Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
TDRP UPDATE
January 2013
 
    Regional Activities

Empowerment of Socio-Economic Associations & Cooperatives

Photo source Caritas: training activity in Dungu, DRC
Photo source Caritas:
Training activity in Dungu, DRC

Implementing partners continued their work on the pilot program on the empowerment of socio-economic associations/ cooperatives in Northern Uganda, DRC and CAR. In December 2012, the selection of beneficiary associations was completed. In Uganda, Triodos selected 96 women economic associations across Gulu, Kitgum and Pader; Caritas identified 50 associations in Dungu, DRC and Jupedec 36 out of 50 in CAR to receive training, in-kind kits and follow-up advisory services. Project staff was recruited, trainers were identified and the training of trainers was carried out during the first few weeks of December. Furthermore, implementing partners finalized the training modules and the implementing partners initiated the training of associations. In CAR and DRC, the implementing partners Jupedec and Caritas informed local authorities and humanitarian partners in the project area about the pilot, and local partners have expressed great interest in the project. They also conducted a workshop for project staff. Work on the baseline survey commenced in December for both CAR and DRC.

LOGiCA/FQEI Family Study

FQEI continues to assist LOGiCA with the execution of an in-depth study examining family dynamics during the process of ex-combatant reintegration in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.  The overall study proposes to investigate: (i) the impact of departure, absence and return of ex-combatants on their families, with a particular focus on spouses, and (ii) the role of the family in the social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants.  Following the launch of the pilot phase of the study in December, 2012, the research teams and lead anthropologists convened for a multi-workshop in Kampala in January, 2013.  The purpose of the workshop was to discuss initial findings, address challenges encountered and amend the methodology as needed.  Individual country teams have subsequently initiated fieldwork for the full study, receiving support from the respective DDR Commissions for the selection of targeted ex-combatants and their families. Field research is progressing well.  Targeted families have been identified in all three countries, although field teams have encountered difficulty tracing female ex-combatants and their relatives due to anonymity constraints.  Discussions about how to resolve this issue are ongoing.  Field work is anticipated to extend through April with final country reports available in May 2013.

Technical Assistance

CARBurundi

The one year non cost extension of the project until December 31, 2013 has been finalized. An international disability expert, following up on support delivered in November and December 2012, provided technical assistance to the medical  component to help strengthen the planning and delivery of medical support to the disabled, as well as help design and plan additional activities to facilitate the rehabilitation of disabled ex-combatants at the community level.

CARCentral African Republic

NGOs continue to monitor the situation on the ground and are planning to start operations end of January. The town of Kabo and Kaga-Bandoro is controlled by the rebellion and therefore activities have stopped there. In addition IRC has suspended their activities in CAR since December, 26 2012 and therefore the only activities that are still ongoing are in Paoua with ACTED and Premières Urgences.

However all IPs are monitoring the situation and expect to re-start the activities in the coming days. For example Solidarité Internationale is planning a mission to Kabo on January, 15th (in collaboration with MSF Espagne) to assess is the activities can re-start in Kabo as the situation seems pretty stable at this stage. It will however depend if the rebels agree to let them work.

Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire

During December, the TDRP team provided technical assistance to the ADDR. The team was in Côte d’Ivoire from November 26 to December 7 to (i) define the Technical Assistance needed, and (ii) assist ADDR in the development of the cadre programmatique. During the mission, the TDRP worked with the ADDR to prepare a framework which details what needs to be done by when and by whom. In addition, the ADDR/TDRP team started with the drafting of the DDR strategic program document.

The team additionally provided technical assistance on the Post-conflict Assistance Project (PAPC), incorporating a fragility sensitive approach to the additional financing proposal of the PAPC.

CARDemocratic Republic of Congo

Negotiations between the DRC’s government and the M23 rebel movement was interrupted to allow negotiators to go back home for two weeks and be with their families during end of the year holidays.

Meanwhile, UEPNDDR continue the AfDB program with the “Fermes Agricoles Pilotes” (FAP) in eastern provinces of DRC. Reports on impact have been released in early January. Bidding for equipment, materials, livestock have been published. The offers were stripped and analyzed. The choice of suppliers was made public and suppliers selected. Contracts have been signed.

A TDRP study on impact of vocational training on the reintegration of ex-combatant is under preparation and the consultant shall be in Kinshasa in mid-February.

Technical Assistance

CARRepublic of Congo

The High Commissioner made a trip outside the country for about two weeks and promised upon his return to set up a meeting with the TDRP to see how the partnership can be effective within the new vision of the Republic of Congo’s Government.

ROCRepublic of South Sudan

In December the TDRP provided technical assistance to the SSDDRC in preparation for the upcoming Phase II DDR pilot.  To this end, a TDRP team of consultants conducted a pilot reintegration project design mission from November 27-December 13, 2012. This team tested the pilot design through focus groups with soon to be ex-combatants and communities of intended return as well as through meetings with DDR stakeholders. A total of seven focus groups were conducted, spread between Rumbek in Lakes state and Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal. The design was presented to stakeholders in a working session on December 11. After the mission the team solicited input and edits to the design so that the SSDDRC & TDRP can together finalize the Pilot Reintegration Project design. The TDRP also continued its technical assistance to the SSDDRC through ICRS development and preparations. The ICRS database and software will play a crucial role from the start of the DDR pilot as ICRS will be used as the registration software in South Sudan's Phase II DDR.

  DDR Operations

CAR Rwanda
2nd Emergency Demobilization
and Reintegration Program

TTL: Pia Peeters

Financing: $8m IDA, $2 m Gov. of
Rwanda,$4.5 m MDTF
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Demobilization and reintegration activities continue to be implemented, with a focus on sensitizing beneficiaries about the organization of a new cycle of training for the most vulnerable ex-combatants. For increased inclusion and family cohesion, ex-combatants will have the option to transfer their training benefits to their spouses. The one year non-cost extension until December 30, 2013 has been finalized. 

Upcoming Events

Jan. 20-April 15: Mission to Côte d’Ivoire for Technical Assistance to ADDR and PAPC

Jan. 30-31: TFC Meeting in Paris

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