ISSAT is mandated by its Governing Board Members to act as their main repository for lessons, trends, challenges and opportunities for current security, justice and governance reform programming. Building on its ongoing efforts to continuously track lessons for SSR, ISSAT is expanding its online-available platform to include trends covering all sectors and thematic areas of interest to its Members.
The database will allow us to track trends, challenges and entry-points for programming through an evidence-based approaches centered on the review and analysis of ISSAT’s past and on-going mandates. The data will be fed into the database in a manner that allow for the Trends, Challenges and SSR Entry-Points to be disaggregated based on the mandate’s sector, the target country’s state of fragility and conflict cycle phase, or key watching themes.
Over the past 8 years, ISSAT has collected and refined security, justice and governance reform related methodologies and guidance products from its various engagements on behalf of its Members, ensuring they remain anchored in the latest emerging learning from field-level implementation. ISSAT is continously updating existing methodologies with new tools, updated approaches in line with emerging priorities for SSG/R including prevention and stabilisation priorities. Additionally, ISSAT's knowledge and outreach team focuses on building methodologies for programme cycle steps, suffering from scarce guidance, such as lesson learning, programme design and donor mapping.
The objective of ISSAT’s project cycle management methodologies is to give its Members' programme staff, systematic approaches that can be adapted to their contexts and management processes, but nonetheless provide clear frameworks for personnel coming from diverse backgrounds to effectively work together as a team, thus building capacities but also operationalising the principles of good practice for SSG/R.
The ISSAT knowledge and outreach team has been mandated by the Governing Board to provide a repository of comparative SSG/R solutions from various donors’ experiences in their support of SSR across a range of countries and programmes. Those products consist of a series of diverse case studies, backgrounders, analysis notes, and experiences providing contextual learning from reform processes ongoing in different geographical locations, but aiming to achieve similar change processes.
Through contextual learning products, ISSAT aims to provide experience-based learning from francophone to anglophone contexts pertaining to the SSR solutions designed to address the challenge and the emerging lessons and takeaways from the process. Contextual learning on emerging practices of security and justice sector reform pertaining to community policing, access to justice, transitional justice, reintegration and other areas of shared challenges could provide insight and learning from one context to another, enriching discussions and solution-identification for SSR.