OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER

NEWSLETTER #6

Download here

Dear readers,

It is my pleasure to share with you this sixth edition of the AU Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) newsletter.

In this issue you will find mention of other peace and security initiatives that are intrinsically intertwined with the implementation of DDR activities. We see the role that DDR plays in galvanizing efforts in PSO’s like the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram (MNJTF), the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA), and in the control of small arms and light weapons circulation as countries transition from conflict to post conflict settings.

This issue highlights how other areas of focus impact on the successful implementation of DDR. Indeed in recent years we see how a wide range of activities fall under the heading of DDR, as the global face of conflict changes. In this evolving stabilization context, we see a lack of classic pre-conditions for DDR, including the absence of signed peace agreements. Previously clear, traditional military structures have also now expanded to include members of informal armed groups, gangs and militias, and a proliferation of small arms which may require disarmament programs covering entire community.

DDR now incorporates programmes involving weapons reduction, community violence reduction, and multi-dimensional reintegration that focuses not only on the economic aspects of reintegration, but which also places strong emphasis on social reintegration and the necessary supporting structures, including psychosocial support.

By looking at other activities being undertaken within the Peace and Security Department that are linked to DDR, we see linkages that support our broader efforts, giving you, our readers, insight into this ever expanding area of engagement. As we try to keep abreast with emerging trends, we continue to employ every effort to ensure that Member States and the RECs/RMs receive as much support from the AU and partners, as we can offer.

 I sincerely hope that you, our readers, will enjoy this sixth edition and that you find the information captured both insightful and informative.

 Best Wishes,

 H.E. Amb. Smail Chergui

Commissioner, Peace and Security,

African Union Commission 

NEWSLETTER #5

Download here

It is my pleasure to share with you this fifth edition of the AU Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) newsletter. As we usher in the New Year, the African Union DDR Capacity Program (AU DDRCP) completes the implementation of its initial phase (2013- 2015), which aimed at creating sustainable DDR capacities within the AU, the RECs/ RMs and Member States, in order to support national and regional DDR initiatives. The AU DDRCP was based on three pillars: Developing infrastructure within the AU; Enhancing and creating a repository of knowledge on DDR reflecting African experiences that are relevant to the changing context; and finally, Providing political, logistical and technical support to Member States and PSOs.This issue highlights some of the successes of the program, whilst also setting the foundation for the next phase of the DDR program, which will consolidate, efforts that were laid in phase one.

As we look forward, key priority areas of engagement have been identified for AU and partner support including on: 1) Providing operational support to national and regional DDR interventions through the capacity created in phase one; 2) Solidifying the collaboration between the AU-UN-WB to complement the implementation of the DDR program which is now under the APSA support package; and 3) Identifying strategic priority areas for the new phase of the DDR program; such as enhancing DDR linkages with the Solemn declaration on Silencing the Guns by 2020, strengthening DDR programming to incorporate cross cutting issues and identifying ways in which the AU can take the lead in shaping continental DDR language, to reflect the changing conflict context.

Let me also take this opportunity to convey my sincere appreciation to our partners the World Bank Transitional Demobilization & Reintegration Program (TDRP); the European Union (EU); the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Governments of Spain and Denmark and last but not least, the United Nations (Department of Peace Keeping Operations - DPKO, United Nations Office to the African Union - UNOAU, United Nations Children’s Fund - UNICEF, United Nations Children and Armed Conflict -UN CAAC and the United Nations Development Program – UNDP). Without such commitment and support, this program would not have been realized and I look forward to further collaboration. I sincerely hope that you our reader will find this fifth edition useful and that you will continue to engage with us and play an active role in phase two.

Best Wishes,

H.E. Amb. Smail Chergui

Commissioner, Peace and Security,

African Union Commission

NEWSLETTER #4

LAUNCHING THE DDR WEBSITE

Dear readers,

I am happy to inform you that the African Union DDR website, will go live in December 2015 and is in the final stages of being approved in preparation for its launch.This website is aimed at serving as the access point for public information on the DDR activities of the AU, RECs/ RMs and Member States and the main public resource facility for disseminating information about the AU DDR activities to all its users.

The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with featured content focused on news highlights, brief country profiles, the main components of the AU DDR Capacity program, as well as guidance documents and information accessing various DDR related e-resources/ publications. The new site is divided into five main sections: HOME, OUR WORK, EVENTS, ONLINERESOURCES and PARTNERS which provide a comprehensive overview of the AU DDR Capacity project highlighting latest and upcoming events; DDR publications; useful links and publishes the e-newsletters. One key feature of the website is the database of online DDR electronic resources which will soon be integrated and includes the collation and synthesis of documents on DDR, an exploration of key issues and lessons learned by political and security context, against a number of thematic areas.

On another note, I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincere appreciation to our partners the World Bank Transitional Demobilization & Reintegration Program (TDRP); Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience Global Practice; the European Union (EU); the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and United Nations Office for the African Union (UNOAU); United Nations Children’s Fund; and Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (UNICEF- ESARO); special recognition also goes to the AU Liaison Offices and RECs/RMs, for their continuous and sustained support to the implementation of the AU DDRCP.

I sincerely hope that you our reader will enjoy this fourth edition and that you find the information captured both insightful and informative.

Best Wishes,
H.E. Amb. Smail Chergui
Commissioner, Peace and Security,
African Union Commission.

Want to read more? » Click here to download !!!

NEWSLETTER #3

THE FUTURE OF DDR INTERVENTIONS IN AFRICA

Dear readers,

It is my pleasure to share with you this third edition of the AU Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) newsletter.

As we usher in the New Year, The African Union DDR Capacity Program commences its third year of implementation. This issue begins to draw your attention towards the future of the AU interventions on DDR in Africa and also highlights recent events undertaken by the AUC and its partners.

Against the backdrop of a series of the consultations two salient issues have been raised :

  1. Enhancing a better understanding of how to approach or engage with non-state armed groups in advancing stabilization, DDR, border security and development interventions on the African continent
  2. Improving coordination to establish synergies with partners (UN, WB and others) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict prevention (RMs)

Such an understanding will not only help to consolidate the nascent peace, democratic and economic transformation on the Africa continent, but it will help to generate knowledge products and support legal and coherent policy development and engagement strategies.

Want to read more? » Click here to download !!!