DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILISATION AND REINTEGRATION OF EX-COMBATANTS (DDR) TRAINING COURSE
Dates and venue : May 14 to 25, 2018 in Barcelona
In countries emerging from violent conflict and/or serious political and social crises, a successful transition between conflict and peace is often dependent on the creation of a climate of confidence and security, which paves the way for a range of peacebuilding and recovery activities. The process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) is both an output of conflict resolution and a facilitator of peacebuilding.
DDR involves the standing down of parties to a conflict and the reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life. It seeks to address the post-conflict security challenge that arises from ex-combatants being left without livelihoods or support networks, other than their former comrades, during that critical transition period.
DDR is also often closely linked to security sector reform (SSR), such as police reform and army integration. Furthermore, DDR supports the economic and social reintegration of ex-combatants and their dependents, as well as children associated with fighting forces, so they can become stakeholders in peace.
While much of a DDR programme will be focused on ex-combatants, the beneficiaries of the programme should ultimately be the wider community.
This course is to a large extent based on the UN Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS) for guiding principles, preconditions, core strategies and approaches for undertaking integrated disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatant (DDR) processes.
Objectives: The aim of the course is to give participants a comprehensive view of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants. Using case studies and practical exercises, the course will explore the mechanisms of demobilization and weapons destruction, as well as the information campaigns required to achieve the desired goals. Participants will learn to identify key partners and strategic alliances for designing programs. Control and evaluation processes for DDR programs will also be discussed, together with strategies for the social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants that have proved most successful. Cross-cutting issues such as gender and child soldiers will also be considered. The course will combine experiences from different DDR programmes with theoretical views on the subject.
Organized by: The Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) jointly with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) from Sweden.