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
In conflict-prone regions such as the Middle East where conflict trends seem to be cyclical and undermine long-term reform efforts and institution building, security sector reform (SSR) is perceived to be a risky endeavour. However, SSR has been repeatedly anchored in international policy and programming as a prevention tool that aims to build institutional and community resilience. Building legitimate, representative security and justice institutions has been linked to contributing to consolidating peace. As a result, such contexts sometimes witness a surge in SSR programming without shared knowledge of what has been achieved and where are the gaps.
This can lead to duplication of efforts and burdening of national actors. Joint mappings of donor-supported reform programmes should facilitate coordination amongst donors, stronger alignment with national strategies and visions and facilitate a higher contribution to aid effectiveness.
ISSAT will continue to facilitate multi-donor mappings to enable greater coordination in contexts of shared interest by its Governing Board Members and help maximise the overall impact of donor engagement in reforming countries.
ISSAT’s support is requested to conduct a mapping study of SSR programmes ongoing in 4 countries in the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq). The mapping will look at security and justice reform programmes including access to justice and legal empowerment. It will also look at emerging thematic area support, including accountability, prevention of violent extremism, migration and other context specific challenges.