Preparing a New Generation of Civil-Military-Police Coordination in Peace Support Operations - 9 - 11 December 2015, The Hague

On 9-11 December 2015, GPPAC, AfP and the Kroc Institute convened an international civilian-military-police conference in The Hague to launch and share the contents of our Training curriculum in a multi-stakeholder setting. The event included policy recommendations reflecting the lessons learned from this project, as well as workshops to share the case studies and training materials developed to support practical strategies for improving coordination on human security. The conference was kindly hosted by the CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE).  The conference documents and report can be found on the Global Conference webpage.
 
This event marked the end of the development phase of this project, which was funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. In the year to come, a number of organisations involved in this project have plans to use the curriculum in their respective countries, regions and institutions, and we will be looking to document and follow up on these initiatives. Going forward, we are keen to ensure that the rich network we have convened around this initiative can continue to be engaged as guardians of the handbook and as a community of interest around the topics dealt with in the curriculum. Our efforts to secure resources to enable us to coordinate such a process are ongoing, and we would welcome partnerships with interested members of our community.

Guest Lecture on the Role of Civil Society in SSR - 3 November 2015, Barcelona

Jenny Aulin from consortium member GPPAC gave a guest lecture at a Security Sector Reform (SSR) course by the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Barcelona. The session focused on the role of civil society in SSR and sought to: (1) explain the importance of civilian and democratic oversight of SSR and (2) analyse and discuss the different dimensions of local and national ownership of SSR.

Discussions were illustrated by examples from case studies that have been collected through the curriculum development project ‘Civil Society and Security Sector Engagement for Human Security'.

Understand to Prevent - 24 - 25 June 2015, Shrivenham UK

The ‘Understand to Prevent' (U2P) is an initiative of MCDC (Multinational Capability Development Campaign), a learning platform for different military forces. The U2P has been considering the role of the military in conflict prevention, and the operationalisation of a comprehensive approach in the field. They look at the phases where CSOs and the military can engage, and are looking to test some of their findings in a scenario exercise in 2016. GPPAC attended their workshop at the Shrivenham Military Academy as part of the outreach and streamlining of our consortium project with relevant civil-military initiatives. See the U2P main reportsummary and presentation.

Training of Trainers - 8 - 12 June 2015, Harrisonburg, Virginia

The consortium partners convened a Training of Trainers (ToT) at the Eastern Mennonite University's Summer Peacebuilding Institute to test and refine the draft Handbook and Training Curriculum on Human Security and Peace Support Operations.The training gathered 29 participants from 25 different countries, including participants from the Global Reference Group, select experienced practitioners who will help to provide the training, and GPPAC members who provided rigorous feedback and committed to carry out a follow up activity in their home community or region.

Towards a Comprehensive Approach? Civil Society and Security Sector Perspectives on Dutch Missions - 24 February 2015

To move from ambition to practice, Cordaid, GPPAC and PAX convened civil society, government and security sector practitioners on 24 February to discuss different approaches to peacebuilding in three fragile contexts where Dutch missions are involved. The objective was to enable a better understanding of what types of collaboration are possible and useful, and to generate follow up actions. The meeting contrasted the different perspectives between civilian, police and military actors, and identified areas of common understanding and opportunities. It further reviewed the contextual and institutional dynamics framing civil-military relations and the discussed the required roles and relationships.

Training of Trainers, 8-12 June 2015