CSOs and SSR

07/02/2014 @ 19:58
par Ishaq Ibrahim

Hi all.

Hope you are all fine and tracing your timelines as 2014 goes airborne.

I am scheduled to host a workshop on Peace Building for an NGO in northern Uganda late March. The NGO assists in reintegrating former child solders weaned from Joseph Kony's LRA rebellion. Such a programme cannot pass without talking about SSR. Anybody with any material to share, on the place of Civil Society Organisations in SSR, of whatever form, will be making a great contribution.

11/02/2014 @ 13:28
by Thammy Evans


Thanks for letting us know about this workshop initiative in March in Uganda—reintegration of child soldiers is such an important topic. I know I’ve already highlighted the Germany-based CSO Children for Tomorrow, to you before; another CSO active in reintegration of child soldiers in Uganda is the UK-based Warchild. SSR tools and documents that might be useful for NGOs working in this area are:

Could I ask who the NGO is? I’m sure my colleagues will also have resources to offer to this list, so I hope they’ll reply to your post soon.

12/02/2014 @ 19:03
by Bettina Kircher

Dear Ishaq,

when I saw your question two main guiding documents (elaborated by the UN since 2006) came to my mind.  They serve both as a source of information for practical and operational approaches in SSR/DDR processes, including the implication of CSOs:


The ITGNs are a valid resource on SSR strategic and operational approaches including how to strengthen the role and capacity of civil society. Although elaborated mainly for UN practitioners, they are also addressed to national actors including Member States, multilateral and regional organizations and partners in the private and public sector.

You can download them on the DCAF resource library.


Under the chapter Democratic Governance of the Security Sector you will find information on how to :

7. Support to the Democratic Governance of the Security Sector

7.1 Strengthen the Constitutional and Legal Framework

7.2 Strengthen the Role and Capacity of Civil Society


8. Approaches for United Nations Support

8.10 Support Capacity Development Programmes for Civilian
Actors across Rule of Law, Justice and Security Institutions


The IDDRS cover reintegration as the most challenging part of DDR processes. Although developed for DDR programmes taking place in peacekeeping contexts, most direction and guidance are also applicable to DDR programmes taking place in non­peacekeeping contexts.

You can download them on:    http://www.unddr.org/iddrs.aspx

Examples: Under the chapter REINTEGRATION you will find approaches towards:

4.30 Social and Economic Reintegration: Guiding principles, Programme design and planning including conflict analysis and reintegration tools


5.3. Children and DDR

Hope you'll find something that supports you in your challenging task!

All the best and good luck,


13/02/2014 @ 02:24
by Ishaq Ibrahim

Thanks for the responses so far. Thanks Thammy for your interest and support. It is called Community Network for Social Justice, a small award-winning NGO whose director is himself a former abductee of the LRA. You can check this link: http://www.insightonconflict.org/2013/09/2013-winner-cnsj/

26/02/2014 @ 16:37
by Mark Downes

Dear Ishaq,

you might want to check out some of the publications developed by the Child Soldiers Initiative http://www.childsoldiers.org/publications/

Best regards,