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DCAF | Teaching Gender in the Military

How can the ability to integrate gender in professional military education be strengthened? How can the capacity of gender experts to deliver educational content be improved? These questions and many others are addressed in the new handbook “Teaching Gender in the Military” by the Security Sector Reform Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC), co-chaired by DCAF.


SSR in Practice | DCAF-ISSAT Activities


Advanced Level 2 Training on SSR in Tunis

DCAF-ISSAT recently facilitated a five-day intensive course in Tunis, Tunisia, which was the first training conducted on SSR in the North Africa Middle East region by France and the Netherlands. The course included several key modules such as governance, defence reform, police reform and soft skills. Special focus was given to understanding specificities of the region in relation to SSR key national and international actors engaged in SSR.

Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

Meeting the challenges of SSR implementation in Africa

Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union Commission and Mr. Miroslav Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic address the fundamental shortcomings in four core areas of SSR: good governance, political commitment, capacity, and sustainability. They also emphasise the need to approach security through a wider lens that sheds light on challenges that are transnational in nature and require support and engagement especially on the political level.

The Challenges and Lessons Learned in Supporting Security Sector Reform

Produced as a collaboration between the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and GPPi, this policy paper pursues three objectives: to provide an overview of the concept of SSR support; to identify the challenges confronting practitioners when implementing SSR measures; and reasons for civil society to engage in SSR.

Investing in Peace and the Prevention of Violence in West Africa and the Sahel-Sahara

As a result of a regional seminar co-organised by UNOWAS, the IPI and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Dakar in June 2016, this paper outlines recommendations agreed upon by the participants. 

A decade of African Governance: 2006 - 2015 Index Report

The 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance is the tenth annual Index launched by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. It is one of the most comprehensive collection of data on Africa governance and provides a broad, documented and impartial picture of governance performance in African countries.


Video: Refugees & Migrants: Interview with Jean Marie Guehenno

Jean Marie Guehenno, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, speaks with the International Peace Institute Senior Adviser Warren Hoge. He calls on developed countries to do more to respond to the humanitarian crises.


Podcast: Implications of Applying IHL to Low-Intensity Conflict: From Internal Disturbance to Armed Conflict

This podcast from the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) looks into the implications of classifying a situation of armed conflict under IHL, the advantages and disadvantages of appyling IHL and other relevant tools that can be used to enhance humanitarian protection.



Indonesia’s New Foreign Policy: Building a Global Maritime Hub | Tuesday 11 October | 08:00 - 09:15 | London

Organised by Chatham House, Riza Sukma, the Indonesian ambassador to the UK and foreign affairs adviser to the president, will discuss the role of this maritime strategy within Indonesia’s foreign policy.

Sudan’s Regional Role: Opportunities for Engaging Towards Stability | Wednesday 12 October | 12:00 - 13:00 | London

The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan, Abdel-Ghani Al-Naim, will discuss Sudan’s regional engagements, its relations with the international community and reflect on the current domestic political landscape, at Chatham House

Strengthening Global Governance for the 21st Century | Wednesday 12 October | 13:00-14:00 | London

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will explore the challenges of an increasingly turbulent world, and the role of the United Nations and international organisations in sustaining a rules-based international order and strengthening effective global governance. 


Internship Opportunity - Advocacy and Outreach | DCAF-ISSAT | Geneva | Deadline: Until position is filled.

Regional Armed Violence Reduction Coordinator | Danish Demining Group | Nairobi, Kenya | Deadline: 10 October 2016

Delegate in charge of relations with police and security forces | ICRC | various locations | Deadline: Until position is filled

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