Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
TDRP UPDATE
June 2012
(covering TDRP Activities in February 2013)
 
    Regional Activities

Great Lakes Peace Cup in full swing in Burundi, DRC and Uganda

Goma, DRC Gulu, Uganda
Goma, DRC Gulu, Uganda

The TDRP is sponsoring a regional football tournament named the Great Lakes Peace Cup as a tool to promote peace and reconciliation within and among countries. Participating teams are comprised of former combatants and community members.

Following the successful tournament in Rwanda, which saw the victory of Kigali on March 2, tournaments in Burundi, DRC and Uganda began in early May. In Uganda, the team Winterbury FC from Gulu won the national final against Rusese Airlines FC from Kasese in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,000. The Honorable Betty Bigombe, State Minister for Water and Environment and former peace negotiator with the LRA, congratulated the teams and distributed medals to all players.  The Burundi final took place on June 9 in the capital opposing Bujumbura to Bubanza. Bubanza won and will represent Burundi in the regional finals. In the DRC, the tournament is talking place among teams of North and South Kivu and the final will be on June 16 in Goma. In all locations, music and dancing accompany the messages of peaceful cohabitation and understanding in communities that have experienced violence and disruption in the past few years.

See photos from the DRC and Uganda games:

Slideshow from the Uganda Football Peace Cup Slideshow from the DRC Football Peace Cup
Slideshow from the
Uganda Football Peace Cup
Slideshow from the
DRC Football Peace Cup

DDR Mentoring mission to Juba, Republic of South Sudan –  May 20/25

What better way for the South Sudan DDR Commission (SSDDRC) to learn how to effectively set up its various functions than by hearing directly from its neighbors currently implementing DDR programs?  This is exactly what happened in late May in Juba, where the TDRP and African Union sponsored a mission of technical experts from Rwanda, DRC and Burundi. Following plenary sessions in the mornings, mentoring sessions took place in the afternoons on specific themes, for example what attributes should a DDR communication plan include? How to set up psycho-social support component for ex-combatants? What data should be recorded in the management information system and how to monitor progress of the project? The SSDDRC was pleased with the level of details in each intervention. Learning was mutual, since technical experts from Burundi, DRC and Rwanda were also able to see how South Sudan is organizing its DDR program.

See three interviews from the mentoring mission:

Inteview Mentoring Mission Part 1 Kuot Kuot Deng, IT and MIS Manager at the SS DDR Commission Interview Mentoring Mission Part 2
William Deng Deng, Chairman of the South Sudan DDR Commission Kuot Kuot Deng, IT and MIS Manager at the SS DDR Commission Claudia Breitung of BICC Germany, advisor to the SS DDR Commission


TDRP experts present lessons on child soldiers at AfDB annual meeting in Arusha. May 28/29

TDRP experts present lessons on child soldiers at AfDB annual meeting in ArushaThe TDRP Manager and Senior Conflict Specialist were invited to present during the AfDB annual meeting in Arusha on the theme: “Child soldiers in Africa: lessons learnt so far and linkages to youth employment”. The lessons from the MDRP and TDRP were very similar to the conclusions reached by the International Labour Organization, among others:

  • Advocacy campaigns are needed to reduce the level of discrimination against former child soldiers
  • State-sponsored apprenticeships can help former child soldiers with no job experience
  • Incentives must be put in place for the private sector to hire former child soldiers
  • Former child soldiers need to receive training on applying for jobs and workplace etiquette.
  DDR Operations
CARCentral Africa Republic:
Community Reintegration Project

TTL: Abderrahim Fraiji
Financing: $8.6 m tdrp logo, $2m JSDF

Disbursements rose to $3.34 million in May. The TDRP Operations Officer traveled to implementation areas in the North of the country to meet with partners and beneficiaries. The NGO Solidarités was organizing various trainings with locals, for example on making a yoke, ploughing fields with cattle, making oil from the harvested ground nuts, and building a cattle pen.

A plot of land has just been planted. Jan. 2012
A plot of land has just been planted. Jan. 2012
3 months later, corn, cassava and ground nuts flourish. March 2012
3 months later, corn, cassava and ground
nuts flourish. March 2012

 Technical Assistance
Joint UN/TDRP Mission to the African Union – May 7/11

The TDRP and UN Office to the African Union  (UNOAU) met with colleagues at the Peace and Security Department in Addis over one week to continue the preparation of the AU DDR Capacity Program. In particular, the mission started drafting the Program Document, which will form the basis of DDR engagement and activities for the AU. The mission also discussed the upcoming DDR training in September and started preparing its content.

  New Publications

Discussion Note

Sustainable Reintegration of
ex-combatants: Shadow Economies
and Cross-Border Trade
(PDF 651KB)

Sustainable Reintegration of ex-combatants: Shadow Economies and Cross-Border Trade Following two expert seminars organized in December 2010 and February 2012, the TDRP produced this discussion note, to summarize the issues presented at the seminars. The note also draws from several other papers to define the concepts of shadow and war economies and their various levels (global, regional, national and local).  The note uses the concept of networks to frame shadow economies, and concludes that a better understanding of the role of shadow economies will maximize the impact of DDR programs.

Study
Socio-economic Reintegration of
Ex-Combatants in the Pool Region,
Republic of Congo (in French)
(PDF 651KB)

Socio-economic Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in the Pool Region, Republic of Congo (in French)This quantitative analysis follows the qualitative report published in May 2011 “Is reintegration still worth it 8 years after the ceasefire” by the same author and provides detailed data from both ex-combatants and communities in the Pool region.


Upcoming Events

June 1 to 11: AU/TDRP mission to CAR

June 9: Final game of the Burundi Peace Cup in Bujumbura

June 16
: Final game of the DRC Peace Cup in Goma

June 25-26
: TDRP Trust Fund Committee meeting in Paris

 
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