We developed the Assessment and Fostering Toolkit Package for systematic tracking, analysis, and further support of Relief and Development Coherence activities. They inform donors, host country governments, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other stakeholders by providing insight into where and when Relief and Development Coherence might be achieved, and through what processes it can best succeed.
The Toolkit Package consists of a series of Assessment Toolkits and a Fostering Toolkit. Each Assessment Toolkit is designed based on the different types of expertise of various stakeholders. The Assessment and Fostering Toolkit Package aims to facilitate dialog between those with knowledge of policies, strategic plans, and operational programs by involving stakeholders in all levels of decision-making. Stakeholders will be able to use the Toolkit Package to evaluate their contributions to Relief and Development Coherence and decide where and in which level(s) they can contribute:
Feasibility Assessment Toolkit - First level of analysis: Answers the question – To what extent does the host country context favor coherence? It targets the host country political economy, governance, aid dependency, and social capacities that impact coherence implementation. At this level of analysis stakeholders can identify where and in what countries Relief and Development Coherence can be more easily achieved. The Feasibility Assessment Toolkit can best serve donors, staff at international NGO HeadQuarters, UN Partners, and or/ other intergovernmental organizations.
Policy Assessment Toolkit - Second level of analysis: Answers the question – What policies are in place to facilitate Relief and Development Coherence? It targets the effectiveness of policies that facilitate Relief and Development Coherence in different levels of governance. For example, across donors, I/NGOs, local and grassroots organizations, and host country governments. Policies include migration policies, international mandates, global compacts, donor requirements, and legal frameworks. The Policy Assessment Toolkit can best serve staff at the host country government, UN partners, and staff at intergovernmental organizations that are most knowledgeable of the policies that impact Relief and Development Coherence and are more likely to change policies.
Strategic Assessment Toolkit - Third level of analysis: Answers the question – What strategies are in place to foster Relief and Development Coherence? It targets formal strategies that facilitate coordination collaboration between humanitarian and development actors including international and national organizations, national and district level governments, ministries, and sectors. The Strategic Assessment Toolkit can best serve the staff at the international NGO HeadQuarters or country offices or the staff in host country governments including government ministries.
Operational Assessment Toolkit - Fourth level of analysis: Answers the question – What Relief and Development Coherence activities are being undertaken and in what circumstances? It targets internal and external organizational mechanisms. This includes localization of resources for integrated programming across I/NGOs and grassroots organizations. The Operational Assessment Toolkit can best serve the program planning, management, and M&E staff at international, national, and local NGOs.By adopting this multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach we hope to facilitate conversations between policymakers, strategic planners, and implementing partners. Using the Assessment Toolkit, one can assess the effectiveness of policies in respect to the implementing strategies and operational outcomes. On the other hand, it will voice the ongoing Relief and Development Coherence activities in the operational level for evidence-based reform.
The Fostering Toolkit serves all stakeholders to promote Relief and Development Coherence across policies, strategies, and operational activities associated with the assessment metrics.