Beyond UN Subcontracting: Task-Sharing with Regional by Thomas G. Weiss

Beyond UN Subcontracting: Task-Sharing with Regional by Thomas G. Weiss

By Thomas G. Weiss

Past UN Subcontracting: Task-Sharing with local defense preparations and Service-Providing NGOs sheds gentle, via a sequence of post-Cold warfare case reviews, on no matter if one United countries' efforts either to devolve accountability for protection to neighborhood associations and the supply of a few in their providers to foreign nongovernmental businesses are a step towards or clear of higher worldwide governance. The instances are designed to discover styles of interplay and to supply classes for the long run.

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Governments tend to be extremely sensitive about what national civil servants perceive as avoidance or interference with legitimate authority. NGO operations in connection with a UN programme therefore can involve long, detailed negotiations aimed at dispelling novelty and ignorance and setting operational modes and forestalling difficulties about the application of authority. Consequently, working out standard, model memoranda of understanding (MOU) for use among UN organizations, potential recipient countries and prospective NGO subcontractors could perhaps streamline wasteful procedures and unnecessary frictions.

Third, instead of containing and terminating domestic conflict, regionalism can also prolong and intensify it. By strengthening the hand of the government, as for example in Burma, regional support increases the persecution and insecurity of groups seeking political change. For the most part, international actors and dynamics, including those at the regional level, will have only an indirect impact and will be relevant only to the extent that they influence the domestic political discourse and affect the power resources of the domestic contestants.

But this logic may be negated by other considerations. Acceptability. This is a crucial consideration for non-acceptance by one or more parties to the conflict will undermine the potential of an operation. As regional institutions are close to a conflict and their members are likely to have vested interests, it is difficult for them to remain impartial, at least for any length of time. Consequently they may be less acceptable to one of more parties to the conflict. Institutional capacity. The organizational capacity to make decisions and implement them is critical.

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