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Local ownership – An imperative for inclusive peacebuilding

Peacebuilding needs to come full circle back to its origins. In the early 1990s, when the developed world was becoming overwhelmed with a backlog of failed peace negotiations in the wake of the end of the Cold War, it was clear that without the consolidation of peace within a country, externally-driven, negotiated peace agreements could not deliver conflicted societies from the grip of violence and destruction. The concept of peacebuilding arose out of a recognition that from within a society, structures needed to be identified and supported that would strengthen and solidify peace.

This article explains how external actors must reconsider their support so that peace is built from within society, ensuring that these efforts are locally owned, in line with the fundamental tenants of peacebuilding.

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ISSAT 10-Year Evaluation Report

In line with its commitment to learning, ISSAT initiated an independent evaluation in 2018 to understand what it has achieved over the last 10 years, what lessons could be drawn from that experience, and how it could improve. We are pleased to share the final report, the results of which will feed into the development of ISSAT’s new 4-year strategy, which is being carried out within the framework of the development of DCAF’s strategy for 2020-2023.

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Integrating Preventive Stress Management into SSR Processes

For soldiers to be able to limit their own potential for violence to the necessary level when under extreme strain, psychological stability and, to use the Bundeswehr’s term, "mental fitness" are indispensable. This article argues that the Federal Government’s SSR strategy should incorporate capacity building for preventive stress management.

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DCAF Factsheet: Increasing Security Sector Accountability in Mali

In the aftermath of the 2012 crisis in Mali, Security Sector Reform (SSR) emerged as both a vehicle for and a precondition of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, crucial not only to the immediate survival of the State but also to sustain long-term peace in the country and in the Sahel. DCAF, working in Mali since 2009, has been particularly involved in providing strategic and technical support to the SSR process in the context of the 2015 Algiers peace agreement. DCAF’s programme “Enhancing Security Sector Governance in Mali, 2017- 2020” seeks to support Malian stakeholders in creating democratically governed, effective and accountable security institutions as a foundation for sustainable peace and development.

Download the factsheet below to find more on DCAF's engagement in Mali. 

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Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC) Newsletter 2018

In 2018 JCSC focused on supporting existing United Nations peace operations according to its mandate. Assistance from JCSC was in particular demand to advance rule of law transition planning, implementation and lessons learned studies in Darfur, Haiti and Liberia. JCSC also provided specific expertise in substantive areas, such as the investigation and prosecution of destabilizing crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali; anti-corruption in Afghanistan; and prison security, with a specific focus on prison intelligence and information in the DRC. 

For full access to the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC) Newsletter 2018, kindly follow the link. 

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