In May 2018, the former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Sudan, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, asked Switzerland for assistance in the field of SSR. Following an exploratory mission by the Human Security Division (HSD) in March 2018, it was decided that Switzerland should assess potential support to the Sudanese Police Forces (SPF) within the context of existing Swiss migration assistance frameworks. The support would focus on fostering Sudan’s willingness to tackle some systemic challenges with regard to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law within its police and security forces. At the same time, it would represent a further step towards building up a constructive and enduring relationship between Switzerland and the Sudanese government.
As a result, ISSAT was requested to undertake an initial scoping mission to gauge potential challenges and opportunities for support to reform of the SPF. This would include the subsequent development and delivery of a two-day sensitisation on SSR for selected Sudanese Police and Ministry of Interior personnel should the context be conducive.