Civilian Capacities and Non-Governmental Rosters
The United Nations Peace Building Support Office (PBSO), in the context of the Review of International Civilian Capacities, has approached the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) to conduct a study on civilian capacities within the non-governmental roster community.
There is broad agreement that the UN needs greater ability to leverage a global and diverse pool of expertise to be more responsive to the needs of countries emerging from conflict.
The report, entitled 'Civilian Capacities and Non-Governmental Rosters', identifies and maps the scope and status of the civilian capacities within NGO civilian rosters over the three-year period 2007-2009. The findings of the study shed light on the wide range of civilian capacity and the high degree of specialization within the NGO civilian rosters. This study found that this capacity can be better used by the UN for peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations. Improved linkages among NGO rosters, governmental rosters, the training community and those responsible for recruitment in the UN system could result in a far more effective utilization of the available civilian capacity.
The study was undertaken under the auspices of the Training for Peace in Africa Programme with the support of Norway.