Advanced course on SSR – November 26-30 2018 – The Hague, Netherlands

22/07/2018 - 21/12/2018

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The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise a five-day advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in The Hague, Netherlands from November 26-30 2018.

The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT. This advanced five-day training programme will bring together approximately 25 participants from the Dutch government (12), NGOs (5) as well as ISSAT and the African Union (8 for both). The identification of the participants from the African Union will be facilitated by ISSAT.

Topics to be addressed will include 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 will be 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 will be used throughout the course.

Regarding the case studies, Somalia was selected as last year’s country-case for several group exercises. There is a possibility to consider also Iraq/Syria or Mali.

Several guest speakers are expected to be invited during the course (one hour per guest speaker).

Mandating organisation / agency / department / ministry

Mandate outputs / products

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

Intended immediate outcomes of mandate

The course is 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 course, through hands-on experiential learning, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Explain why security and development are inextricably linked,
  • Describe the concept and the key characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR,
  • Apply SSR methodology and tools to effectively support SSR programmes,
  • Articulate various components of SSR including the justice, police and defence sector reform as well as the interlinkages between them,
  • Articulate a confidence-building, gender and human rights-based approach to SSR processes,
  • 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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