Core Training on Security Sector Reform (Tailored Level 1 SSR) as part of the ESDC Core Course on SSR October 04-06 2018 – Stadtschlaining, Austria

22/07/2018 - 30/11/2018

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The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence requested DCAF-ISSAT’s support to run the first part of an ESDC SSR training course from October 04-06 2018. This tailored level 1 SSR training is part of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Core Course. It was conducted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), in collaboration with DCAF-ISSAT. However, DCAF-ISSAT’s trainers were present at the training venue from Monday 01 October to ensure an adequate preparation prior to the course that will start on October 03. The entire ESDC Core course was run from October 03-10 2018.

This international training course brought together approximately 25 to 30 participants from different ministries and governmental institutions, personnel serving in different international and regional organisations and international crisis response missions/operations as well as personnel from NGOs and Think Tanks.

The first part of the training included components of the DCAF-ISSAT’s level 1 introductory training. Topics to be addressed by DCAF-ISSAT included concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, SSR in post-conflict contexts, the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR, the coordination for SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.  Special attention was 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 were used throughout the course.

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Mandate outputs / products

  • Pre and post-course coordination meetings.
  • Training course including - course description, PowerPoint presentations, participant handouts
  • Pre-course questionnaire and post-course mission report

Outcome objectives of mandate

At the end of the course, through hands-on experiential learning, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Explain the concept and evolution of SSR, including such issues as contexts, principles, programme areas and the highly political nature of SSR,
  • Describe the key policy frameworks and actors involved in SSR, with a special emphasis on the EU and the UN,
  • Analyse sub-sector reform processes targeting the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR,
  • Articulate cross-cutting issues such as oversight, gender and multi-actor coordination,
  • Identify key lessons and latest trends from practical SSR experiences,
  • Engage in dialogue and experience sharing with fellow participants, facilitators and external experts.

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