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PCNA Guidance

The PCNA Guidelines (comprised of two documents The Practical Guide for Multilateral Needs Assessments in Post-Conflict Situations and The Operational Note on Transitional Results Matrices) were developed jointly by the UNDG, UNDP and the World Bank and with support from GTZ based on needs assessments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia. It was finalized and disseminated to UNCTs between 2004 and 2005. Since then, PCNAs have been completed in Haiti and Sudan and initiated in Somalia and Darfur. Following these recent evolutions of the PCNA, and a UN/Bank Roundtable on PCNAs held in December 2005, it became clear that there was a need for a review and revision of the available guidance to incorporate lessons and best practices to improve future PCNA exercises. The PCNA Review, conducted in 2006, identified gaps that must be filled in the PCNA guidance in order to meet strategic challenges.

The PCNA Guidelines have since been revised into a common Guidance Note on PCNAs and TRFs, which aims to combine the key elements of the two original documents (the PCNA Practical Guide and TRF Operational Note) to provide a clearer, more articulate link between the assessment process and the strategic and selective results framework that emerges from it. The Joint Guidance Note is available online with the expectation that revisions will continue with additional consultations and practical application in the field. The Joint Guidance Note is accompanied by an electronic PCNA Toolkit (still being finalized), that will be available online and on CDs, with specific guidance to cluster leaders and secretariats, including lessons learned, practical templates and TORs.

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Joint Guidance Note on Post Conflict Needs Assessments and Transitional Results Frameworks - Working Draft for Circulation
by: UNDOCO/CPC and World Bank
The working draft Joint Guidance Note on Integrated Recovery Planning using Post Conflict Needs Assessments (PCNAs) and Transitional Results Frameworks (TRFs) has been developed by the UNDG, World Bank and Partners. The Guidance Note will be updated following additional consultations with Partners and practical application in the field. The purpose of the Guidance Note is to inform strategic decision-makers (national and international) of the purpose, scope, and benefits of this common platform for recovery planning, and how it connects to other critical processes in a post-conflict setting such as the planning of peace-keeping deployments; and to guide technical practitioners – coordinators, sector team leaders, national partners, and donor representatives. This note does not provide detailed operational instructions for the PCNA-TRF, and is accompanied by a companion Toolkit that will provide practical resources, guidance, and tools for teams planning or undertaking a PCNA-TRF. The Toolkit will be regularly updated on-line and made available on CDs, with extended guidance, templates and best practices.
PAST GUIDANCE NOTE: PCNA - Practical Guide to Multilateral Needs Assessments in Post-Conflict Situations (2004)
August 2004
PAST GUIDANCE NOTE, 2004: This Practical Guide was a joint project of the UNDG, WB and UNDP. This note has been replaced by the new Joint Guidance Note, September 2007.
PAST GUIDANCE: PCNA - Annexes
August 2004
PAST GUIDANCE NOTE, August 2004: The Practical Guide to PCNAs, and the accompanying annexes, were a joint project of the UNDG, WB and UNDP. These have been replaced by the new Joint Guidance Note, September 2007 and the PCNA Toolkit.
PAST GUIDANCE: Operational Note on Transitional Results Matrices
PAST GUIDANCE, 2005: This Operational Note was developed jointly by the UNDG and World Bank in Jan. 2005. This note has been replace by the new Joint Guidance Note, September 2007.
OECD/DAC PCNA Issues Brief
2005
PCNA Reviews

In December 2005, a series of PCNA Roundtables were held for the UN and WB to begin to capture the key best practices and lessons learned from the past three years of PCNAs. The Roundtable proposed a joint programme of work to improve the way that PCNAs are carried out and followed-through, including the way the prioritized needs identified in the Transitional Results Framework are implemented. Included in this joint work plan was the need for a review process of the recent experience with PCNAs to better understand their inputs and their outcomes, and improve upon existing tools and practice. The UN/WB PCNA Review took place in two phases between June-December 2006 and completed its Report in January 2007. Further work is currently ongoing related to supporting the PCNA process is  currently ongoing with financial support from both the European Commission and UNDOCO.

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PCNA Review Report: In Support of Peacebuilding: Strengthening the PCNA
15 January 2007
PCNA Review: ANNEXES
15 January 2007
PCNA Review Validation Workshop Summary
by: Shani Harris
Summary Note of the PCNA Review Validation Workshop hosted by the UN on 30 November 2006 for PCNA stakeholders.
Phase One Summary Report
October 2006
Iraq PCNA Case Study
October 2006
Liberia PCNA Case Study
October 2006
Haiti PCNA Case Study
October 2006
Sudan PCNA Case Study & Lessons Learned Annex
October 2006
Somalia "Real Time" PCNA Case Study
October 2006
Afghanistan - Comparison Case Study
October 2006
Timor Leste - Comparison Case Study
October 2006
UNDG TWG PCNA Roundtable Summary
December 2005
On 1 December 2005, UNDOCO hosted a roundtable discussion on PCNA challenges and opportunities for the UNDG’s Technical Working Group members from past and ongoing PCNAs. On 2 December, UNDOCO hosted a joint UN/WB Roundtable for Senior Technical Coordinators and select focal points from the field. The roundtables aimed to begin to review and standardize PCNA lessons learned, best practices, and areas for improvement in coordination, guidance, and UN collaboration.
PCNA - Lessons Learned from Country Studies
August 2004
Lessons Learned from Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Sri Lanka and Timore Leste
PCNA - Country Studies
April 2004
November 2003-April 2004