The African Union Commission convened a three days stakeholder workshop in Banjul, the Gambia, from 12-14 December 2018, on “Enhancing the integration of Rule of Law, Security Sector Reform, Transitional Justice and Governance into Stabilization efforts: Lessons for Silencing the Guns by 2020. The main objectives of the event :
- Establish a platform bringing together government officials, the AU Commission as well as various policy actors and practitioners on Rule of Law, Security Sector Reform, Transitional Justice and Governance
- Develop a programme for effective integration of Rule of Law, SSR and Broader governance issues including transitional justice into PCRD efforts,
- Share experiences and lessons for Security Sector Reform, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law processes in other country contexts (post-conflict and countries in difficult transitions)
The workshop consisted of a high level opening ceremony, facilitated presentations and discussions in plenary sessions, and break-out working groups according to thematic areas. It drew participants from the government of The Gambia; AU Commission; select AU Liaison Offices/Missions (AMISOM, MISAHEL, CAR, Guinea Bissau, South Sudan); ECOWAS, the UN system, Training for Peace, Embassies supporting the Rule of Law, Security Sector Reform, Transitional Justice and Governance in The Gambia, Civil Society Organisations, Women Organisations, Academia, and Centres of Excellence.
DCAF has been invited by the AUC to participate in the workshop. Two experts attended the workshop in The Gambia.
UNDP Global Programme – Mid-term evaluation of the UNDP/MINUSCA joint project in support to the SCC in CAR
As part of DCAF-ISSAT support to its Rule of Law Global Programme, UNDP requested DCAF-ISSAT to conduct an evaluation of its joint UNDP-MINUSCA project in support to the Special Criminal Court in CAR. The evaluation will:
- Identify the outcomes contributed to by the project, analysing the reasons for the success and failure observed;
- Analyse the added value of the Global Program, and its contribution to the success of this; and,
- Provide recommendations for the second phase of the project.
In his implementation report, and following the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) report of 2015, the UN Secretary-General “instructed the Police Division to undertake an external review of functions, structure and capacity, and to present results in my forthcoming report on UN policing.”
The independent review of the Police Division should focus on the Headquarters functions needed to implement the SGF, as well as departmental priorities, and, on that basis, assess how the Police Division should be structured and staffed in order to deliver those functions.
DPKO is requesting ISSAT to participate in and provide secretariat support to the work of the panel undertaking the independent review.
(1) The CAR government agreed to hold a national consultation on SSR. UNDP was providing support to the national committee tasked with planning the consultation and asked the ISSAT to support their efforts. The ToRs for ISSAT support included to :
- Provide assistance with preparing the methodology for the national consultation.
- Provide input into key documents that will be used as part of the consultation.
- Provide assistance with development of the 'road map' from the consultation to the translation of the outcomes into concrete activities, such as an in-depth assessment and eventually in to clear reforms strategies.
(2) In support of this process and as part of their series of in-country consultation on the SSR handbook, the OECD held a consultation in Bangui for both the international community and the committee planning the National Consultation. The OECD DAC asked that the ISSAT join and lead the facilitation team for this exercise.