ISSAT was requested to support the African Union Commission, by providing two experts to facilitate workshop sessions as appropriate. The workshop aimed to maintain momentum of the national SSR process by enhancing capacities of participants on SSR concepts, and brainstorming on the interaction and collaboration between the future BNC/RSS and the SPDSN as a new organ whose mandate complements and overlaps with the SSR process. It targeted high-level national officials from the SPDSN/HCDN, the Ministry of National Defence, the Parliament as well as representatives of the former CTO RSS.
The specific objectives were to:
- Enhance capacities of participants on SSR concepts, norms and standards, including the AU SSR Policy Framework;
- Enhance capacities of participants on SSR Planning, implementation and coordination mechanisms;
- Learn from comparison, building on the experiences of SSR processes in other African countries taking into account fundamental principles related to the elaboration of National Security Strategies,
- Discuss the challenges and possible solutions of the effectiveness of the BNC/RSS, its synergy and complementarity with the recently launched parallel process of National Security Strategy, as well as the improvement of coordination with international partners, and how best to develop resource mobilization strategies.
Mandating organisation / agency / department / ministry
Mandate outputs / products
- Feedback on draft concept note, and planning inputs
- Facilitation of workshop sessions
- Any presentations/materials to accompany the facilitation to support to capture daily highlights on each session
Outcome objectives of mandate
- Key high level authorities, indispensable in leading and influencing the SSR process, are sensitized and trained on the SSR concepts and on the AU SSR Policy framework;
- Improved level of understanding of the SSR planning and national coordination mechanisms among national stakeholders;
- The delegates of the Ministry of Defence , and the key high level officials from the Office of the Presidency of the Republic (SPDSN) and of the Parliament understand the background of the SSR processes in Madagascar, its complementary with the process of the National Strategy; and they are committed to play their role to maintain SSR momentum, in order to sustain peace and security in the country;
- Strategies of fundraising and coordination with other national and international stakeholders to implement the SSR strategic pillars and operational plans are outlined.