The Defense and Security Division (DSD) of the African Union (AU) has requested ISSAT's support to reinforce the assistance of the African Union (AU) to national SSR processes, starting with Madagascar.
ISSAT will provide one advisor who will support the AU SSR Unit and the African Union Liaison Office (AULO), in assisting the implementation of the SSR process. The advisor will do a short-term deployment mission to Madagascar, but this work will be reinforced by backstopping from ISSAT's core staff, over the course of the year.
- The first deployment will:1) provide an assessment of the state of play of the SSR process, and of the AU support to it, reflecting on challenges of coordination; 2) analyse one of the main causes of human insecurity and drivers of conflict in the country, i.e. the Dahalo phenomenon, and its underlying linkages to the SSR process in terms of effectiveness and governance of the security institutions;
- The focus of subsequent ISSAT support to the AU within this specific mandate will build on the findings and recommendations of the first deployment.