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Blog | Rethinking a Human Rights-Based Approach in Security Sector Reform

A Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA) Working Group from ISSAT’s Methodology Cell is examining the common linkages between the impact and sustainability of SSR projects and the application of a HRBA as defined by the EU and UN. The blog explores the need for a common understanding of a HRBA to SSR and greater accountability from donor commitments to human rights policy in this area. 


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Global Prison Trends 2016

Penal Reform International's Global Prison Trends series has released their second annual edition in which they address the recent developments about international criminal justice policy and how this has affected national policy. This edition also contains issues about the food delivered within prisons and a special focus pull-out section on the conditions of prison staff. 

Applying the HIPPO Recommendations to Mali: Toward Strategic, Prioritized, and Sequenced Mandates

In light of the fact that MINUSMA's mandate will probably be extended this month, the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Stimson Center, and Security Council Report co-organised a workshop on April 21, 2016, to give member states and UN actors the opportunity to develop a shared understanding of the situation faced by the UN in Mali. This report by IPI gives insight into the discussions that took place in the workshop. 

Supporting Civil Society to Combat Violent Extremism in Pakistan

As Pakistan faces internal threats from militancy and extremism, the last few years have seen an influx of funding directed toward CSOs for the purpose of countering violent extremism (CVE). The United States Institute of Peace claims the international community can make a valuable contribution by helping CSOs design programs that are in sync with existing research on CVE, aligning available funding with local capacity, and developing new tools to measure the effectiveness of CVE programs to improve future interventions.


The SSR Adviser's Handbook

With the amount of SSR mandates increasing in the past ten years, the Folke Bernadotte Academy responded with a handbook that reflects on the role of the SSR Adviser. This practical tool offers insight into the challenges connected to the role, and the tools, methodologies and best practices that can be applied when advising in complex political environments and reform contexts.


Interpreting international norms for a more impactful HRBA in SSR

ISSAT’s SSR Officer Mirko Fernandez reflects on the rule of law and respect for human rights pillars of SSR, and asks whether coordination  and accountability of SSR programmes could be improved with a common agreement on a Human Rights-Based Approach for SSR support.



Frontline Diplomats and Development Workers: Balancing Mission and Risk in High Threat Environments | Wednesday 22 June 2016 | 09:00 - 12:00 | Washington

Join the United States Institute of Peace for a discussion about the strategies that the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are implementing in order to mediate the risks that diplomats and humanitarian and development professionals face when working in conflict zones. A panel of experts will discuss what work still needs to be done to support not just government officials, but also journalists and non-governmental organisations in balancing risk and caring for staff in these high-threat environments.

The resolution of the Syrian conflict and the European Union | Wednesday 22 June 2016 | 09:00 - 13:30 | Brussels

This Egmont seminar aims to analyse in two panels the effects of the Syrian conflict on the Mediterranean area and the Middle East (first roundtable), then the current and potential EU role in the resolution of the crisis as well as the lessons learned for the future (second roundtable).

South Africa’s Opposition: Fostering Debate, Accountability and Good Governance | Wednesday 22 June 2016 | 16:00 - 17:00 | London

Chatham House is hosting Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the largest opposition party in South Africa, where he will address the party's approach to improve the economy and further strengthen democracy in the country. He will present his ideas in this special session two months before local elections are held in August. 


Head of Country Office - Middle East and North Africa | DCAF | Geneva | Deadline: 19 June 2016

Senior Judicial Affairs Officer (1) | UN | Bangui | Deadline: 20 June 2016

Senior Judicial Affairs Officer (2) | UN | Bangui | Deadline: 20 June 2016

Local Expert on Anti-corruption Policies | OSCE | Yerevan | Deadline: 21 June 2016

Senior Governance Adviser/Team Leader | DFID | London | Deadline: 26 June 2016