STRATEGY/METHODOLOGICAL "3 STEP APPROACH"
The UN Country Team Montenegro (UNCT) will conduct the consultations in a three-step process:
1. Mapping, Research
We conducted a rapid mapping of all forms and linkages between different formal (MDG progress monitoring, for instance) and informal participatory monitoring for accountability mechanisms, as well as how accountability systems work in the country. The mapping phase resulted in development of a Report on existing forms and mechanisms for participatory monitoring for accountability
, along with pros and cons on each mechanism as well as relevant recommendations.
Timeline: May/mid June 2014
2. Accountability check
We will stimulate a wide engagement of people, including the “voiceless” groups, in order to generate their feedbacks based on personal experiences as well as findings of the Mapping exercise. In order to do this, the UN Montenegro will initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue about existing experiences and exchange of relevant information and knowledge, with the participation of nongovernmental and Government partners. In cooperation with the same partners from the first Post-2015 phase, the UN will pursue citizens’ opinion through two forms of dialogue:
On line questionnaires via official Post-2015 web platform
The “accountability check” aims to draw attention on each and every priority identified in the first phase of the post-2015 consultations, through the following lenses:
What are the concrete channels through which citizens and non-citizens can express their voices and demands, and are able to hold duty-bearers accountable?
Do men and women, young/elderly, and other marginalized groups access these 'communication' channels differently?
Do institutions (particularly service delivery institutions) and government officials have the capacity to adequately respond and be accountable?
Exploring any new/innovative approaches which may be suggested as suitable.
All inputs from various consultative meetings and discussions will feed into an analytical report which the UN Montenegro will develop with relevant national partners and submit to the UN Development Group in July.
Timeline: mid June/mid July 2014
Testing the functioning of a nationally appropriate participatory monitoring mechanism on one specific thematic area 1) either one of priority issues by identified by people living in Montenegro during the first phase of the Post 2015 consultations or 2) one of 3 MDG goals which Montenegro will not achieve by 2015. In this regard, the topic of employment and environmental protection were discussed with national partners. The first and second step of the overall process will crystallize the exact topic for testing a specific tool of participatory monitoring for accountability.
Using innovations, concrete ways will also be pursued for integrating participatory monitoring for accountability into the context of global post-2015 discussions. The testing will be carried out using social media channels and already developed online platform wused as a hub for the first phase of the Post 2015 consultations in 2013.
Timeline: mid July/September 2014