Advanced Training Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) (UK - 77 Brigade)

25/06/2018 - 29/06/2018

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The 77th Brigade UK Army has conducted an “Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from 25-29 June 2018 at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

This five-day intensive residential course has been carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).

This advanced training was aimed at those who are just about to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral mission to support security sector reform programmes. More specifically, the course targets senior practitioners and professionals – including civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – who are working closely on issues related to SSR such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration etc. The course also targets those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/ policy dialogue. The organisers intend to select a highly diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as with regards to gender balance.

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The 5 day residential course aims to enhance the practical skills, capacity and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences in SSR trends and practice. It highlights issues such as the principles and characteristics of SSR, enhancing governance and oversight of security and justice institutions, the linkages between justice and police reform and the development of national security strategies. The course also develops soft skills and will focus on the role of a SSR advisor. Focusing on practical exercises, case studies and role plays, this intensive course helps participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and helps elaborate possible solutions to common roadblocks.

Outcome objectives of mandate

Build a practical understanding around the characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR; enhance skills required to support SSR programming; examine thematics such as justice, police and defence reform and their interlinkages; identify key lessons and trends from practical SSR experiences; engage and share  experience between participants, facilitators and external experts.  

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