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Civilian Coordinator for training in Security Sector Reform (CCT-SSR): ESDC EAB SSR Report on Training Requirements Analysis for Civilian CSDP Missions

Mandated by the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Executive Academic Board on SSR (EAB-SSR) and in partnership with the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy, DCAF-ISSAT conducted a “Training Requirements Analysis” for the European Union “Civilian Common Security and Defense Policy” (CSDP) missions. The analysis recognises key gaps and recommendations to EU member states to improve their support to security and justice advisors, including opportunities regarding talent retention and deployment systems. The final report has been endorsed by the EU Coordination Training Group and EU Member States in March 2021.

Read more about the mandate Training Requirements Analysis for Civilian CSDP Missions on our dedicated mandate page. 

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Linking PFM/HRM for Sustainable Security Sector Reform

This report summarizes some of the key findings and discussion points raised during an expert exchange organized by DCAF-ISSAT in November 20201. The exchange focused on the linkages between public financial management (PFM) and human resources management (HRM) to identify opportunities for strategic reforms tied to technical projects on salary payments of security sector personnel, focusing on emerging good practices, lessons learned and risk factors with regards to the management of human resources in the security sector. Particular attention was paid to the budget process, the management of personnel expenditure and payroll management, as well as the linkages between PFM and wider human resources management as an entry point for increasing transparency and effectiveness.

This event was delivered as a response to a request to the DCAF-ISSAT helpdesk. The helpdesk provides a facility for DCAF-ISSAT’s Governing Board Members to access DCAF-ISSAT expertise to backstop and reinforce their regular work, as well as exploit DCAF-ISSAT’s convening role bringing together members of the international community from Governing Board Members and partner institutions to discuss specific topics on a needs-based and ad-hoc basis.

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ISSAT 2020 Flyer

This is ISSAT's 2020 flyer detailing its structure and services.

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Police Reform: Lessons from donor programming on accountability, demilitarization and representativeness of police institutions

In a Security Sector Reform (SSR) context, police reform aims to transform the values, culture, policies and practices of police organizations so that police can perform their duties with respect human rights and the Rule of Law. Given the police’s direct interaction with the community and the powers typically conferred to them, it is vital to ensure that police officers adhere to high standards of professionalism and accountability in their work. A lack of effective democratic governance and accountability mechanisms over the police forces can have triggering effects on social unrest.
The wide protests across the US and Europe against excessive police use of force focused popular attention on running debates over policing and reform. The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened this focus further. As State of Emergency measures have been a critical part of the global response to the pandemic, the discretionary powers granted to law enforcement institutions to prevent public gatherings have enabled to abusive behaviours in certain cases.

The wide protests across the US and Europe against excessive police use of force focused popular attention on running debates over policing and reform. The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened this focus further. As State of Emergency measures have been a critical part of the global response to the pandemic, the discretionary powers granted to law enforcement institutions to prevent public gatherings have enabled to abusive behaviours in certain cases.

For more resources on Police Reform, visit out dedicated Thematic in Practice Page on Police Reform

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Post Covid-19 Access to Justice and SSG/R

This paper is separated into four sections.  First, it puts the criminal justice crisis on the radar by explaining the nature of the crisis that is looming. Second, it makes the argument that Covid-19 does not raise entirely new challenges, but rather highlights the importance of pre-existing ones. It follows that the solutions can also be found in existing practice and principles. This suggests that a complete overhaul of the system is not required, but rather a recalibration, and in fact revalidates the need for good access to justice programming against these challenges. The third section is the most detailed, discussing trends and issues affecting the criminal justice system due to Covid-19 and where relevant suggesting possible solutions. Last, it makes recommendations for donors as regards both immediate and medium-term interventions in support of the criminal justice system in developing countries as they grapple with the fall out of Covid-19 in their ability to provide access to justice.  

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