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19:19:43, Tuesday, 24 May 2016
The Civilian Capacities initiative - “CivCap” - is a UN system-wide effort to deliver stronger support to institution-building in countries emerging from conflict or crisis.


CivCap is about applying three lessons we have learned from post-conflict recovery:

  1. Strong national institutions are central to preventing relapse into conflict.  National ownership of institution-building priorities is indispensable. 
  2. South-South cooperation has a special role.  Countries from the global South often have knowledge and expertise from their own experience of conflict, democratic transition or building capacities for conflict prevention.  Sharing this can be of great practical value to countries facing similar challenges. 
  3. Support to institution-building should focus on strengthening and integrating UN assistance in the five key capacity gap areas most often linked to risk of relapse into conflict:
         •    Inclusive political processes 
         •    Basic safety and security
         •    Justice
         •    Economic revitalization
         •    Public administration

CAPMATCH is an online platform that matches capacity providers and requesters in these five areas.  Click here to visit. 

CivCap Team News

Enhancing the deployment of rule of law expertise from the global South

The Civilian Capacities Network, a research partnership that brings together national institutes with expertise in peacebuilding research from the global South, organized a workshop aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding on the United Nations modality of Government Provided Personnel (GPP) for the deployment of civilian expertise. The workshop was focused particularly on the use of GPP for addressing rule of law capacity needs expressed by UN Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions.

The Civcap team participated by providing context on the importance of civilian expertise found within governments for early institution-building efforts and gave examples of current capacity needs across UN missions in the rule of law sector.

The workshop was supported by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia, on 24th – 25th June 2013.  Participation included the United Nations Secretariat and government and non-governmental officials from Russia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Norway, Turkey and South Africa.

The workshop provided better understanding of civilian deployment modalities and identified potential capacities of justice and correctional expertise among the Member States.

Civilian Capacity: Enhancing the Deployment of Rule of Law Expertise
Moscow, 24-25 June 2013

Role of NGOs in building civilian capacities in the Arab region

In connection with the 11th Sectoral Meeting between the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations (Cairo, 11-12 June 2013), LAS hosted an expert-level workshop at its headquarters in Cairo, which focused on the role of NGOs in building civilian capacities in the aftermath of conflict.

The aim of the workshop was to explore opportunities for greater regional cooperation and coordination between Member State governments and regional civil society actors in responding to regional challenges, including the identification and deployment of civilian expertise from within the region.  The Civcap team presented on the importance of civilian capacities for post-conflict/ transition institution building and capacity development.

Participants included representatives from LAS Member States, regional NGOs, and academics and subject matter experts.


Workshop on the role of NGOs in building civilian capacities in the Arab region
Cairo, 13 June 2013