AU DDR PUBLICATIONS

OPERATIONAL GUIDE ON DDR & NATIONAL FRAMEWORKS

This guideline aims to provide African stakeholders, particularly AU member states, but also the AU, RECs, RMs, and PSOs with operational guidelines to assist in designing and building institutional frameworks for a national DDR programs. The guideline will attempt to provide an outline on how, from a national perspective, African governments could best engage national institutions, mobilize funding, create partnerships, manage the downsize military structures and support the transition of XCs as they transition to civilian life. While drawing from the experiences in Africa and catering to the particular needs of stakeholders on the continent, the Guideline is also compliant with international legal standards and norms, and is complementary to other existing DDR frameworks such as the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS). However, these Operational Guidelines are drawn from the point of view of national authorities to address the issues and options from a national perspective in order to promote national ownership.

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OPERATIONAL GUIDE ON DDR & CHILDREN

This guideline aims to provide African stakeholders, particularly AU member states, but also the AU, RECs, RMs, and PSOs with operational guidelines to assist in designing and building institutional frameworks for a national DDR programs. The guideline will attempt to provide an outline on how, from a national perspective, African governments could best design and implement a DDR program that respond to the needs of children. While drawing from the experiences in Africa and catering to the particular needs of stakeholders on the continent, the Guideline is also compliant with international legal standards and norms, including the Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (2007), and is complementary to other existing DDR frameworks such as the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS). At the same time these Operational Guidelines specifically aim to guide national authorities and AU PSOs in the handling CAAFAG both within and outside the framework of traditional armed conflict.

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OPERATIONAL GUIDE ON DDR & WOMEN

This guideline aims to provide African stakeholders including the African Union (AU), AU personnel, AU member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RMs), and Peace Support Operations (PSOs) with operational guidelines to assist in the planning for, and implementation of, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs that respond to the needs of women. This is in recognition of the fact that many DDR programs do not respond to the distinct needs of women, do not consult them, and end up excluding them. The guideline is compliant with international legal standards and norms, and is complementary to other existing DDR frameworks such as the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS) (2006). At the same time, it reflects the particular needs of, and priorities within, Africa. It guides member states handling women both within and outside the framework of traditional armed conflict. Although it is not a comprehensive guideline, it includes the most essential elements that need to be considered by national authorities. While the focus of the guideline is on women, much of its content is also relevant to girls engaging in DDR processes and should be read in conjunction with the AU Operational Guideline on DDR for Children.

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OPERATIONAL GUIDE ON DDR & DETENTION

This guideline aims to provide standardized operational guidance to Mission personnel, from the Head of Mission to individual military and police commanders, on how to deal with detainees in compliance with international law and standards. Besides the obligation on the AU and AU missions to respect applicable international law relating to detention, doing so carries various – rather more practical - operational benefits. First, it protects missions from legal claims. Second, it is essential for the reputation of both the mission and the AU itself. Third, crucially, it may encourage enemy combatants to surrender. Because the legal principles and the operational considerations are the same whether a person is detained (i) after surrendering, (ii) after being arrested or captured, or (iii) after being transferred by another detaining authority, these guidelines apply to all three categories of detainee.

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OPERATIONAL GUIDE ON DDR & REINTEGRATION

This guideline aims to provide African stakeholders including the personnel of the African Union (AU), AU member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RMs), and Peace Support Operations (PSOs) with operational guidelines to assist in the planning for, and implementation of the reintegration component of DDR programming. While drawing from the experiences in Africa and catering to the particular needs of stakeholders on the continent, the Guideline is also compliant with international legal standards and norms, and is complementary to other existing DDR frameworks such as the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS). This Guideline does not intend to be a comprehensive guide but rather a concise operational guideline for consideration by national authorities as they plan and implement reintegration programs to downsize their militaries or to reintegrate ex-combatants of armed groups back into society. Recognizing that the contexts in which reintegration programs take place are highly complex and diverse, the Guideline is not prescriptive but provides ideas drawn from best practices and illustrated by case studies.

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