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What works in Career Path Development for Freelancers in Civilian CSDP missions - A review of EU MS good practices

Ireland took an active role in leading a cluster discussion on career path development, with a focus on freelancers in civilian CSDP missions. With the support of DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance and, more specifically, its International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), representatives from 17 EUMS and several EU services, as well as the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management joined the discussion to unpack the key challenges and opportunities of seconding and build career path of freelancers. In parallel, DCAF-ISSAT carried out individual interviews with seconding states and active/-former freelancers in CSDP missions.

The analysis of the information collected is summarized in this report. Its aim is to highlight what works among the EUMS and show some of the good practices that may inspire others to improve the number and quality of freelancers deployed to civilian CSDP missions.

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Avoiding Civilian Harm from Military Cyber Operations During Armed Conflicts

As part of its mandate  to  work for the  understanding  and  dissemination  of knowledge  of IHL  and, if necessary,  prepare any development  thereof,  the  ICRC monitors the  development of new technologies  that  are,or could be,used as means and methods of warfare during armed conflicts. This approach is based on legal, military, technical, ethical and humanitarian considerations, which are closely related. 

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SSR needs assessment of Somaliland CSOs

This study report provides an analysis and evaluation of the recent needs assessment of Somaliland Civil Society Organizations /CSOs/ on their engagement with SSR. The study also discusses Somaliland security actors and the ongoing SSR processes. In doing this, it will analyze the specific capacities and gaps of leading CSOs in SSR programming and policy development endeavors. On this note the study report indicates the areas of external support required, as well as the shortcomings to be addressed. Prominent among the study findings is the need for security literacy in Somaliland, the vital role CSOs can play which in turn requires training on SSR to few interested CSOs.

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Civilian Coordinator for training in Security Sector Reform (CCT-SSR): ESDC EAB SSR Report on Training Requirements Analysis for Civilian CSDP Missions

Mandated by the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Executive Academic Board on SSR (EAB-SSR) and in partnership with the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy, DCAF-ISSAT conducted a “Training Requirements Analysis” for the European Union “Civilian Common Security and Defense Policy” (CSDP) missions. The analysis recognises key gaps and recommendations to EU member states to improve their support to security and justice advisors, including opportunities regarding talent retention and deployment systems. The final report has been endorsed by the EU Coordination Training Group and EU Member States in March 2021.

Read more about the mandate Training Requirements Analysis for Civilian CSDP Missions on our dedicated mandate page. 

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