Rapid Deployment of Civilians for Peace Operations: Status, Gaps, and Options

from Center on International Cooperation
Published on 01 Apr 2009
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.