With the celebration of its fifth anniversary, as a standing capacity to support its Members’ security and justice reform programmes around the globe, ISSAT has established itself as a major contributor to international cooperation in the fields of security and justice reform. Having supported almost 300 activities and mandates throughout the years, ISSAT has developed and refined its knowledge and capacity across a variety of thematic and geographical areas, processes, and contexts. ISSAT has continuously developed and adapted its service lines to better suit the needs and requests of
Following on from the trend identified at the end of 2012 in the area of Advisory Field Support, ISSAT has seen an increase in its activities in regions in which it was previously not engaged. This has been the case in North Africa, with two missions in Libya to support the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and in Latin America and the Caribbean, with multiple missions to support the European Union, the OECD and Switzerland. Another noticeable trend is the large number of mandates which have rolled over from one year to the next, for example support to the United Kingdom’s annual evaluation of its Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform (SSAPR) Programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNSMIL’s support in the Libyan Defence White Paper Process, and UNDP Somalia’s Police Programme and support for the Somaliland Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention. Similarly, Members have kept their tendency to use ISSAT support for multiple missions as part of a single mandate. This has, for example, been the case of the European Union (EU), which requested ISSAT to undertake field missions in eleven Latin American and Caribbean countries over a period of four months.
For the third year running ISSAT supported Canada, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom to run their annual Senior Strategic Advisers’ Master Class on Police Reform (PMC) in an International and SSR Context, which was hosted by Switzerland. This recurring event is an example of a successful joint endeavour between five Members of ISSAT’s Governing Board.
The PMC is also an example of the increasing diversity of requests for ISSAT’s support in training and capacity building. The classic Level 1 SSR Course is now complemented with various other requests such as: the integration of SSR modules into other related trainings (for example peace-support operations, civil-military relations), new and different audiences (UN Standing Police Capacity, African Development Bank), e-learning modules available in several languages, and several Advanced Level 2 SSR Courses.
In the field of Knowledge Services, ISSAT has continued to build its global community of security and justice practitioners with an emphasis on exchange of information, knowledge and experiences. The Community of Practice (CoP) now has almost 1000 Members who can access a vast repository of policy and guidance documents, e-learning courses, cases studies, videos and other resources. Advocacy and Outreach activities have steadily increased and serve to support the work of the other three service lines. These activities tie together ISSAT’s efforts to ensure that Members and the wider SSR Community are aware of, buy into, and take ownership for application of international good practice in SSR support. To build upon the success of the 2012 Nairobi High Level Panel on SSR in East Africa, ISSAT is in the early stages of planning another high level discussion event for 2014.
With cost-sharing now firmly established for UN and EU requests, ISSAT has received 13 mandates from multilateral Members, which have entailed 25 missions in 21 countries. The multilateral Members which have requested ISSAT’s support include: EU, OECD, UNDP, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), UNSMIL, UN Standing Police Capacity (UN SPC), UNDP Somalia and the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI).
In sum, another very productive year for ISSAT, with a total of 70 activities for 13 Members in the following 40 countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, EU Headquarters in Brussels, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, the UN in Italy, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Libya, Liberia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay*, and the UN’s Headquarters in New York. A full overview of ISSAT’s activities can be found at Annex A.