Advanced Course on Security Sector reform (SSR) in Canada

12/06/2018 - 14/06/2018

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This was a 3 day Advanced SSR course run as a pilot on behalf of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), linked to their Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOP).

The programme aim is to provide an advanced training course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) that can effectively support security sector governance and development as a means building sustainable capacity in fragile and conflict-affected states. In addition, the course align with the Canadian SSR policy (2013) and build upon and go beyond the provision of DCAF-ISSAT current online training modules that provide basic SSR principles and concepts. The course enhances 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.

Course Objectives - 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 latest trends from practical SSR experiences to include considering the key components of Canada’s SSR Guidelines; looking at wider implications of cross-sector justice and SSR design can help with conflict prevention for the state, society and citizen; engage in dialogue and experience sharing with fellow participants, facilitators and external experts.

Mandate outputs / products

  • A detailed course agenda;
  • A case study;
  • Pre-requisite reading or viewing material;
  • Required training materials;
  • 3-days of training on security sector reform for 25-30 participants; and
  • A brief report summarizing evaluations and suggestions for future changes or training.

Intended immediate outcomes of mandate

The mandate entails a pre-course and end-course questionnaire along with a final report on the overall response of participants to the course. From this report a conclusion is drawn on the overall success of the training to generate further ideas, strategies and approaches on how the course can be better improved in the future. 

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