JSSR as a way to strengthen citizen security: Training for IDB

23/03/2015 - 01/09/2015

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was the first multilateral institution to support citizen security loans in Latin American and the Caribbean and to promote a violence prevention approach as part of the governments’ agendas.To complement the existing loan mechanisms, the IDB created in 2012 the Citizen Security Initiative (CSI) - funded by the ordinary capital of the Bank. The CSI is an essential tool, complementary to the technical and financial support the Bank offers to its members, to improve the development, management and evaluation of public policies in the citizen security sector. Citizen security is currently a priority or dialogue area in the strategies of 14 of the 26 IDB beneficiary countries. At least other 3 countries had citizen security in previous country strategies and there are loan operations in 17 countries. The reach of technical cooperation is even broader: there are 42 projects in implementation and/or pipeline funded by the CSI.

Justice and Security Sector Reform (JSSR) has now become a central component of efforts to overcome the cycle of conflict and the causes of fragility, from Honduras to Haiti. To be sustainable, JSSR must be based on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality, civilian protection, human security, democratic oversight and respect for human rights. This means that SSR involves long-term investments that lead to social cohesion, peaceful and inclusive societies and sustainable development.

Against this backdrop, the IDB plans to organize a two-three day workshop in Washington DC on justice and security sector reform (JSSR). This workshop, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), would be delivered by DCAF/ISSAT.

The aim of this workshop is to update IDB in analysing evolving conflicts in countries that are affected by violence and to better understand the instruments available in context analysis. It will bring together 25 participants from the IDB, SDC and partner countries.

Mandate outputs / products

Training at IDB in Washington, 1,5 day.

Day 1 - session 1

Introduction to JSSR and the links to citizen security


Coffee break


Day 1 - session 2

Honduras case study (outline and analysis around the 1-2-3 of JSSR) - note that Honduras will then form the core of the exercises in subsequent sessions




Day 1 - session 3

Mapping the security and justice sector (based on Honduras)


Coffee break


Day 1 - session 4

Non-state actors: their role and how to support them (based on Honduras)


Day 2 - session 1

Gender and JSSR


Day 2 - session 2

Strengthening international coordination in JSSR (to include the regional dimensions)

Outcome objectives of mandate

Overall goal:Participants are knowledgeable about how JSSR instruments address violence and conflict situations, strengthen RoL and the functioning and accountability of institutions. They understand the political character of JSSR interventions.

The course aims to build both JSSR knowledge and skills. Through an interactive and practical training approach, this course will help participants to:

  • Better understand and identify the root causes and appearances of insecurities  in the Latin-American and Caribbean (LAC) context;
  • Develop the basic skills required to undertake JSSR programming with a results based approach;
  • Use concrete cases to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice from the LAC context.

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