Delivering the European Union Security Sector Governance Facility

EU mandate in EU 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020

On the 5th of July 2016,  an "EU-wide Strategic Framework on SSR Support" was adopted to enhance the impact and sustainability of its efforts in supporting SSR processes. In order to ensure the implementation of this framework, the European Union Security Sector Governance Facility project was set up.The EU SSG Facility, funded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), provides a unique service to all EU actors and instruments – political/diplomatic; external action instruments; crisis response; and CSDP civilian and military actors at all levels – in providing responsive, flexible and effective expertise for emerging needs in countries undergoing security sector reform and transformation.

The consortium responsible for implementing the Facility comprises the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA); and Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI).

The consortium has also associated the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, to draw on their distinct expertise.

The Facility is jointly steered by the European Commission Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI); the European External Action Service PRISM division (Prevention of conflicts, Rule of law/SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilization and Mediation); and the Facility’s Key Experts. This will
ensure that all requests for support missions are treated in a structured and transparent manner and that deployed expertise best matches the needs and expectations of the Facility’s beneficiaries, and meets the highest standards.

The Facility includes recognized experts with experience in the security, justice and governance sector, supported by a solid, experienced backstopping team drawn from the individual consortium members. The team includes:

  • Thomas Vennen, Head
  • Guillaume Lacaille, Principal Advisor
  • Antoine Hanin, Methodological Advisor
  • Victoria Walker, Backstopping Coordinator
  • Krisztina Szalachy, Administrative Assistant.

To contact the team in Brussels, please use this address or by postal address: 24 avenue des arts (boîte 8), 1000 Brussels.


Advanced Level 2 Training on Security Sector Reform (L2 SSR)

EU, Netherlands mandate in EU, Netherlands 27/11/2017 - 01/12/2017

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the EU will organise a five-day advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, at the CCOE in the Hague, Netherlands from 27 Nov – 01 Dec 2017. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.


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.


The training will aim to enhance the knowledge, skills, understanding and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences in SSR trends and practice, which will contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of their work. Exposed to practical tools and techniques applicable to use in mission, the participants will in particular, be supported in developing skills for effective advising.


Presentation for EU working committees on SSR/Train&Equip

Netherlands mandate in EU 20/06/2016 - 20/06/2016

On June 20th a meeting will take place under the NL EU presidency that will bring together the two committees of EU member states representatives that deal with development policy (“CODEV”) and with civilian aspects of crisis management (“CivCom”), as well as representatives from the European Commission and the European External Action Service. In total some 70 participants are expected.

The occasion for the meeting is the fact that this Summer the EU will produce two policy documents: one on SSR and one on Capacity Building in support of Security and Development (CBSD – or Train&Equip). The document on SSR has gone through a relatively extensive consultation process with useful discussions on the concept as such and its application by EU instruments. The discussions on CBSD/Train&Equip, however, have been mostly top-down and focused on legal and budgetary issues. For the Netherlands that is cause for concern because train & equip as an approach of course has its risks and pitfalls.


EUPST training on SSR and Police Reform

UK mandate in EU 13/03/2016 - 18/03/2016

The course includes several modules covering topics such as the concept and policy framework of SSR, strengthening governance and accountability within the police services, analyzing and designing police support programmes, dilemmas and challenges when supporting police reform. Interactive co-learning methodologies and concrete case studies that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.

The United Kingdom’s Stabilisation Unit has requested the support of ISSAT to design and deliver a training on SSR and Police Reform. This course is part of the UK’s contribution to the European Union Police Services Training group (EUPST). The training will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 12-18 March 2016. All preparations will be handled by the UK, in collaboration with local partners on the ground. ISSAT will contribute to the design and delivery of the course.
The five-day training will bring together approximately 45 participants from various EUPST member countries/ organisations. Participants will be middle to senior level police officers who are deployed in or have firm intentions to deploy to international policing missions with the European Union, the United Nations or other multilateral, regional or international organisations.


Governance and Rule of Law Seminar for EU Delegations

EU mandate in EU 29/10/2015 - 29/10/2015

The training is targeted at EU delegations and headquarters staff involved in the field of governance, rule of law, justice and SSR support. The training programme will combine presentations, case studies with group exercises, discussions and experience exchange. As the training aims to be interactive and to create space for exchange of best practices, challenges and field experiences in these areas, colleagues from Delegations and operational units will be invited to actively participate in the sessions along with the trainers, in order to share their experiences and concerns.