Switzerland

Switzerland

Support to EU in The Gambia

Switzerland mandate in Gambia 08/10/2017 - 31/01/2018

In October 2017, the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs mandated DCAF-ISSAT to support multilateral organisations in launching international support to SSR in The Gambia. Consequently, a DCAF-ISSAT Senior Advisor was deployed to the Gambia for a 2-week mission to backstop the EU Delegation in supporting the drafting of the SSR General Assessment by the Gambian Technical Working Group, in coordination with the UN and ECOWAS. This Assessment was finalised in December 2017 as a first output of the national SSR process. In the course of this deployment, DCAF-ISSAT liaised with the WB team conducting a PER of the Security Sector. As a follow-up, the Swiss authorised DCAF-ISSAT to deploy for a second mission in February 2018 to assist the EU and the WB on how to increase international donors’ leverage and effectiveness in promoting a sustainable Security Sector.

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Facilitate UNHCR workshop on Rule of Law

UN mandate in Switzerland 21/11/2016 - 22/11/2016

In its ambition to pursue solutions for refugees and other people of concern (PoC), the UNHCR recognises that it must have an understanding of the legal contexts in which it operates and how these legal contexts and the presence or absence of rule of law can influence that solutions may be available to UNCHR PoC, how and where. A forthcoming workshop will focus on these matters. The facilitator, with this type of expertise, will guide participants through a process of analysis to articulate the impact of rule of law on achieving solutions.

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Support to developing IDB risk mitigation guidelines for Justice and Citizen Security programming

Switzerland mandate in Central America, SOUTH AMERICA 20/03/2016 - 01/11/2016

Switzerland has requested ISSAT to support the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in their process of developing human rights risk mitigation guidelines. 

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been involved in citizen security projects for almost two decades, in response to the clear and significant impacts that poor levels of citizen security and justice provision have on economic outcomes. Despite these long term citizen security efforts, the IDB has not yet completely integrated these projects into country and regional approaches, and has faced challenges in developing the required knowledge, expertise, and risk management processes to support such programming. A 2014 evaluation of the IDB’s citizen security remit concluded that one of the key elements of sustaining competitive advantage in citizen security was the development and implementation of risk mitigation guidelines. 

Switzerland is a strong supporter of the work of the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular in Honduras where SDC is working with the IDB through its programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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Support to developing IDB risk mitigation guidelines for Justice and Citizen Security programming

Switzerland mandate in Central America, SOUTH AMERICA 20/03/2016 - 01/11/2016

Switzerland has requested ISSAT to support the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in their process of developing human rights risk mitigation guidelines. 

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been involved in citizen security projects for almost two decades, in response to the clear and significant impacts that poor levels of citizen security and justice provision have on economic outcomes. Despite these long term citizen security efforts, the IDB has not yet completely integrated these projects into country and regional approaches, and has faced challenges in developing the required knowledge, expertise, and risk management processes to support such programming. A 2014 evaluation of the IDB’s citizen security remit concluded that one of the key elements of sustaining competitive advantage in citizen security was the development and implementation of risk mitigation guidelines. 

Switzerland is a strong supporter of the work of the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular in Honduras where SDC is working with the IDB through its programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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Backstopping Support to SDC Honduras (2016-18)

Switzerland mandate in Honduras 01/02/2016 - 31/12/2017

ISSAT/DCAF has been mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to continue providing support to their office in Honduras for Phase 2 (2016-2017) of their programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras. The main goals of the programme were: improved effectiveness of the National Police, greater proportion of committed crimes are investigated and sanctioned, and improved local citizen security and peaceful co-existence. The target audience of the programme included the Secretary of Security, the National Police, Police training and integrity institutions, and 3-5 local municipalities with high indices of violence crime.

Backstopping to SDC continued in the areas of justice and security sector reform, policy dialogue in the program steering mechanism, and in liaising with other donors. As well as advising and supporting SDC in incorporating security, conflict and peace in other parts of SDC’s development program using conflict sensitive program management and related analysis.

The support also helped identify programme entry points for issues regarding human rights, youth opportunities/social prevention and democratic governance. In this regard, support to the SDC focused on their Chairing the Donor Group on JSSR and Human Rights (MSJDH) in Honduras in 2016 and their capacity to offer more tools for strategic orientation to the Donor Group in accordance with international norms.   

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