Despite considerable progress on the concept of SSR in recent years, a considerable gap remains in terms of practical knowledge and expertise with regards to the subject. In response to this gap and in order to increase the operational effectiveness of SSR practitioners, the Swiss Inter-Departmental Working Group on SSR ran the first pilot “Level 2 Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from November 1st till November 5th 2010 in Stans-Oberdorf, Switzerland.
Switzerland requested ISSAT to provide ongoing support for its project staff based in Juba on strategic planning, programme design and coaching on fulfilling an advisory role. Support and coaching included periodic missions to southern Sudan to provide face to face support. In addition, continuous assistance was provided through regular phone and virtual contact.
At the request of the International Relations Division, Swiss Department of Defence, ISSAT was asked to attend and provide input into the review of KAIPTC’s pilot SSR training course.
KAIPTC have developed a two-week specialised course on SSR to assist practitioners from West Africa in carrying out their reform duties as part of multilateral missions in post-conflict and peacebuilding environments. The aim of the course was to enhance the knowledge base, skills and technical competencies of operational level personnel.
Given ISSATs experience in SSR training, and the training materials and tool that have been developed it was felt that ISSATs contribution to the review and further development of this course would be beneficial.
As part of the attending at the review meeting, meetings will be held with the management of KAIPTC on future collaboration on SSR training.
The Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport has organised an SSR workshop as part of the Swiss UN Military Observer Course (SUNMOC). ISSAT has been invited to support this workshop for one day.
The target audience was a multinational group of military officers who are candidates for UN monitoring missions. Rank range was from lieutenant to lieutenant colonel. Participant group was between 25-30 people.
The main objectives of this workshop included:
- Better understanding of the concept and evolution of SSR, including actors, concepts and principles;
- Develop the basic knowledge required to support SSR in post-conflict environments;
- A comprehension of the linkages between PSO & SSR
- Use concrete case studies to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice