated mission planning process and strategic planning for over 100 planning officers in United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions and resident coordinator offices during the reporting period. In addition, UNDG assisted in the development of the integrated mission planning process guidelines, was engaged in the development of the Secretary-General’s report on peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict, and supported the rollout of integrated strategic frameworks in several crisis and post-crisis countries. The revised toolkit for the post-conflict needs assessment was launched, and a training programme for post-conflict needs assessment practitioners was designed.