In this segment Bjorn Holmberg discusses the importance of having time for dialogue and building trust with local actors to understand their driving forces and dynamics when supporting the JSSR process. Bjorn also highlights that JSSR support approaches should be realistic and centered on the promotion of national ownership.
Dr. Björn Holmberg has more than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and human security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective. He is presently Secretary General of Swedepeace Foundation (2009-), a non-profit and impartial foundation promoting peaceful conflict resolution and human security. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University and was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve at the Swedish Infantry’s Officer Academy in 1989. Dr. Holmberg has been published on different topics such as causes of war, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, SSR, DDR, etc. Currently, Dr. Björn Holmberg is the Swiss JSSR Support Team leader providing support to the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partners Inter-American Bank in their Programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras Programme in Honduras.