||This recommendation is accepted. As mentioned in the response to the first recommendation, UN Women Guidance Note on capacity development will build on the UNDG approach to capacity development, reflecting a systemic approach drawing from UN Women’s and partners good practices and lessons learnt and seek transformative change to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment framed by UN Women’s Strategic Plan.
The guidance will draw on organizational good practices and clarify the three levels (individual, institutional and enabling environment level) for capacity development, their interaction, and how engagement at all three levels is needed for sustainable change. The UN Women Strategic Plan; the Impact areas theories of change; and UN Women gender equality accelerators will both feed into UN Women’s capacity development approach and be strengthened by a more standardized and strategic approach.
As noted earlier, rather than proposing a one size fits all framework that could limit work in the wide diversity of contexts, the proposed way forward seeks to create a flexible framework that can be adjusted with concrete quality assurance criteria and mechanisms. The monitoring and evaluation framework, aligned with the SP IRRF will permit localization and co creation of interventions with partners to strengthen ownership and sustainability.
Following the development and launch of the guidance note, a socialization process including webinars and cross regional knowledge sharing initiatives will strengthen understanding by all country, regional and headquarters offices of the capacity development approach and ensure a standardized implementation.
The guidance note will build on the work across UN Women Strategic Plan, especially Systemic Outcome 1 and 5; the UN Women Training Centre, among others.