ISSAT was established in 2008 in response to the need to increase the capacity of the international community to support Security Sector Reform (SSR) processes, to enhance the effectiveness and quality of SSR programming, and to facilitate the coordination and coherence of international assistance for nationally driven SSR processes.
ISSAT provides support to the international community to reinforce and strengthen their individual and collective efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states. ISSAT builds the capacity of its Members to provide more effective support to SSR processes.
ISSAT is guided by the recognition that security, development and human rights are preconditions for sustainable peace. It's guiding principles for SSR interventions are drawn from the UN Secretary General's report on SSR (2008), and the Organisation for Economic Co- Operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee's (OECD DAC) Handbook on SSR (2007). In particular, it is focused on two over-arching principles:
The following principles, based on the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, guide our work with our Members, partners and staff: