The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the European Union with the support of DCAF/ ISSAT, will conduct an Advanced Level 2 training on SSR in French from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Beirut. The training is aimed at those working directly on SSR support programmes or those supporting SSR through bilateral, regional or multilateral missions in countries where SSR is an important political issue.
Besides the French representatives of the central administration ( MFA, security agencies ) and diverse attachés from Embassies of Mena area and EU representatives working in the field of security and development, the training will also bring together participants of Lebanese security institutions and others, invited by France, coming from beneficiary countries.
Specific objectives for the training include:
• Refresh participants’ knowledge on the concepts and characteristics of SSR;
• Place SSR within the international and national contexts, and explain how the context impacts on the approach to be taken;
• Build a practical understanding around the key characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR based on debate and discussions, exercises and case studies;
• Draw on SSR knowledge to identify key lessons from practical SSR experiences
The IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale), the French interdepartemental training center on security, defense political and strategical issues, is organising a sensitization/training cycle on JSSR between 27 – 29 October 2016, in Brussels, within the framework of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC).
The training, intended for representatives of European Member states, will be focussed on the EU’s JSSR approach. The educational approach will be both theoretical and practical, based on cases studies and lessons learned.
The main objective of the workshop is to deliver an overview of the key SSR policies, principles and actors and how to adapt them within an EU mission’s context.
A part of the session will be devoted to a current case study underlining the concrete difficulties to implement the mentioned principles in the field.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organised an advanced training on SSR from 19-23 September 2016 in Tunis, Tunisia. The course brought together 23 civilian and uniformed participants from the French and Dutch administration working in the region or at Headquarters, as well as representatives from the European Union and the United Nations. Participants from beneficiary countries including Tunisia, Lebanon, Burundi, Ivory Coast and the Palestinian authorities also attended the course. The training was carried out by facilitators from the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).
The course was inaugurated by H. E. Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, French Ambassador to Tunisia, and H. E. Eric Strating, Dutch Ambassador to Libya. Both speakers underlined the importance and timeliness of such a training in the region. Indeed, this was the first time that France and the Netherlands organised an SSR training in the Middle East and North Africa region. The training was concluded by H. E. Hans Van Vloten Dissevelt Dutch Ambassador to Tunisia, and Mr. Vincent Larrouze, Deputy Director and Head of the Division for Democratic Governance and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
During the training, and through a series of case studies, group work and simulations, participants discussed issues such as good governance, the penal chain, gender and SSR, defence reform, and mentoring and advising. The French and Dutch approaches to SSR, as well as the SSR activities of the International Organisation of the Francophonie were also highlighted. Case studies presented during the course included Mali, Burundi and Libya as well as the SSR activities of the European Union in Tunisia. The diversity and experience of the participants led to rich discussions and experience sharing.
End-course evaluations indicated that 95% of the participants found the course useful. 95% also acknowledged that the training contributed to a better understanding of SSR. Participants praised the interactive methodology of the course and appreciated the sharing of experience by facilitators, guest speaker and participants. Suggestions for further improvement include greater numbers of concrete case studies and a longer course duration.
Ce séminaire de cinq jours sera effectué en collaboration avec l'Equipe internationale de conseil au secteur de la sécurité (ISSAT) du Centre de contrôle démocratique des forces armées de Genève (DCAF). Le cours est principalement destiné à des participants, soit déjà en charge d’actions de soutien àla RSSsur le terrain, soit sur le point d'y être déployés dans le cadre de missions bilatérales, régionales ou multilatérales. Il mettra notamment en évidence l’intérêt d’une forte implication politique pour initier et conduire toute réforme du secteur de la sécurité, l’exigence d’une bonne gouvernance de celui-ci, d’une nécessaire coordination entre acteurs autant en interne qu’au plan international. Le rôle particulier de certaines instances de coordination régionales y sera notamment souligné. La formation s’intéressera aussi aux défis majeurs auxquels tout conseiller dela RSSsur le terrain est confronté ; elle développera des exemples de bonnes pratiques à travers la mise en commun des expériences pays qui ont été acquises.