Lessons Learned for
In the 2016 edition of the National Mechanisms Booklet, it was noted that a Mechanism for atrocity crimes prevention does not necessarily need to be institutionalized within the state to begin carrying out its mandate. While this remains true, it has become equally apparent that the lack of an official budget, provided by the state, functions as a barrier to long-term sustained programmatic planning.
In countries where political, bureaucratic, or conflict-related obstacles prevent immediate institutionalization, National Mechanisms are forced to develop creative methods of finding the necessary resources to continue their work. This has most frequently resulted in the formulation of partnerships or collaborative projects with outside organizations, especially those representing national and international civil society, which is an essential component of the work of atrocity prevention. However, for the many Mechanisms that do not have the security of sustained funding allocations, the ability to develop long-term work plans is severely diminished.
In addition to these lessons, which have been drawn from the work of the featured Mechanisms over the previous year, the following list of enduring considerations remain relevant for any state working to develop or strengthen a National Mechanism: