Advanced Security Sector Reform Course for Netherlands Advanced Command and Staff Course 13 (ACSC13)
To gain insight in the SSR concept and characteristics. See also objectives below (#5).
Participants are students of the ACSC13. The aim of ASCS is to prepare selected officers (rank major) from all 4 services (Royal NL Navy, Army, Air Force and Marechaussee), for high-grade appointments within the Defence organization and for international positions. After passing the ACSC exams, the students receive a certificate “Brevet Hogere Defensie Vorming” (HDV) and an academic title: Executive Master of Security and Defence (EMSD). The curriculum of ACSC exists of three modules: International Security Studies, Military Strategy Studies and Management Studies. The ACSC course takes place from the end of August till mid-July. The SSR course will be part of the ACSC programme. The Advanced SSR course will give the students a holistic view on peacekeeping, peacebuilding etc . It will also contribute to an integration of several ACSC lessons on international security and military planning.
The five-day training will bring together approximately 25 participants from the Dutch government and its partners, NGOs, as well as EU staff from Headquerters and the field. Some representatives from beneficiary countries and/ or multilateral organisations will also attend. The course includes several modules covering topics such as the concept and policy framework of SSR, governance, police and justice reform, defence reform, as well effective advising. Special focus will be paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.
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.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested the support of ISSAT to organise a 2-day sensitisation briefing on SSR. The briefing will take place on 14-15 April 2016 in the Hague (the Netherlands) and bring together approximately 20 representatives from various Dutch ministries, missions abroad as well as some representatives from civil society.
The sensitisation is aimed at familiarising participants to the concept of SSR and helping them understand the various actors and principles of SSR. Topics covered will include:
- the concept and policy framework of SSR
- gender mainstreaming
- strengthening governance and accountability
- the role of non-state actors
- ensuring coordination of SSR programmes.
- Through interactive, co-learning methodology, participants will be invited to engage in practical exercises and share their personal experience.
One German-Netherlands Corp (1GNC) will hold its civil-military training period "Exercise Common Effort" from 27 June to 1 July. This year's exercise will concentrate on “Libya & the Region”, and on “Migration/Refugees”.
Participants will be divided into the following thematic groups:
- protection of civilians
- economic/private sector