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Blog | Sustainability and the 2nd political dimension

In the second issue of a two-part blog, Alwin van den Boogaard explores the political aspects of SSR in donor nations and their influence on the sustainability of reform. From lack of knowledge in the population to short-term commitments, a range of issues affect SSR, a process that is political at heart.


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Policy and Research Papers

Stabilization in Eastern and Central Africa: Insights from Somalia, South Sudan and the DRC

In this meeting report, the Rift Valley Institute presents highlights from a conference on stabilisation that took place in 2014 in Kenya. The conference sought to question, review, evaluate and exchange lessons on stabilisation programmes in the DRC, Somalia and South Sudan, and the report gives a central space to voices from countries that are subject to stabilisation programmes.

Responsive and Responsible: Making Politics Part of UNDP’s Rule of Law Agenda

Why has politics only been marginally represented in rule of law reform? This FBA brief draws on a review of the literature and interviews with rule of law practitioners to argue why politics matters in rule of law, before considering how politically smart approaches can be included in practice by agencies such as the UNDP.

Policing Libya: Form And Function Of Policing Since The 2011 Revolution

Studying the cities of Tobruk and Sabha, this USIP report examines how competing and overlapping groups have assumed policing functions after the 2011 revolution. What are these groups' social and political inclinations? What are the tendencies and features that are relevant to future reform in Libya?


Voice of a Practitioner in Pakistan – Mossarat Qadeem

In this CSIS Podcast on Violent Extremism, Mossarat Qadeem of the PAIMAN Alumni Trust and partner of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) shares her insights on the role of women in local and global peace and security. How can women contribute to countering violent extremism at the grassroots level?

ISSAT Training Courses

Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform | The Hague

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 applications close on Monday 12 September.



From Corruption Scandals to Reform: The Work of Chile's Anti-Corruption Commission | Wednesday 7 September | 09:00 - 11:00 | Washington

This Woodrow Wilson Center event will address the reform efforts that followed a number of corruption scandals in Chile. Was the "integrity agenda" embraced by the executive and legislative branches effective in preventing corruption in the public and private spheres? 

Afghanistan on the brink | Wednesday 14 September | 11:30 - 13:00 | London

Fifteen years on from the post-9/11 US and NATO interventions, how do networks of access function across Afghanistan? What lessons have been learned about state building, development and governance? In order to address these questions and others in this event, the Overseas Development Institute draws upon field research and brings together panellists from Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Peacebuilding from below: the role of local civil society in South Sudan Wednesday 28 September | 18:30 - 20:00 | Geneva

This event by the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative, jointly with the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches and Finn Church Aid, aims to shed light on the role of South Sudanese civil society in peacebuilding. 


Technical consultancy on SSR for the DRC project “Lobi Mokolo ya Sika” – “Tomorrow is another day” | Search for Common Ground | DRC | Deadline: 9 September 2016

Security policy technical consultant | Oxfam | Kachin State | Deadline: 9 September 2016

Project Officer, Governance and Peacebuilding | Saferworld | Nairobi | Deadline: 11 September 2016

Security Sector Reform Officer | MONUSCO | Kinshasa | Deadline: 23 September 2016

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