2014 NAP Academy

Inclusive Security is committed to strengthening the National Action Plan (NAP) community and facilitating shared learning between government and civil society representatives around the globe.

On July 22-25, 2014, we partnered with Cordaid and the University of Nairobi to host a symposium on “Maximizing Impact of Women, Peace, and Security Policies in Africa.” Over 120 government and civil society experts from across Africa shared their experiences designing and implementing national gender strategies for women, peace, and security.

Now, Inclusive Security is partnering with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, under former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s No Ceilings initiative, to create the first-ever NAP Academy. This ongoing series of convenings is a platform for NAP designers and implementers around the world to review global progress, learn from each other, find ways to ensure better implementation, and inspire other countries to elevate the role of women in security and peace processes.

NAP Academy Launch and First Series of Technical Sessions

The NAP Academy will launch on December 3, 2014, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton will deliver keynote remarks examining how NAPs can advance women’s participation in peace and security efforts worldwide. The inaugural Academy will include delegations from eight countries that are currently implementing or have recently adopted NAPs. Secretary Clinton, along with high-level delegation heads and other global leaders working on this agenda, will discuss the military’s role in bolstering women’s inclusion.

After the expert morning session, the Academy will shift to two days of technical workshops for the eight country delegations comprised of government and civil society representatives. In small groups, with guidance from Inclusive Security staff, delegates will strengthen their capacity to design and implement NAPs for maximum impact. At the end of two days, they will have a clear picture of the areas of success and the persistent gaps in their strategy’s implementation. They will commit to five concrete actions to take when they return to their home countries that will further their country’s progress on the women, peace, and security agenda and move us all closer to a global standard of inclusion.