What is INCA and why is it important?

The Inclusive Nationalism Capacity Assessment (INCA) is a specialized tool that can be used to assess the threat status of a country, and its sovereign capacity and adaptive capacity. INCA consists of a set of 8 levels reflecting the status of a country along 18 dimensions that represent its capacities and current threats.

Inclusive nationalism here refers to the progressive inclusion of all population subgroups as a nation develops. Inclusiveness is also built into the shared information framework through its equitable opportunity for involvement for the local, regional, and international prime actors that are most influential in the life of a country to participate in the assessment of the country and each other.

INCA provides a common vocabulary for use by prime actors and the public in the construction of the Shared Information Framework. The framework enables better and more predictable enforcement of the multiparty agreements necessary for the effective implementation of private and public-sector national-scale initiatives. The cooperative nature of the framework’s processes leads to a more successful ventures and a more cooperative and inclusive society.

What are the levels for?

The purpose of the levels is to provide simple, numeric measures of increasing sovereign and adaptive national capacity. The simplicity of the measures makes them accessible and useful to a wide range of organizations, from different countries and different sectors of a society. The simplicity also makes it possible for prime actors (the local, regional, and international organizations and other entities most influential in the life of the country) to use INCA to assess threats to the country, and the country’s status along particular dimensions of sovereign and adaptive capacity. The levels reflect the phases of progress that a country is expected to traverse as it moves from very basic capabilities that are local to advanced capabilities that are more inclusive and global. In Phases 3, 4, and 5 of the Shared Information Framework, the range of perceptions (from different prime actors) about the status of a country will be shared and responded to, until reassessments converge to a common assessment of national capacities is arrived at among all the prime actors.

In Phases 3, 4, and 5, the levels are intended to draw opinions about the country’s national capacities from prime actor participants and are not meant to be used as a measurement tool that provides conclusive evidence. The purpose of Phases 3, 4, and 5 is to assist in the development of a more comprehensive understanding of the country’s status by exposing each prime actor to the perspectives of the other prime actors. The process leads to a common political and sociocultural operating picture of the country that helps the country in many ways: lowers political risk, increases predictability, and enables better multiparty agreements.