DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION (DDR) TRAINING COURSE
Dates and venue : 7-18 November 2022 in Barcelona, Spain
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. Considering this revision, the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) revised its global course on DDR, which was relaunched in November 2019 in Stockholm. A third round of the course will be completed between the 7th and 18th of November 2022 in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with the Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC).
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
• Analyze 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
• Plan and assess context specific, differentiated and evidence based integrated DDR processes.
Methodology: The course adopts an interactive, learner-centered pedagogical approach combining presentations, discussions, group work and scenario-based exercises. Individual and group-based reflections are incorporated to support knowledge sharing and promote the learning experience. With facilitators and participants of multiple professional and geographic backgrounds, this course offers a dynamic and synergetic learning environment with extensive networking and peer-learning opportunities.
For whom is this course: The participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Peace Support Operations 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 Organisations. To fully contribute to the development of the course, participants are expected to actively engage with trainers, the course material, and with other participants.
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.