Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Course (DDR Foundation) By: Lema Ijtemaye | Events | Jan 8, 2014

Event: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Course (DDR Foundation)

Issue Area: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, DDR

Date: February 10-21, 2014

Location: Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana

The transition process for states emerging from armed conflict requires efficient tools and strategies which often have to be reinvented to accommodate the political, social and economic needs of the respective states. Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programs are one such strategy that is essential in the transition from climates of war to peace in post-conflict areas. Since the initiation of DDR programs over the course of the last two decades, the international community, which includes actors such as the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank and various INGOs and NGOs, has significantly increased its involvement in such programs.

The aim of this course, facilitated by KAIPTC, is to enhance efficiency of the international actors and participants involved in DDR programs through strengthening the individual skills of the participants. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive and operational understanding of the strategic principles and practices that are involved in the planning and implementation of DDR programs

The teaching approach of the course is inventive because it presents updated practices and procedures that enhance the efficiency of DDR programs. The specific modules of the course include the introduction of the term DDR to the participants as well as the identification of legal and policy frameworks that are embedded in DDR programs. The course also indentifies the different components of DDR programs, as well as the various actors and institutions that participate. Participants of the course will acquire the practical skills that are necessary when working to implement DDR principles in post-conflict areas. Most importantly, the course will highlight how DDR programs can be adapted to new environments and situations.

The pedagogical approach of the course includes a variety of presentation methods which include simulations, panel discussions, group work and role play. The diverse set of presentation styles will ensure that the information facilitated will be transferred efficiently and expertly to the participants of the course.

The cost for participating in the course is 500 USD and the cost of travel arrangements and accommodation is also the responsibility of the participants. Additional information concerning the application process, course content and facilitators can be found at: http://www.kaiptc.org/Training/Courses/Courses-List/Disarmament,-Demobilisation-and-Reintegration-Cour.aspx?ID=2111

Lema Ijtemay is a Research and Communications Intern with the Centre for Security Governance

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