Sustainability of gender transformative approaches
Efforts to sustain NIPN processes, functions and outputs can be divided into the following categories:
• sustainability of NIPN outputs,
• sustainability of relevant human resources.
Sustainability of NIPN outputs
NIPN develops and produces various outputs, either directly or in collaboration with other key players, including briefings, studies, advocacy messages and other type of knowledge generation such as webinars, conferences, trainings, or workshops. NIPN might also produce special outputs in response to a government’s request. Responsibility for some of these functions could be undertaken by multisector-multistakeholder working groups, (e.g., management information system, advocacy and communication; capacity development; policy development; etc.), if these exist.
Such working groups could continue, for example, to select policy questions, undertake data collection and analysis, and produce advocacy and communication materials.
The resources (human and financial) needed to support these working groups could be pooled to favour continuity in functions and tools. To ensure the effectiveness of the working groups they must be well-organised with well-defined terms of reference. These groups could include specific gender-focused goals and experts, activities and outputs to ensure the GTA is integrated, mainstreamed and maintained.
Sustainability of relevant human resources
In order for governments to continue initiatives implemented by NIPN, it may be necessary to maintain human resources, possibly by funding additional civil servant positions, depending on ministry approval. As administrative procedures for this would likely take time, it would be advisable to start the process at least two years in advance to guarantee a smooth transition. The terms of reference of any new position created should include gender-relevant aspects to ensure continued application of the gender perspective and ensure, in the long-term the achievement of GTA in the project activities.