Renata Dwan, Senior Project Officer Civilian Capacities at the United Nation's headquarters in New York, explains this initiative, why it was set up and what it seeks to achieve.
Considering the role of women in SSR in post-conflict Somalia: An interview with Hanan Ibrahim, CSO Representative for the African Initiative for Women. The questions asked during the interview can be found below.
1. What is the importance of gender in SSR?
2. Are Somali women becoming more involved in SSR decision making ?
3. Why do Somali women need to strengthen their position in the SSR process ?
4. What would you like to see in the future in Somalia?
Moderator: Dr. Michal Mlynár, Ambassador of Slovakia with residence in Nairobi and Chair of the ISSAT Governing Board
Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General of the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON) (TBC)
Ambassador Nancy Kirui, CBS, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State for Defence, Kenya
Moderator: Mr. Gabriel Negatu, Regional Director for the East Africa Resource Centre, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Dr. Julius T. Rotich, Deputy Secretary General (Political Federation), East African Community (EAC)
Mr. David W. Njoka,Director of Political Affairs, Ministry for the East African Community (EAC)-Kenya
Commander Abebe Muluneh Beyene, Head, IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP)
Dr. Medhane Tadesse Gebresilassie, African Security Sector Network’s Senior SSR Adviser to the African Union
High Level Panel Session on SSR (East Africa): Regional and International Support to National SSR (Session 6: 03-10-12)
Moderator: Dr. Mark Downes, Head of DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT)
Mr. Joel Hellman, Director, Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development, the World Bank
Mr. Aeneas Chuma, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kenya
Professor Eboe Hutchful, Chair of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN)
Dr. Serge Rumin, Director of the Security Sector Development Programme, Memorandum of Understanding Burundi-Netherlands
High Level Panel Session on SSR (East Africa) : Lessons from the Country Case Studies (Session 5: 03-10-12)
Moderator: Professor Eboe Hutchful, Chair of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN)
Ambassador Antoine Ntamobwa, Director General for North American Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Burundi
Dr. Norman Mlambo, SSR Focal Point, African Union
Brigadier Kellie Conteh, UNMISS Advisor to the Minister of National Security, South Sudan
High Level Panel Session on SSR (East Africa): SSR in Somalia-Lessons & Challenges (Session 4: 02-10-12)
Moderator: Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, UN SRSG for Somalia and Head of UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS)
Colonel Mohammed Jama, Strategic Military Adviser to the Somali Chief of Defence Staff
Hon. Hussein Arab Isse, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and Member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia
Ms. Hanan Ibrahim, Director of the African Initiative for African Women
Brigadier General Abdihakim Dahir Sa’id, Deputy Police Commissioner, Somalia
High Level Panel Session on SSR (East Africa): SSR in Burundi-Lessons & Challenges (Session 3: 02-10-12)
Moderator:Mr. Stephen Jackson, Chief of Staff, United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB)
Major General Silas Ntigurirwa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence
Mr. Maurice Mbonimpa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Security
Mr. Charles Ndayiziga, Director, Centre d’Alerte de Prévention des Conflits (CENAP)
High Level Panel Session on SSR (East Africa): SSR in South Sudan_Lessons & Challenges (Session 2: 02-10-12)
Moderator: Ms. Hilde Johnson, UN SRSG in South Sudan and Head of UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)
General Oyay Deng Ajak, Minister of National Security, South Sudan
Mr. Edmund Yakani, Coordinator, Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), South Sudan
Lieutenant General (Ret) Gebretsadkan Gebretensae, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Research and Dialogue (CPRD)
High Level Panel Session on SSR (East Africa): AU and UN Policy Frameworks, Key Issues & Emerging Trends ( Session 1: 02-10-12)
Moderator: General Lamine Cissé, former Chief of Defence Staff and Minister of Interior of Senegal, former UN SRSG in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) and SRSG for West Africa, UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA)
Speakers: Mr. Dmitry Titov, UN Assistant Secretary–General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Dr. Tarek A. Sharif, Head of the Defence and Security Division of the Peace and Security Department, African Union
Mr. Gabriel Negatu, Regional Director for the East Africa Resource Centre, African Development Bank (AfDB)