Switzerland

Switzerland

JSSR as a way to strengthen citizen security: Training for IDB

Switzerland mandate in USA 23/03/2015 - 01/09/2015

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was the first multilateral institution to support citizen security loans in Latin American and the Caribbean and to promote a violence prevention approach as part of the governments’ agendas.To complement the existing loan mechanisms, the IDB created in 2012 the Citizen Security Initiative (CSI) - funded by the ordinary capital of the Bank. The CSI is an essential tool, complementary to the technical and financial support the Bank offers to its members, to improve the development, management and evaluation of public policies in the citizen security sector. Citizen security is currently a priority or dialogue area in the strategies of 14 of the 26 IDB beneficiary countries. At least other 3 countries had citizen security in previous country strategies and there are loan operations in 17 countries. The reach of technical cooperation is even broader: there are 42 projects in implementation and/or pipeline funded by the CSI.

Justice and Security Sector Reform (JSSR) has now become a central component of efforts to overcome the cycle of conflict and the causes of fragility, from Honduras to Haiti. To be sustainable, JSSR must be based on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality, civilian protection, human security, democratic oversight and respect for human rights. This means that SSR involves long-term investments that lead to social cohesion, peaceful and inclusive societies and sustainable development.

Against this backdrop, the IDB plans to organize a two-three day workshop in Washington DC on justice and security sector reform (JSSR). This workshop, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), would be delivered by DCAF/ISSAT.

The aim of this workshop is to update IDB in analysing evolving conflicts in countries that are affected by violence and to better understand the instruments available in context analysis. It will bring together 25 participants from the IDB, SDC and partner countries.

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Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) - Lesson Learning - Assessing and documenting

EU, Switzerland mandate in Zimbabwe 01/02/2015 - 01/08/2015

Notwithstanding the fragile political environment, the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) was designed and implemented on behalf of the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Trust (ZPST), a legally constituted and Zimbabwean owned and driven organisation. It aimed to contribute, through impartial and professional technical assistance, to the effective and sustainable modernisation and transformation of the security sector in Zimbabwe.  Its ability to engage in dialogue a wide variety of SSR stakeholders, and the thus far political sustainability of the programme deserve being understood, given the extremely adverse environment in which this took place.  Such an exercise would imply documenting the trajectory of the ZPSP with a view to identifying lessons and mapping potential good practice, which is still greatly absent from the growing academic and policy production on SSR experiences in Africa.

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Backstopping Missions to Honduras in Support of SDC - CONTINUATION OF MANDATE

Switzerland mandate in Honduras 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2014

ISSAT/DCAF has been mandated by SDC to provide support to their office in Honduras for the Swiss new Cooperation Strategy for Central America 2013-2017. This support will be provided in the form of backstopping in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity

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Scoping Mission to Honduras in Support of SDC

Switzerland mandate in Honduras 14/01/2013 - 11/04/2013

ISSAT/DCAF has been mandated by SDC to provide support to their office in Honduras for the Swiss new Cooperation Strategy for Central America 2013-2017. This support will be provided in the form of backstopping in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity.

As a first step to fulfilling the mandate, ISSAT will undertake a scoping mission to Honduras. The purpose of the scoping mission is to:

a)  Assess SDC’s backstopping needs given the internal and external opportunities and challenges presented to Switzerland’s development cooperation with Honduras in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity;

b)  Provide a qualified foundation for the drafting of a three-year backstopping contract between SDC and DCAF/ISSAT with partners.

Following a brief desk review phase, two ISSAT advisors will undertake a ten-day field mission (18 Feb – 01 Mar) to undertake a light assessment.

The assessment will primarily be based on the study of existing documents, interviews, one field trip to a community and different types of workshops. For the latter, the methodology of “interactive analysis”[1] of armed violence/conflict will be used as well as participatory mapping exercises.

[1] These types of workshops, interactive analysis, have been used my DCAF/ISSAT and partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America to gather expert groups and extract sharp analysis, conclusions and recommendations in a very cost effective, or efficient, way.

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Backstopping Missions to Honduras in Support of SDC

Switzerland mandate in Honduras 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013

ISSAT/DCAF has been mandated by SDC to provide support to their office in Honduras for the Swiss new Cooperation Strategy for Central America 2013-2017. This support will be provided in the form of backstopping in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity.

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