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DCAF/ICRC | Toolkit: Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments

DCAF and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have just published the third edition of Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments Toolkit, a guidance document for companies operating in complex environments. Recommendations are provided on addressing the challenges associated with such environments, and these are complemented by practical tools such as checklists and case studies. The third edition adds a new chapter, Chapter 4 – Working with communities, developed in collaboration with CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.


Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

The Battle at El Adde: The Kenya Defence Forces, al-Shabaab, and Unanswered Questions

The International Peace Institute (IPI) published a brief to give a better insight of the Battle at El Adde, in the Gedo region of Somalia where Kenya was defeated in January 2016. The brief gives a preliminary analysis of the attack, some lessons learned, and looks at wider issues from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Contesting Authority: Armed rebellion and military fragmentation in Walikale and Kalehe, North and South Kivu

The regions of Walikale and Kalehe in the DRC suffer from political and military tensions caused by unresolved conflicts within the communities. This report from the Rift Valley Institute analyses the armed groups' involvement in the public life of the regions, from their involvement in the exercise of local authority to dispute resolutions. How do these groups influence local power, politics, and security? How do they mobilise popular support?

Local Security-Making in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

In 2015 a three-year research project on everyday security in Central Asia was launched by Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in cooperation with researchers in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The working paper uses the anthropological concept of 'securityscape' to study various social groups from the two countries and the production of security by everyday practices.

Other Documents

Does SSR improve security in developing countries?

Lisa Denney and Craig Valters develop on their 2015 review of DFID's SSR experience, pointing out the bleak picture of some capacity building programmes. The authors stress the need for political awareness, adaptation to the context, and long-term yet flexible commitment to improve the effectiveness of programmes.

ISSAT Training Courses

Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform (in French)

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with DCAF-ISSAT will be holding an advanced training on security sector reform in Tunis from September 19-23. Please note that the applications close on Sunday 7th of August, and that preference will be given to practitioners working in or on the MENA region. 

Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union in partnership with DCAF-ISSAT will organise an advanced training course on security sector reform in the Hague from October 17-21. Please note that the applications close on Monday 12th of September.


Summer University for Security Studies

Kosovo Youth Atlantic Treaty Association organises a one week course focusing on the meaning, the implications, the evolution, and the importance of security. Students will take an in-depth look at stakeholders’ ways of dealing with security and conflicts at different levels and in different contexts.



Senior governance and public administration officer | UNDESA | New York | Deadline: 12 August 2016

Political affairs officer | DPKO | Deadline: 17 August 2016

Civil Affairs Officer | DPKO | Deadline: 17 August 2016

Internship Opportunity - Offre de stage | DCAF-ISSAT | Geneva | Deadline: Until position is filled

Tip of the Week

Want to learn about good practice in security and justice programming? Have a look at ISSAT's SSR Methodology and Guidance. It contains explanations of key concepts, recommended activities, and a growing collection of case studies, tools, examples, lessons, and other resources drawn from the collective experience of the community.