Sensitisation Workshop on SSR

Thursday 01 June 2017 Session

01 June - 02 June 2017 · Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, Kortenberglaan 61, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

The international community is increasingly focused on the challenges of insecurity and conflict as a barrier to political, economic and social development. It is clear that if states are to create the condition in which they can escape from a downward spiral wherein insecurity, criminalisation and under-development are mutually reinforcing, socio-economic and security dimensions must be tackled simultaneously.

The traditional concept of security is being redefined to include not only the security of states but also a clear focus on the safety and wellbeing of their peoples With the recognition that security and development are inextricably linked, this has resulted in greater focus and scrutiny of how security and justice are provided in countries. Security Sector Reform (SSR) has now become a central component of efforts to overcome the cycle of conflict and the causes of fragility, from Sudan to Sierra Leone and from the Honduras to the Solomon Islands.

However, a key challenge faced by actors supporting the implementation is to ensure that the necessary capacity is available. The reform of security and justice institutions is both a political and technical exercise, and often takes place against a background of resistance to change. It requires expertise in a number of disciplines, and a diverse mix of skills and knowledge. Above all, it demands sensitivity to the need for a coherent, coordinated institutional approach that will help translate SSR policy into effective programmes on the ground. It is for this reason that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union (EU) will conduct a Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR) from 1-2 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.  

 The workshop will take place at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU (Kortenberglaan 4-10, 1040 Brussels) and will be conducted in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).

 Through a combination of practical, hands-on exercises, this workshop will aim to enhance the skills, capacity and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences related to SSR. It will highlight issues such as the principles and characteristics of SSR, enhancing governance and oversight of security and justice institutions, the linkages between justice and police reform and sustainable capacity building.

 Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to engage in the collective sharing of experience and reflections on specific topics. Participants will be exposed to many of the tools and techniques used by SSR practitioners on the ground. Focusing on practical exercises and case studies, this workshop will help participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and help elaborate possible solutions to common roadblocks.

 Key objectives of the workshop include:

  • Build a practical understanding around the concept and key characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR, based on debate and discussions, exercises and case studies;
    • Improve understanding on the interlinkages between the various components of SSR including justice, police and defence reform;
    • Explore opportunities for adopting a comprehensive approach to SSR within and between key international actors;
    • Engage in dialogue and experience sharing with fellow participants, facilitators and external experts. 

 Target audience

This advanced training is aimed at middle to senior level military, police and civilian personnel engaged in SSR support activities within NATO and the EU. More specifically, selected candidates will be working closely on issues related to Justice and Security Sector Reform such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration etc. The workshop also targets those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/policy dialogue.

 Language and selection

Since English will be the working language of the workshop, participants must have a good command of English in order to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. The workshop is designed in a modular structure, thus participants are expected to attend the entire workshop. It is important for participants to meet these requirements in order to fully benefit from the workshop.


All selected candidates are required to have successfully completed an introductory course on SSR. This course can be completed online by registering onto DCAF/ISSAT’s website (top right):

 Upon acceptance into the workshop, it is required that all participants complete a pre-course questionnaire. The deadline for the Pre-Course Questionnaire is Friday, 26 May 2017. The questionnaire can be access on the Training Space or accessed directly via the following link:


The workshop will use interactive, co-learning methodology aimed at encouraging participants to share knowledge and experience with each other, and to adopt a problem-solving approach through a series of hands-on practical exercises, case studies, simulations and group activities. Participants are expected to contribute actively during the workshop.  

 Costs of Participation

There will be no course fee.


Application Process

This workshop is only open for EU, and NATO applicants.

To apply for the workshop, please send your CV and a short motivation letter to the following point of contact on or before 15 May 2017: Ms Liza de Nijs (

 General Information

Selected participants will be informed shortly after the close of applications. A pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent to the selected applicants. This will enable the workshop organisers to better understand participant expectations and experience and thereby ensure that the workshop meets participant expectations. 

01 June - 02 June 2017 (2 days)
Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, Kortenberglaan 61, 1000 Brussel, Belgium (50.844206, 4.388308)