Baseline Study for the Netherlands-Burundian SSD Programme

01/08/2009 - 31/10/2009

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The Government of the Netherlands requested the assistance of ISSAT to support their Baseline Study of the Security Sector in Burundi as part of the Netherlands-Burundian Security Sector Development (SSD) Programme. ISSAT was requested to provide a military specialist with knowledge of the security/SSR context in Burundi.

Burundi and the Netherlands have cooperated on security sector development issues since 2004, which was formalised through the signing of a long term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As part of the MoU, the Netherlands and Burundi agreed to execute a baseline study of the security sector, to be undertaken by independent experts in the field of SSD, in close cooperation with Burundian and Dutch representatives.

The baseline assessment served two purposes:

  1. To improve the understanding of the real and perceived of security needs, from an individual, institutional and political perspective. The study should also at the implications this will have for security provision, potential risks and challenges.
  2. To provide a basis against which the results of the Dutch-BurundianSSDprogramme can be evaluated on an annual basis as well as at the end of the programme, and against which future activities can take shape.

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  • End-of-mission report including indicators for assessing the impact of Dutch-Burundian SSD cooperation and identification of entry points for future change management; and recommendations for further assessment and analysis.
  • The team presented the final draft version of the report in Burundi to Dutch and Burundian representatives, and facilitated a one day workshop to discuss and agree on appropriate recommendations on key themes that merit further inquiry. The team also presented the report in The Hague to representatives of the Dutch ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Interior.

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