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The DDR-SSR Nexus

DCAF was jointly mandated by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to analyse the policy and programming implications of the relationship between the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR).

The main objective of the project was to draft a module for the UN's Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS) and a new chapter for the IDDRS' Operational Guide. The work is based on a combination of desk and field research focusing on UN engagement in DDR and SSR in both peacekeeping and non-peacekeeping contexts. Lessons were drawn from experiences in Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The module aims to facilitate the development of synergies in the design, implementation and sequencing of DDR and SSR programmes.

This work is available on the IDDRS website. The four country case studies, as well as findings from the project, have been released in a DCAF edited volume in 2012.

Alan Bryden and Vincenza Scherrer (eds.), Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration and Security Sector Reform: Insights from UN experience in Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Münster: Lit Verlag, 2012.