Advanced Training Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) (County Kildare, Ireland)

26/07/2018 - 17/12/2018

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The Irish Ministry of Defence organised a five-day advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in County Kildare, Ireland from November 26-30 2018. The course was carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

The course targeted 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 the specific challenges of violent extremism such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. The course also targeted those involved in programme design, management and implementation, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/ policy dialogue.  

Topics addressed included concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, justice and defence reform, police, effective advising on SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.

Indeed, 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

  • A course description,
  • PowerPoint presentations,
  • Handouts,
  • Facilitator notes,
  • Additional resources for the participants,
  • Training sessions,
  • Pre and post-course evaluation questionnaires,
  • Pre and post-course coordination meetings,
  • Mission report.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The course was primarily aimed at relevant policy makers, practitioners, military, policing as well as civilian participants working closely on issues related to Security and Justice Sector Reform (SJSR) or who are to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral missions supporting SJSR activity.

At the end of the training participants were supposed to be able to:

  • Build a practical understanding around the concept and key characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR, based on debate and discussions, exercises and case studies;
  • Enhance skills required for effectively support SSR programmes;
  • Examine various aspects of SSR including justice, police and defence reform and the interlinkages between these components;
  • 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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