The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the European Union with the support of DCAF/ ISSAT, will conduct an Advanced Level 2 training on SSR in French from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Beirut. The training is aimed at those working directly on SSR support programmes or those supporting SSR through bilateral, regional or multilateral missions in countries where SSR is an important political issue.
Besides the French representatives of the central administration ( MFA, security agencies ) and diverse attachés from Embassies of Mena area and EU representatives working in the field of security and development, the training will also bring together participants of Lebanese security institutions and others, invited by France, coming from beneficiary countries.
Specific objectives for the training include:
• Refresh participants’ knowledge on the concepts and characteristics of SSR;
• Place SSR within the international and national contexts, and explain how the context impacts on the approach to be taken;
• Build a practical understanding around the key characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR based on debate and discussions, exercises and case studies;
• Draw on SSR knowledge to identify key lessons from practical SSR experiences
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.
The Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) will host the fourth annual meeting of the European Association for Peace Operations Training Centres (EAPTC) from 3-4 May in Vicenza, Italy. The meeting will bring together EAPTC members and partners in a bid to discuss latest trends and developments in peace operations trainings and share information on ongoing activities.
DCAF-ISSAT has been a founding member of the European Association for Peace Operations Training Centres (EAPTC). Since, it has been a regular contributor to the EAPTC Annual Meetings. In 2014 DCAF-ISSAT organised the EAPTC Annual Meeting in Stans, Switzerland. The 2016 meeting will provide the opportunity to interact with like-minded institutions, explore potential partnership and showcase DCAF-ISSAT products and services.
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.
Project Identification for an EU programme to support the reform of the Justice Sector in Guinea Bissau
The EU Delegation in Guinea Bissau (GB) requests the support of ISSAT to undertake two interlinked mandates.
Mandate 1: Project identification for a new programme of support (September 2015)
Mandate 2: Project formulation (foreseen Q1 2016)
The detailed EU Delegation / ISSAT Terms of Reference for the second mandate will be completed after the first mandate in order to take into account the knowledge gained. As such, the information hereafter refers only to Mandate 1.
The first mandate will focus on determining options for EU support to the GB justice sector.
In order to ensure that the project identification is based on the experience gained by the EU Delegation’s previous support to the justice sector, the mission will firstly examine lessons identified through participatory workshops and interviews where possible with persons previously associated with the Programme d'Appui aux Organes de Souveraineté et à l'Etat de Droit (PAOSED).
In addition, the project identification will take into account the Programa de Reforma de Justice of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the formulation made in 2011 during the PAOSED mid-term evaluation , as well as the preliminary analysis already carried out by the EU Delegation to identify broad areas of interest.
The identification of possible areas of engagement will also be based on the needs voiced/observed during the field mission.
Possible linkages and coordination with other programs and initiatives will be studied, in particular the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Program to support the Rule of Law in the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP) and Timor Leste, the Government of Brazil’s efforts in support to Justice and Security in Guinea Bissau (on-going assessment mission), and the UNDP programmes.
In line with the EU Action Document template, as well as discussions between ISSAT and the EU Delegation regarding the division of responsibilities, ISSAT will focus during the first mandate on the following:
- Risks and assumptions (these will remain at the overarching level at this stage and will need to be revisited during the second mandate)
- Lessons learned, complementarity and cross-cutting issues (in particular in relation to the PAOSED programme)
- Options for the future programme (and areas to be developed during the second mandate)
The methodology for project identification will consist of a document review, focus groups, individual interviews, and direct observation where possible. In order to ensure that views are gathered from a wider range of stakeholders, it is anticipated that the mission will also involve travel outside of Bissau.
The lesson learning and project identification will be undertaken by a three-person team with the following composition:
- Justice Expert (expert 1)
- Senior Justice Expert (expert 2)
- Context and Methodology Expert (expert 3)
 This was for the PROJUST programme, which was not implemented.