For more than a decade, the UN and other agencies have promoted National Actions Plans (NAPs) in order to best realise the objectives of UNSCR 1325. To date, 60 countries, including many that are currently in the process of recovering from conflict, have taken up the challenge to create a NAP. Drawing upon evidence directly sourced in both Liberia and Sierra Leone, this paper will assess whether NAPs offer the best solution for implementing UNSCR 1325 in post-conflict contexts. It will examine whether a basic “one size fits all” approach is the best option for the actual delivery of the resolution's objectives, and it will further discuss the policy implications and the impact on practice brought about by the implementation of such plans. In particular, it will consider options for localisation and local ownership; evaluate strategies to strengthen implementation, coordination, and accountability; and reflect upon the financing difficulties faced by post-conflict States.
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