Monday 17 October 2016 Session

17 October - 21 October 2016 · The Hague, Netherlands

Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in The Hague, Netherlands, from 17-21 October 2016. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team member,, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Application deadline

12 September 2016

Practical information

No course fee. Accommodation and meals will be provided at a subsidised rate. 


Successful completion of the ISSAT online course Introduction to SSR.

More information about this training will be available in due time. Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by directly contacting the ISSAT training team.

17 October - 21 October 2016 (4 days)
The Hague, Netherlands (52.070498, 4.3007)

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Piet Biesheuvel

Piet Biesheuvel has a wide range of developmental experience in the governance, justice and security sectors, especially in sub-Sahara Africa where he operated in the field for over sixteen years. He has managed long-term Safety Security and Access to Justice (SSAJ) programmes in Uganda and Malawi and was the British Government’s Policing & Security Adviser in South Africa between 1996 and 2001. He has advised on, designed, implemented or reviewed security and justice sector reform programmes in a wide variety of countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Sudan, DRC, Lebanon, Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bolivia, Guyana, Sri Lanka, Nepal, East Timor and Vietnam. He has also conducted a number of sector-wide reviews for the British Government’s conflict prevention pools. He was the Head, Rule of Law in the PRT Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2008/9. He has provided governance, security & justice policy support to the UK and Dutch Governments. He is a regular speaker on security and justice development issues and the lead facilitator of the UK Government’s Security & Justice Development Course.


Pedro Mendes


Pedro Rosa Mendes is currently a Project Officer at ISSAT, supporting the organisation’s different service lines, focusing on programme design and methodology as well as on new tools and guidance in SSR. He developed the new e-learning course on Police Integrity for DCAF in collaboration with ISSAT’s Knowledge Team and he’s contributing to a DCAF-ICRC on-going programme on the implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

With a career spanning for more than two decades reporting from, and researching on conflict environments, Pedro Rosa Mendes body of work encompasses Human Rights, Security Sector Governance and Peacebuilding. His main interests include the nexi of security and human rights (with an emphasis on the role of extractive industries), and of security and transitional justice.

Pedro Rosa Mendes has comprehensive knowledge of West Africa, in particular, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. His current work draws also on direct experience of other conflict and transitional scenarios, including Afghanistan, Angola, DRC, Libya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Serbia, and Timor-Leste (East Timor, where he lived between 2007 and 2009).

Prior to joining ISSAT, Pedro Rosa Mendes consulted for different organisations, including ACEP (Lisbon), Deutsche Welle Akademie (Berlin). EPLO (Brussels), Global Witness (London) and Medico International (Frankfurt).

Pedro Rosa Mendes holds a degree in Law from the University of Coimbra and a Masters in History from the EHESS in Paris (where he wrote a thesis about “Le Bloc Soviétique dans la sécurité et l'armée de la Guinée-Bissau (1969-1991)”). He also obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding from the University of Basel and Swisspeace. He is an associate researcher with the Centre for African, Asian and Latin American Studies/CeSA from the University of Lisbon, while pursuing research at the EHESS on the topic of the Soviet Bloc legacy in African security elites and systems.


Patrick Hagan

Patrick is the head of Knowledge Services for ISSAT. His role is to oversee and quality assure the production of ISSAT guidance products for the international community, and manage the internal lessons learning process. He also contributes to ISSAT mandate activities as an SSR specialist with operational experience of police and military peacekeeping and reform missions. He was the designer and lead drafter of the ISSAT secretariat to the external review of the United Nations Police Division. 

Prior to joining ISSAT Patrick worked as the evaluation advisor to the Australian Federal Police, managing the team that developed and conducted monitoring and evaluation processes to assess police reform and peacekeeping activities across the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. He has also worked for the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation, on the assessment of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and peacebuilding operations in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands.

Patrick holds a Phd in Social Psychology from the University of Western Australia, and a BA in Philosophy from Murdoch University.


Anicia Lala

Anícia Lalá is a Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor at DCAF's International Security Sector Advisory Team.  She has worked in the field of international security cooperation for more than 15 years and has combined practitioner, policy researcher, and academic experience in the fields of international politics, conflict resolution, security, governance and development.  She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network and has served on its Executive Committee for a number of years.  Previously she was Deputy Director for Africa at the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform, at Cranfield University in the UK.  Earlier posts include a lecturing position in Conflict and Peace Studies at the Higher Institute for International Relations (Mozambique) and a civil servant placement at the National Directorate for Defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence of Mozambique.  Through her work experience Anicia has developed skills in political, conflict, security and governance analysis, advisory support, programme management, design and delivery of training, applied research, institutional building and knowledge management.  Anícia holds a PhD in international security studies, from the University of Bradford, and has published articles in the fields of conflict resolution, democratisation, international security, post-conflict reconstruction, and security sector reform. Her publications include “Democratisation under duress: Mozambique’s belligerent peace now”, John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies, February 2014.; “Defence Reform Challenges and Democratisation in Post-Conflict Mozambique”,The Current Analyst,November 2009; “The Difficulties of Donor Co-Ordination: Police and Judicial Reform in Mozambique” in G. Peake, E. Scheye & A. Hills (eds) Managing Insecurity: Field Experiences of Security Sector Reform Routledge: Milton Park and New York, 2008, pp.77-94; “Democratic Governance and Security Sector Reform: realities from post-war Mozambique” Nação e Defesa, 144, September 2006, pp. 35-59; and “DDR in Mozambique: the Borderlines of the Success Story” in A. Fitz-Gerald, H. Mason (eds) From conflict to community: a combatant's return to citizenship GFN-SSR: Shrivenham, 2005, pp.155-185.

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