The GCPP SSR strategy seeks to support the Global and Africa Pools by providing a central base for resources, policy advice and information on SSR that would otherwise be duplicated across the different geographical strategies. To achieve this, the SSR strategy focuses on the following four key outputs.
Analysis and Research for Policy Development:
This output is supported through the Global Facilitation Network (GFN) team based in the University of Birmingham, which with its wide knowledge base, provides a resource that government agencies and partner institutions can use for research purposes. It has also developed a global information repository and has facilitated the development of effective regional SSR networks in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The SSR strategy supports the delivery of a range of courses by institutions such as the University of Birmingham, the Defence Academies and Colleges and the GFN. It is recognised that such courses are a useful tool for building understanding and consensus on the nature and importance of SSR in conflict prevention, conflict reduction, peace building and poverty reduction. The export of relevant courses, such as the GFN’s SSR Practitioners' Course, will also support the needs of Geographic Strategies and where possible encourage the use of relevant local networks and expertise.
Effective Institutional Reform:
The SSR Strategy funds the Security Sector Development Advisory Team (SSDAT). The SSDAT is a dedicated pool of 15 permanent staff across HMG whose role it is to advise, deliver and evaluate SSR assistance programmes. They have a broad range of expertise including Police and Justice, Defence and Intelligence and Security. They are in the process of relocating to London to co-locate with the Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit (PCRU), which will gather the complementarity’s between SSR in post conflict and more benign environments.Mainstreaming and International Influencing:
The SSR strategy provides support and advice on other Whitehall initiatives such as the Strategic Task Force on International Policing and the development of rule of law guidelines by FCO Conflict Issues Group.
The SSR Strategy is engaged in supporting progress towards the development of an international consensus on the nature, scope, principles and means of delivery of SSR. Priority partners include key multilaterals such as the UN and EU as well as bilateral players such as the US, Dutch and other Utstein partners. We have been active in the UN decision to commision a report on developing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to SSR within the UN. One major pillar of this work is the development of an implementation framework for SSR by the OECD Development Assistance Committee SSR Task Team, which is led by the UK:
|Implementation Framework for Security Sector Reform|
The following weblink is for the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform which is a focal point of state and non-state actors involved in Conflict Prevention and Security Sector Reform:
|Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform|
The GFN also provides a helpdesk facility to answer SSR queries within an agreed timeframe, maintains an extensive library of documentation, and can act as a broker, or facilitator for discussion between different HMG Departments and/or northern and southern SSR Stakeholders.For more enquiries please e-mail SSR.firstname.lastname@example.org