Security Sector Reform (SSR) contribution to preventing and countering Violent Extremism (VE)
The 5-day training course on SSR-VE includes a strong component on the prevention of VE and covers dimensions related to human security, peacebuilding and the engagement of local communities. It also touches upon holistic, human and psychosocial dynamics of the security and justice sectors, at state and non-state levels. Moreover, the course provides a broad perspective on the drivers of VE in order to address the issues of state and community resilience and of the impact of prevention programmes.
The course aims to develop a network of professionals able to implement SSR processes that incorporate components to help prevent and counter the root causes of violent extremism; as well as of practitioners working on P/CVE which are able to understand and integrate the contribution of SSR within VE prevention efforts.
Course learning outcomes
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Articulate the existing relation between security and development concepts.
- Identify the drivers of violent extremism related to security sector governance and reform.
- Apply the different components of SSR, including justice, police and defence sectors reform as well as their interrelation, as part of P/CVE programmes.
The target audience consists of professionals from diverse backgrounds at different levels. Priority will be given to the personnel from Governing Board members working on policy and programming (bilateral donor assistance and/or multilateral organisations) given the urgent need to meet the learning requirements of a number of policy officials in different donor’ countries. Nevertheless, the importance of also including participants originating from national partners from different regions has been raised by some mandators given specific context and knowledge needs, as well as contributions to cementing partnerships. Personnel from national partners would primarily include high-level defence and security officials.
In general terms, the course will target senior practitioners and professionals – including civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – who are working closely on issues related to SSR and violent extremism such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. The course will also target those involved in programme design, management and implementation, mission planning and delivery and/or in political/ policy dialogues.
The organisers’ intention is to select a diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as gender balance.
The course will use interactive and peer-learning activities while adopting a problem-solving approach through a series of case studies, hands-on practical exercises, simulations and group activities to help participants understand the challenges related to SSR in practice. An inductive approach is used in every session of the course in order to place participants at the centre of the training.