ACCORD hosts DDR curriculum development workshop

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The ACCORD Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme will host a Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Curriculum Development workshop in Pretoria, South Africa from 6-7 March, which will involve a group of approximately 10International and African DDR experts.

The TfP Programme focuses on Civil-Military Coordination, Conflict Management, specifically negotiation skills for Peacekeepers, and the civilian dimension of Peace Support Operations. Within the latter category, the Programme has already developed a Civilian Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Course (CPPC) that is conducted in various formats, such as a generic mission preparedness course, and specific pre-deployment and in-mission courses. The Programme seeks to prepare various specialised manuals that can be used in these various CPPC course formats, and one of these manuals is a Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) manual.

The DDR Manual will be developed in three phases. The first phase is the Curriculum Development Workshop as detailed above, where key experts will recommend an appropriate curriculum for a TfP CPPC Specialised DDRCourse. The second phase will involve the writing of the manual and testing it at a pilot CPPC DDR course. The final draft of the CPPC DDR Manual will be produced in the third phase, and it will be developed into a self-study handbook for those DDR officers that cannot attend a course.

The Civilian Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Course (CPPC)Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) Manual is intended to support the CPPC DDR Course and in-mission CPPC DDR courses that the programme plans to conduct during the course of the year. It is aimed at civilian and military officers that work in specialised DDR units in United Nations (UN) or African peace operations, or who act as liaison officers between military units and such specialised civilian DDR units.

The TfP in Africa Programme,(www.trainingforpeace.org) funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, comprises of four partner organisations, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) (www.issafrica.org) , the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) (www.kaiptc.org) , the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) (www.nupi.no) and ACCORD.