In order to operationalize the ISSSS, priority interventions have been planned and coordinated by the ISSSS Technical Secretariat, whose primary responsibility is to oversee the implementation of the ISSSS, including the management of the Stabilization Coherence Fund (SCF), the alignment process, the provision of technical advice and conflict analysis as well as the overall monitoring and evaluation of the ISSSS.
Financial support has been provided by bilateral partners and the Peacebuilding Fund. Implementing partners include UN agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations and MONUSCO.
Stabilization Coherence Fund
In 2016 the Stabilization Coherence Fund (SCF) received a total of 30.3 million USD. Donors included the UN Peacebuilding Fund, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Norway.
UN Peacebuilding Fund 12 million USD
The United Kingdom 8.3 million USD
Sweden 5 million USD
The Netherlands 4 million USD
Norway 1 million USD
Call for proposals
By end of 2017 a new call for proposals will be launched for the Beni Priority Zone (North Kivu). More details will follow soon.
Alignment process and criteria
The programs funded by the SCF only represent a fraction of the interventions implemented under ISSSS, while the bulk of ISSSS interventions are implemented through bilaterally funded projects. The programming starts with the mapping of bilaterally funded projects that are marked as ‘aligned’ or ‘alignable’ to the ISSSS, which means they adhere to its principles and follow strategies closely linked with the approach and vision of the ISSSS. The SCF is designed in a way that brings coherence to what is already happening on the ground. The alignment process is a critical step in realizing the ISSSS as donors and partners increasingly recognize the need to have a common approach to stabilization.
The alignment of bilaterally funded projects follows five criteria and a process that has been approved by the Donor Stabilization Forum, which brings together and coordinates all donors involved in stabilization in the DRC. The ISSSS Secretariat and strictly follow these criteria when evaluating a project and have noted that the process is most efficient when all stakeholders involved have a strong understanding of the ISSSS.
The alignment criteria:
- Based on a gender-sensitive conflict analysis, the project targets one or more main conflict dynamics identified in the stabilization zones;
- Conflict actors (women, youth, and men) are at the center of the transformation process of the main conflict dynamics identified in the priority zone;
- The project strengthens the collaboration between the State, traditional authorities, and women, youth, and men in the transformation of one or more main conflict dynamics identified in the stabilization zone;
- The project strengthens the participation of women and female youth in the transformation of one or more conflict dynamics identified in the zone through addressing structural and sociocultural barriers;
- The project contributes to the implementation of solutions identified by conflict actors themselves as a result of an inclusive process of negotiation and dialogue.
Aligned projects are considered to be direct contributions to the ISSSS; as such, high importance is placed on the coordination of these projects with the ISSSS Secretariat as well as other implementing partners in Priority Zones, along with the sharing of monitoring data with the M&E cell. A coherent approach and joint data collection and monitoring is essential to realizing and showing the impact on stabilization in Eastern DRC that is expected in this second phase of the ISSSS implementation.
Monitoring & Evaluation Framework
The M&E Strategy contains the ISSSS log frame and describes the roles and responsibilities for data collection, analysis and capacity building of different stakeholders in the ISSSS monitoring system. The first version of the M&E strategy of the ISSSS was finalized in June 2016 after several rounds of consultations with SSU Staff and other key stakeholders.
The M&E cell established within SSU is providing technical guidance on M&E related issues to the implementing partners and supports the harmonization of log frames of the newly aligned projects with the log frame of the ISSSS. The M&E cell drafted harmonization guidelines to support this function in the alignment and the call for proposals processes.
The M&E cell also started working on the establishment of an online database and knowledge management platform. This platform will contain all the data collected to monitor the ISSSS implementation and the observed changes in stabilization-related conditions on the ground. The platform will also give an overview of the different projects that are either already being implemented or are in the pipeline and it will also track the overall progress of the ISSSS. In addition, the platform will offer an overview of documents that are produced by MONUSCO and partners relevant to the ISSSS.
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