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Human Rights Based Approach to SSR

The UN characterises a HRBA as a “conceptual framework that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights”. Similar to the UN’s HRBA Common Understanding, the European Commission’s rights-based approach (RBA) integrates human rights principles and standards into all aspects of the programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. In these rights-based conceptual frameworks, participation, local empowerment, national ownership meaningful inclusion and accountability are central elements to their implementation.

This ISSAT Research Paper explores how a HRBA helps us to get started on the right path to doing things right in SSR. 

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Forced Displacement and SSR - Briefing Note

The rise in the number of armed conflicts in recent years coupled with other actors have led to an increase in the global flows of migration and forcibly displaced resulting in the worst humanitarian crises in decades. The issue of forced displacement has become a direct concern for the Security and Justice Sector Reform Community. In this briefing note, ISSAT outlines the push factors for forced displacement and provides recommendations to address them. 

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Coordination and Security Sector Reform - An Overview of Policy Documents on Donor Coordination

Coordination has been widely recognized in both the SSR and international community as a crucial element to reform and development processes. Within the SSR context, coordination can improve effectiveness, credibility, management and sustainability of projects and programmes as well as minimize duplication efforts and unnecessary spending.

To further support coordination mechanisms, the international community conducted and produced a variety of high levels fora, conferences and policy documents. These include:

• The Rome Declaration for Harmonisation (2002)
• The Paris Declaration (2005)
• The Accra Agenda (2008)
• The Intergovernmental 3C Conference (2009)
• The Busan Agreement (2011)

This executive summary prepared by ISSAT will provide a brief overview of these policy documents.

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Media & SSR – A Practical Note for Enhancing Reforms

This ISSAT practical note describes how, as 'partners in responsibility', media and security actors must reconceptualise their engagement strategies to move beyond crisis messaging and to enhance media capacity, facilitating an outcome-oriented understanding of security contexts and trends. It further suggests key entry points for both media and security actors to address this challenge. 

For full access to Media & SSR – A Practical Note for Enhancing Reforms, please follow the link. 

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United Nations SSR Newsletter, no. 26, January-August 2017

The latest UN Security Sector Reform newsletter covers the period January to August 2017 and highlights:

  • High-Level Conference on the Role of SSR in Sustaining Peace: Challenges and Opportunities
  • High-level dialogue on global experiences in SSR: Implications for the UN SSR agenda
  • Expert-level Discussion on SSR in Mali
  • Annual  Inter-Agency SSR Task  force  WORKSHOP
  • Supporting the Reform of the Somali Security Sector
  • Reminiscence from the field: Guinea 
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