UK National Action Plan: GAPS’ Response
In February 2023 GAPS welcomed the UK Government’s latest, fifth, National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. GAPS is launching the GAPS Response to the UK’s 5th NAP, our response to the 2023-2027 UK NAP. The response outlines GAPS’ reflections both on the NAP itself and implementation, including ongoing development of the UK Government’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plan. GAPS remains encouraged by the process in developing the NAP, particularly the consultative nature of it. GAPS welcomes the recognition that a domestic approach is beneficial to the overall commitment to WPS in the NAP, the cross-government approach, senior support and dedication of the team developing the NAP as well as the recognition of civil society as key strategic partner. GAPS believes that the omission of an MEL framework during drafting of the NAP was a missed opportunity, but is encouraged by discussions on its development since the launch and is looking forward to a robust NAP MEL framework. GAPS will continue to encourage the UK Government to increase funding for Women, Peace and Security and to support Women’s Rights Organisations (WROs), Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs), peacebuilders and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS). GAPS will also continue to support the UK Government in strengthening its focus on the prevention pillar of Women, Peace and Security to move towards a comprehensive approach to conflict prevention.