InterWorks developed training materials for and conducted the first inter-institutional training in Post-Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) from June 6-11, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Thirty-five senior staff members from across the UN system, including from the African Development Bank, the European Commission, UNDG agencies, the UN Secretariat and the World Bank, participated.
The one-week workshop was highly participatory by design and included briefings, presentations, panel discussions and simulations, with participants learning more on PCNA methodology, cross-cutting issues such as environment, HIV/AIDS and gender. Two new tools developed under the auspices of the “PCNA Project” were also presented at the workshop—the Conflict Analysis for Prioritization Toolkit and the outline of the Capacity Assessment Toolkit.
The PCNA Expert Practitioners Workshop brought together staff, with substantial experience in working in post-conflict and transitional settings, to begin assembling a cadre of trained practitioners to be deployed on short-notice to lead and facilitate future in-country PCNA exercises.
The participation of senior-level staff from so many institutions demonstrates the commitment of all of us to get better in assisting countries in devising an efficient and impact-oriented recovery plan. All of us need to keep getting better at working together, as it is only together we can make a difference, and it is our ‘togetherness’ that brings strength and credibility to the PCNA process.– Workshop participant