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DPPA 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

In January 2020, DPPA launched its new Strategic Plan for 2020-2022, the first since the restructuring of the peace and security pillar. Complemented by a joint vision of the UN Peace and Security Pillar, DPPA’s Strategic Plan is guided by a holistic approach to the overriding goals of prevention and sustaining peace.

The Strategic Plan builds on the General Assembly approved Programme Plan and was developed in close consultation with Member States, UN field presences, and DPPA leadership and staff, both at Headquarters and in the field.

Meant as a practical guide for DPPA to focus on key medium-term priorities, the Plan comprises five elements:

The new Plan incorporates the lessons learned from the evaluation of the previous Strategic Plan (2016-2019) and comprises three goals involving seven inter-related strategic objectives. 


Theory of Change

DPPA’s Strategic Plan is based on the following Theory of Change: 

If DPPA deploys the full range of its resources based on cross-cutting analysis, in collaboration with others within the UN system and in partnerships with regional, national, and local stakeholders, drawing on an internal culture shaped by a commitment to learning and innovation, it will contribute to the prevention and resolution of violent conflict and to sustainable peace.


Implementation of the Strategic Plan

Divisional work plans bring the Strategic Plan to life. Divisions use the work plans to translate the medium-term objectives of the Plan into annual priorities. As a key management tool, divisional work plans are used as a basis for regular reporting on how the Department is performing against the goals set out in the Strategic Plan. 


Monitoring and reporting 

DPPA’s Strategic Plan is accompanied by a Results Framework to assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the Department’s performance in the period 2020-2022. The Results Framework not only allows tracking of results but also supports horizontal coherent planning across all DPPA divisions. DPPA’s contribution to conflict prevention and sustaining peace is measured through key performance indicators. The new Results Framework introduces qualitative questions for the first time, which will help better capture its impact in conflict prevention, peacemaking peacebuilding and sustaining peace. Through mid-year and annual reviews, DPPA will track progress against qualitative and quantitative indicators, which will allow to make any necessary corrections. 

In addition to internal monitoring, DPPA also tracks recommendations stemming from evaluations and audits from several external oversight bodies such as the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), and the UN Board of Auditors. 



Central to the Secretary-General’s reforms is enhanced effectiveness of mandate delivery, improved transparency and strengthened accountability for results. The reform places emphasis on senior management leadership to strengthen the UN’s accountability mechanisms, support results-based management and build a strong culture of self-evaluation. To that end, DPPA is committed to ensure that results-based management and self-evaluations are embedded in our work. 

For accountability and learning purposes, the Department conducts several evaluative exercises such as After-Action Reviews, Lessons Learned studies and self-evaluations. All evaluations and lessons learned studies are conducted as per the Department’s annual Learning and Evaluation Plan.

As a member of the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG), the Department adheres to its norms and standards. In sprit of transparency, the Department will be systematically disseminating executive summaries of its self-evaluations and lessons learned studies, if sharing of full reports is not feasible. The Department also commits to tracking the implementation of all of the recommendations stemming from its self-evaluations. 

A DPPA-DPO joint Peace and Security Pillar Guidance Development and Learning Steering Committee (GLDSC) serves as the governing mechanism to implement DPPA’s evaluation policies, review priorities for evaluation exercises and monitor implementation of recommendations emanating from self-evaluations in DPPA.