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Blog | Sustainability of SSR means sustainability of the process of SSR

Alwin Van den Boogaard reflects on the meaning of SSR sustainability, going beyond a financial perspective, and emphasising the process of SSR. Read part A of this two-part series to explore the case for both state and individual good governance and ways to increase the accountability of security forces, as well as their relationship with the communities they serve. Next week, part B will explore the need for continuity and autonomy in this process.


Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

Burundi: A Dangerous Third Term | ICG

What are the dynamics and underlying tensions that led to the present situation in Burundi? One year after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term sparked the crisis, the International Crisis Group (ICG) is analysing the situation and presenting recommendations to all involved actors.


Training Course on International Criminal Investigations | JRR

The Justice Rapid Response (JRR) in partnership with the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) will be holding a training course on International Criminal Investigations on October 10-20 2016 in Finland. Successful participants who complete the course will become eligible for certification onto the JRR Roster.

Other Documents

The Current Situation in Libya | USIP 

The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) published a fact sheet on the current situation in Libya. Addressing topics ranging from prison assessment and reform to the role of the media in shaping the security sector narrative, USIP's recent work in Libya is presented along with a number of their publications such as in-depth reports and policy briefs.

The Challenges of Multi-Layered Security Governance in Ituri | JSRP

The third JSRP policy brief outlines the opportunities and challenges of ‘mulit-layered’ security governance in conflict-affected areas. A particular look is given at the ‘multi-layered’ governance process in the Ituri Province in DR Congo known to have suffered from violent conflict and insecurity.


ISSAT’s Training Needs Assessment

A friendly reminder to all former SSR practitioners and/or former training participants to send feedback and comments regarding your training needs related to SSR. ISSAT’s Training Needs Assessment survey has been designed to help us identify current SSR training requirements and trends as well as the overall impact of DCAF/ ISSAT trainings. The information gathered through this survey will feed into DCAF/ISSAT’s new training priorities and provide direction for future training activities.You will require less than 5 minutes to complete the survey. We would be grateful for your responses by 31 May at the latest. We look forward to hearing from you.



Borders, Walls and Violence: Costs and Alternatives to Border Fencing | Thursday 02 June - Friday 03 June 2016 | Montreal 

The Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the University of Québec is organising an international colloquium on the topic of borders and walls. The two-day event will explore the topic through various lenses, such as violence, identity, environment, and art. Conferences will be hosted in both French and English (with simultaneous translation).

Russian State Mobilization: Moving the Country onto a War Footing | Friday 03 June 2016 | 10:00 - 11:30 | London

Chatham House will host Andrew Monaghan who will present the Russian authoritie's strategies to address their perceived evolving security threats. The event will also serve as the launch of his book Russian State Mobilization: Moving the Country on to a War Footing

Protracted Crises | Friday 03 June 2016 | 09:00 - 17:00 | London

Following World Humanitarian Summit which recently took place, the British Academy is hosting a conference in which experts will discuss the suitability of the approaches that are currently used to respond to crises and conflict. The event will address these issues through the perspectives of humanitarianism, development, politics, and the military, and will draw insights from case studies in Nepal, South Sudan, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the Central African Republic. 


Evaluator/Evaluating Team for Community Security Programme in South Sudan | Saferworld | South Sudan | Deadline: 05 June 2016

Administrative Officer (80-100%) | DCAF | Geneva | Deadline: 10 June 2016

Programme Coordinators/Managers International Development | DCAF | Geneva, Tunis, Beirut, Ramallah, Tripoli | Deadline: Until positions are filled.