Support will be provided through a sensitisation on SSR as part of the induction training for the core team in Brussels prior to their deployment and backstopping for the deployment of the core team in Bamako during the development of the CONOPS.
Backstopping will be carried out in response to specific demands from EUCAP SAHEL MALI and/or the External Action Service Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC), including providing key lessons, examples and tools, as well as facilitating greater contact between the mission and ISSAT’s Governing Board and partners in country.
This one day Training Course on Fragility, Security and Development in the context of EU external action is organized by the EU Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) Fragility unit. It will take place in Brussels from 19 to 21 May 2015. The first day will look at increased potential and ambition – the EU Comprehensive Approach; the second will focus on the EU comprehensive approach in practice – EU instruments; and the third day, presented by ISSAT, will discuss the Comprehensive Approach and Security Sector Reform. The EU has asked ISSAT to cover the case of Mali.
The training should help practitioners working in the field of security and development cooperation to develop an accurate understanding of the institutional set-up of the EU and the relevant operating procedures and become familiar with the complementary roles played by different policy instruments and different actors.
This five-day intensive course will include four key modules including governance, defence reform, police reform and soft skills. A specific module on gender will be delivered. The course will also stress the importance of coordination at both the national and international level. Special focus will be paid to the role of regional and international actors in supporting SSR activities in Africa.
The Council Conclusions of 18 May 2015 launched the process of reviewing the EU SSR policies by mid-2016 with the aim of developing an EU-wide strategic framework for supporting SSR. Within this timeframe a certain number of steps need to be carried out to take stock of where the EU stands in terms of SSR. These include what are the main lessons identified over the last decade, what has been learned and how could the good practices be integrated and bring added value to future EU support to SSR processes in partner countries.
This mandate was to support the EU in this stocktaking exercise, focusing on the analysis of three countries where the EU has supported SSR processes: DRC, Mali and Ukraine. The main objectives were to:
1) capture recent and hands-on experience from EU support to SSR across the different regions of the world;
2) analyse what works/does not work; and
3) identify the good practices to inform the new EU-wide strategic framework on SSR
The full report can be found under the documents tab.
ISSAT, jointly with Germany, will develop comprehensive mappings of donor support to SSR in Nigeria and Mali. In Mali, the mapping will focus on the criminal justice chain, including accountability. In Nigeria, the mapping will look at both the security forces and the criminal justice chain, also including accountability. With the aim of further building German SSR capacity, a joint Germany-ISSAT team will develop the methodology and undertake the mappings.
The methodology will be finalised during a one/two-day workshop at ISSAT in Geneva. This will be followed by a desk review and telephone interviews, exploiting ISSAT’s network across bilateral donors and multilateral actors, and building on already existing material. The findings will then be consolidated with a 10-day field mission to each country that will involve donors, implementing partners of SSR projects and international NGOs, as well as national institutions of the security and justice sector, including relevant ministries. The subsequent reports will then be shared by the joint Germany-ISSAT team across the international community active in the countries through an in-situ workshop that could also include discussions on how to further consolidate international support.