Sensitization workshop on DDR and SSR : « sharing lessons learned and good practices »

01/02/2019 - 31/03/2019

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As part of its annual programme of work, the Commission of the African Union (AU) is supporting the Government of Mali through its Mission in Mali and in the Sahel (MISAHEL) to organize a Sensitization workshop on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR): “Sharing lessons learned and best practices” on 5-7 March 2019, in Bamako. 


The objective of the workshop is to identify the current progress and challenges of the accelerated DDR process; to discuss issues of integration and national frameworks to support the existing processes and promote best practices, and experience sharing from other Member States whom have undergone similar experiences.


Given the AUC-DCAF JDI on SSR collaboration, DCAF has been asked to support the AUC DSD and the MISAHEL during the workshop. The following DCAF assistance is envisaged:

  • Attend the workshop to share experiences;
  • Stand-in as panel facilitators and speakers in specific sessions, according to the final programme

Two SSR experts (one from ISSAT, one from SSAD) will take part in the workshop.  

DCAF’s support involves collaboration between SSAD and ISSAT, with the latter leading the DCAF team.

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Mandate outputs / products

-          2 presentations

-          Facilitation of 2 sessions

-          Support AU team to recap key points for each session

Intended immediate outcomes of mandate

Malian stakeholders and international partners involved will have a better understanding of the DDR and SSR concepts; the challenges currently encountered in Mali are identified and lessons learned/good practices shared from other African contexts are discussed; coordination is improved.

The workshop will allow the AU to determine its support.  

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