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Blog | Train, build and equip, a sustainable approach?

What are the some of the issues that can easily be overlooked or underestimated when taking a train, build and equip approach? Alwin Van den Boogaard, argues that there is no quick win to enhancing capacities in a sustainable way.  He sets out a number of reasons why capacity enhancement should include reinforcing oversight, accountability and responsibility, as well as ensuring that the security needs of the state and its citizens are addressed in a balanced and respectful way.


SSR in Practice | DCAF-ISSAT Activities

Snapshots of current mandates

Backstopping Missions to Honduras in Support of SDC

Mandator: Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) -  to provide support to SDC Honduras for the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Central America 2013-2017, by backstopping in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity. The objective is to support SDC and their partners (Alliance for Peace and Justice, Ministry of Security, and the Inter-American Develpment Bank) in their strategic JSSR planning in order to increase organisational integrity and capacity, and to support SDC and partners in strengthening a conflict sensitive approach to development.

Mapping of SSR activities in Nigeria 

Mandator: Germany - to develop comprehensive mappings of donor support to SSR in Nigeria. The mapping will look at both the security forces and the criminal justice chain, including accountability over these. The subsequent report will be shared across the international community active in the countries. Local embassies who wish to share in this mapping who have not already been contacted should contact DCAF-ISSAT.

A similar mapping will take place in Mali in November.

Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

Event Report: The 'Technocracy Trap' of State-Building – How to Improve the Effectiveness and Legitimacy of Security and Justice Sector Reforms

On 14 September 2016, 60 experts from civil society, academia, international organisations and German ministries gathered at the German Federal Foreign Office to discuss Germany’s engagement in supporting justice and security sector reforms (JSSR). This reports gathers their recommendations regarding new guidelines on crisis engagement and peacebuilding.

Building Regional Border Security Cooperation: Lessons from the Maghreb

Lessons identified by the United States Institute of Peace from a series of workshops held in the spring of 2016 with border officials from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The workshops applied an operations-driven approach to the development of a joint strategic vision for regional border security cooperation that is grounded in human security and rule of law principles.

Developing an Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Framework for U.S. Department of Defense Security Cooperation

This report seeks to address the challenge of creating a Department of Defense wide system for security cooperation assessment, monitoring, and evaluation (AME). The authors first analyse existing AME processes and then present a conceptual framework on how best to apply AME methods.

Overview of the EU’s Policy and Programming on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (PVE/CVE)

EPLO's briefing paper on the EU’s policy and programming priorities regarding PVE/CVE present the EU’s approach to addressing both the internal and external dimensions of VE and radicalisation, and the core issues framing the EU debate on the need for a more coherent approach to the different dimensions of action underlying the internal-external security nexus.


Gender and Diversity Hub

The Gender and Diversity Hub, a collaborative effort of six Geneva-based organisations, is a leading source of expertise on gender and diversity issues relating to peace and security, fostering inclusive security policy and practice.



Evolving Conflict Dynamics in the Central African Republic | Friday 14 October | 10:00 - 12:00 | Washington

The U.S. Institute of Peace will hold a discussion with experts from the field on the crucial next steps needed to achieve disarmament, end the violence and begin reconstruction and reconciliation in the Central African Republic. 

African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa | Saturday 15 October | Lomé

Togo is preparing to welcome nearly 3,000 delegates to the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, with the objective of signing the draft Charter on maritime security. A list of resource on maritime security can be found here. 

Course on Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette | Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October | Pristina, Kosovo

The Academy for Protocol and Diplomacy is organising a course with experts of the region, to study the history, role, structure,competencies and activities of protocol, as well as the military, political, security, and economic issues facing defense diplomacy in new countries.


Adviser - Implementation of Project Management and Change Management | UNIOGBIS | Bissau | Deadline: 16 October 2016

Consultant – Support to Libyan Economic Recovery | CTG Global Tripoli, Lybia | Deadline: Until position is filled

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