ISSAT is one of the leading institutions in the design and delivery of training programmes on Justice and Security Sector Reform. As part of its commitment to sharing its training knowledge and creating a collaborative and co-learning training environment, ISSAT has placed here some of its training material for free access and download by SSR trainers and practitioners. This page also flags other relevant training material made available by partner institutes.
This manual complements ISSAT’s Introductory Level 1 Security Sector Reform Training Course. It aims to provide a basic overview of Security Sector Reform (SSR) policy and practice based on collective experience in supporting security and justice reform efforts.
The manual is built around four key pillars of SSR:
Section one: The Concept of SSR
This section discusses SSR as a concept, explains its evolution and theoretical foundations and provides definitions of key terms. It also highlights some key characteristics of SSR.
Section two: Key Security and Justice Actors
This section maps the main security and justice actors at both the national and international level and proceeds to discuss coordination among these actors when engaging in SSR.
Section three: SSR Programming
This section elaborates the various stages of the SSR programme cycle, and addresses various challenges—both political and technical—that could arise when engaging in SSR programming.
Section four: Cross-Cutting Issues
This section reviews important thematic and practical aspects of SSR that are often overlooked, including gender issues, human rights and programme management. It also discusses issues closely related to SSR, such as Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control and Transitional Justice (TJ).
This manual provides an overview of the theoretical background and key practical insights needed to engage in SSR programming, setting out the main principles but also highlighting various challenges that could arise when engaging in SSR. For those who have completed the ISSAT Level 1 Introductory Training Course, as well as those getting involved in SSR policy and programming for the first time, this textbook will remain a useful reference.
Developed as a companion to the Gender and SSR Toolkit , the Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers to integrate gender perspectives into SSR training, and to deliver effective gender training to security sector audiences.
The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is designed for:
The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains:
A Guide to Integrating Gender in SSR Training: how to take into account gender issues throughout the SSR training cycle – in training needs assessment, learning objectives, design and development of training, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow up.
The training resources in English and French can be found online on the Gender and Security Sector Reform Training Resource Website.
The Gender and Security Sector Reform Training Resource Package in English and French can also be ordered in CD-ROM format. Requests including the name and complete mailing address of the recipient should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.