I-ACT Information system is fully operational
As of Spring 2010, the I-ACT Information System serves as a key communication mechanism among the Task Force entities.
Visits to Madagascar and Nigeria
Visits were undertaken to Madagascar in September and October 2008 and to Nigeria in February and August 2010 to gather additional information for the mapping of assistance activities and to consult the partnering governments with regards to identified gaps.
The I-ACT Initiative is comprised of representatives from each of the CTITF partner entities and is co-chaired by the Executive Office of the Secretary General, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. Through this Initiative, CTITF aims to enhance the capacity within the United Nations system to help interested Member States, upon their request and in a user-friendly way, to implement the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in an integrated manner. The term "integrated" refers both to assisting the partnering Member States with their implementation of the Strategy across all four topical pillars, which address the multiple dimensions of countering terrorism, and utilizing assistance capacities and efforts from across the United Nations system.
I-ACT draws upon and complements the work of the entities participating in CTITF without replacing or duplicating that work. Overall, assistance provision or facilitation continues through the entities under their own mandates, but I-ACT helps to ensure a holistic view and provides an interface with the partnering governments. Because of its broad membership and coordination and coherence function, CTITF is a unique catalyst for integrated technical assistance delivery. The web-based I-ACT Information System is one of the tools agreed upon for facilitating enhanced information sharing and coordination of technical assistance delivery among the entities.
Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Nigeria are the first partnering Member States that have formally requested to be considered for assistance with the integrated implementation of the Strategy as part of the I-ACT Initiative.
In 2008, CTITF started working with Madagascar and Nigeria as the first two partnering Member States that had requested to be considered for assistance with the integrated implementation of the Strategy. Burkina Faso became the third I-ACT partner country in 2009. Since then, CTITF has been working with these partnering Member States to provide a mapping of requested, completed, ongoing and planned technical assistance activities and assessments by CTITF entities in each partnering Member State to facilitate the identification of “gaps” in assistance delivery. Next steps include developing national technical assistance action plans in cooperation with the partnering countries, as well as mobilization of resources for assistance delivery by the respective CTITF entities.
What is the project methodology?
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As a primary step, CTITF works with each partnering Member State to provide a mapping of requested, completed, ongoing and planned technical assistance activities and assessments by CTITF entities at the national level. Where needs in assistance delivery to the partnering Member States are identified, I-ACT aims to catalyze the application of existing assistance delivery capacity and resources within the United Nations system as well as, if no capacity or resources are available from among UN system entities, to catalyze the application of external assistance, as appropriate. Provided that sufficient financial resources become available, I-ACT further aims to provide “bridge” funding to facilitate the timely availability of resources for programming and assistance delivery for key Strategy-relevant needs that cannot be met by existing United Nations system resources and for which donor funding requests are not likely to be met within the needed timeframe.