Following violent conflict or serious political and social crisis, a successful post-conflict transition is key in the peacebuilding and reconciliation process. Within this post-conflict transition, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants (DDR) is instrumental, seeking to increase security levels locally and nationally, but also enabling those associated with armed groups to (re)join mainstream society following the end of conflict.

Contemporary challenges and developments within the field have challenged the traditional use of DDR as a post-conflict tool. Responding to these challenges, the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR has initiated a revision of the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS) for the standards to better suit contemporary challenges of peacebuilding environments. In light of this revision, the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) revised its global course on DDR, which was re-launched in November 2019 in Stockholm.

Objectives: The course aims at deepening participants’ understanding and knowledge of the role of integrated DDR processes and related interventions during post-conflict transitions and peacebuilding and stabilization initiatives during ongoing conflict. After completing the course, the participants are expected to be able to:

  • Discuss the conceptual evolution of DDR
  • Analyse the differences between national DDR initiatives and UN-led integrated DDR processes
  • Explain key components and activities of an integrated DDR process
  • Connect and distinguish integrated DDR processes to other peacebuilding, or stabilization, interventions
  • Apply and combine different elements of integrated DDR processes to differing conflict- and post-conflict settings
  • Plan and asses a context specific, differentiated and evidence based integrated DDR process

For whom is this course: The participants are expected to have an intermediate knowledge of peacebuilding mechanisms and/or structures, dynamics of internal armed conflicts, and a need or strong interest to learn about DDR. Invited participants are civil servants, diplomats, police, military personnel, academics and representatives from international and non-governmental organizations. FBA strives to have a gender balanced participation as well as participants with a mix of institutional and geographic backgrounds and experiences. Participants will be selected by means of professional background and personal motivation in order to create a dynamic and interactive group. Additionally, in order to fully assimilate the contents of the course, participants are expected to actively engage with trainers, the course material, and with other participants, devoting their full attention to the course for these ten days. As the course is taught fully in English, fluency is a requirement.

Organized by: The Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) jointly with the Folke Bernadotte Academy – Swedish agency for peace, security and development.

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Folke Bernadotte Academy

Integrated DDR Training Group– IDDRTG

*Please note: Given the current and ongoing worldwide pandemic and the unpredictability of future developments concerning regulations, restrictions and protective measures on global and national levels, the course may at any given time before or during its implementation, be postponed, modified or moved elsewhere. In this case, enrolled participants are guaranteed seats in the consecutive course, and will be duly informed of future developments. Enrolled participants will also have the choice to ask for a full refund of the course fee, may that be needed.