Core Course on Security Sector Reform as part of the ESDC Core Courses on SSR

30/03/2020 - 04/04/2020

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Following ten successful years of collaboration, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence has requested DCAF-ISSAT’s support to run the first part of the two ESDC SSR training courses from March 30 – April 5 and October 10-15, 2020. These tailored level 1 SSR trainings is the first part of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Core Courses taking place in April and October 2020. It will be conducted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), in collaboration with DCAF-ISSAT. DCAF-ISSAT’s trainers will be involved in course preparations at the venue from Monday 30 March to Saturday 4 April and again from Monday October 5 to Saturday October 10.

This international training course will bring together approximately 25 to 30 participants from different ministries and governmental institutions, personnel serving in different international and regional organisations and international crisis response missions/operations as well as personnel from NGOs and Think Tanks.


The first part of the training will include components of the DCAF-ISSAT’s level 1 introductory training. Topics to be addressed by DCAF-ISSAT will include concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, SSR in post-conflict contexts, the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR, the coordination for SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.  Special attention will be paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.

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Mandate outputs / products

  • Pre and post-course coordination meetings.
  • Training course including - course description, PowerPoint presentations, participant handouts
  • Pre-course questionnaire and post-course mission report

Intended immediate outcomes of mandate

At the end of the course, through hands-on experiential learning, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Explain the concept and evolution of SSR, including such issues as contexts, principles, programme areas and the highly political nature of SSR,
  • Describe the key policy frameworks and actors involved in SSR, with a special emphasis on the EU and the UN,
  • Analyse sub-sector reform processes targeting the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR,
  • Articulate cross-cutting issues such as oversight, gender and multi-actor coordination,
  • Identify key lessons and latest trends from practical SSR experiences,
  • Engage in dialogue and experience sharing with fellow participants, facilitators and external experts.

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