National Mechanisms Project

Since 2014, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation [AIPR], one of I-GMAP's principal NGO partners, has issued an annual report, "National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Atrocity Crimes." The annual publication series provides a comprehensive overview of efforts by states to adopt a new, "all-of-government" approach to atrocity prevention. View AIPR's website for past editions of the Report.

This approach calls for a coordinated national strategy, in which representatives from all relevant governmental offices, agencies and ministries – including a country's legislature, security and intelligence services, human rights offices, and others – can communicate and coordinate. The National Mechanism forms an institutional hub where the full range of government agencies can share the work of data gathering, risk assessment and monitoring; developing and implementing training for civil servants; forming policies for the protection of vulnerable populations; and connecting with partner states to form regional and global networks.

The National Mechanisms series is an important, one-document annual review of the current global status and future prospects for this all-of government approach, and is an important resource for UN member states as well as international, regional and national non-governmental organizations. We are delighted to announce that beginning in 2019, we will begin a phased, three-year process that will transfer the report from AIPR to I-GMAP. During this transition, AIPR and I-GMAP will share responsibility for the research, composition and distribution of the report, which will relocate permanently with I-GMAP for the 2021 edition. We plan to release an updated report to coincide with our April 2020 Frontiers of Prevention III. We are very excited by this opportunity to take ownership of an influential, substantive and highly visible publication series, and see I-GMAP as an ideal new home. We also envision some significant expansions of the scope of the publication, including more in-depth assessments of the outcomes of a range of national initiatives, sections on the roles of civil society actors, corporations, religious organizations and others in the national mechanism approach, a comprehensive data collection and analysis component, and expert opinion essays from academics and practitioners.

I-GMAP's new assistant director Stephen Capobianco will take a leading role in the transition and expansion project, which will eventually also include students in I-GMAP's soon-to-be-launched professional master's degree in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.