This report takes a look
at the issue of rapidly deployable civilian capacity - an important sub-set
of the overall early response. The first section, 'A dysfunctional reality,'
examines the state of current plans (national and multilateral) to increase
rapidly deployable civilian capacity for peace operations. The second section,
'A common framework,' identifies a conceptual approach to categorize
tasks undertaken by civilians in post-conflict countries, and proposes
a tiered system of deployment that would address these needs. The third
section, 'Institutional Arrangements,' provides options in terms of structures
that could be used to support this process. Annexes detail the existing
plans of each of the major contributors to civilian deployment; categorize
these according to the system of tiered deployment proposed here; and provide
a taxonomy of types of needs that could be built on in a detailed, shared
assessment - the necessary and as yet unfulfilled starting point for any
serious effort to build effective civilian capacity.