Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
October 2012
    Regional Activities

AU organizes DDR training in Addis and endorses 3-year DDR Capacity Program

In the week of September 24-29, 2012 the partnership on DDR between the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and the World Bank (WB) jointly conducted two events in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Both events took place under the umbrella of the AU DDR Capacity Program (AU DDRCP).  First a DDR training session was held from September 24 to 26 for representatives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution (RMs) and AU member states. The three days provided an overview of key and advanced DDR concepts, and included sessions such as 2nd generation DDR approaches, risk management, DDR planning and communicating DDR. The 40 participants shared their own experiences with DDR, which enriched the training session. Next, on September 28 and 29, 2012, the AU Defense and Security Division and UNOAU jointly facilitated a 1.5 day Validation Workshop of the draft DDRCP Project Document for 2013-2015, during which the document was reviewed and endorsed. The AU will convene a donors conference later this year to mobilize funds for the DDRCP.

TDRP AU DDR Capacity Program

See other photos of the two AU events in Addis Ababa

Burundi wins the Great Lakes Peace Cup Final in Kampala

On September 21 and 22, 2012, the four teams that had won Peace Cup titles in their respective countries between February and June gathered in Kampala, Uganda for the Regional Final of the Great Lakes Peace Cup. The motto of the tournament was "Youth, Peace, Development". The teams were composed of half ex-combatants and half men who had not taken part in the war. Most players were between the ages of 18 and 23. The Peace Cup was one of the pilot activities that the TDRP organized to explore improving social reintegration. Overall, the Great Lakes Peace Cup was successful in achieving its objectives with many players for the first time meeting individuals from other countries with similar backgrounds, and who shared the same passion for football.

TDRP - Video Interview with Ismael Bikomati

Interview with Ismael Bikomati,
captain of the team from Bubanza, Burundi

TDRP - Video Interview with Ismael Bikomati

See photos from the Peace Cup final in Kampala

How do families of ex-combatants impact reintegration? Joint TDRP/LOGICA study launched

Learning on Gender and Conflict in Africa Program (LOGiCA)The FQEI worked with LOGICA on the initiation of an in-depth qualitative study examining family dynamics during the process of reintegration of ex-combatants in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. Families of ex-combatants receive limited support to prepare for the return and re-entry of the ex-combatants into the household and their subsequent reintegration into various societal layers. The untested assumption has been that the family is an all-enduring body that welcomes the ex-combatant ‘home’ and has self-determined mechanisms to deal with most of the complexities and challenges they face. The study investigates: (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.

Cross Border Stabilization and Recovery in LRA affected areas

- Selection of partners in Uganda for the project to strengthen women’s economic associations

In September, Triodos Facet was competitively selected as a implementing partner alongside Gulu University and Zoa as local partners for the provision of training and follow-up services to Women’s Economic Associations in Gulu, Kitgum and Pader in Northern Uganda. The International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) was selected as TDRP’s Monitoring and Evaluation partner. ILPI began its work with the development of research tools and an inception study during September. Project activities are expected to commence in November 2012.

- Regional assessment in LRA affected countries

The TDRP worked with the AU and AfDB to develop the terms of reference for the requested Assessment of stabilization and rehabilitation needs in the areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Republic of South Sudan (ROSS). The TDRP shared the English and French versions of the terms of reference with members of the International Working Group on the LRA. The assessment will take place in two stages: first, a preliminary assessment will seek to harmonize views on the thematic and geographical coverage of the assessment and its recommendations, as well as on the structure and contents of the end product to satisfy the need for strategic, programmatic and funding advice; second, a detailed assessment will complement the collection of information and analytical work initiated in the pre-assessment.


  DDR Operations
CARCentral Africa Republic:
Community Reintegration Project

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

On September 7 to 15, a TDRP mission travelled to Bangui to conduct the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the project as well as an assessment of the World Bank’s and TDRP activities in CAR. The team spent three days in Kabo in the northcenter with Solidarités International and another three days in Paoua in the northwest with ACTED and Première Urgence.

The MTR confirmed the continued relevance of the project’s original design and objectives. It analyzed the appropriateness of project strategies and implementation arrangements, including M&E, and reviewed the project financial management and procurement arrangements.


CAR Rwanda: 2nd Emergency Demobilization and Reintegration Program

TTL: Pia Peeters
Financing: $8m IDA, $2 m Gov. of Rwanda,$4.5 m MDTF
flags, $4.5 m tdrp logo

Demobilization and reintegration activities are progressing well in Rwanda. The Mutobo demobilization center continues to respond efficiently to an increased demand for demobilization having provided training on resource mobilization to all registered cooperatives with ex-combatants, and has organized peer-to-peer learning tours between cooperatives. The project continues to provide tailored support to vulnerable groups, including children, women, and disabled ex-combatants through Vulnerability Support Window grants. In September, vulnerable ex-combatants started receiving training through apprenticeship.

 New Publications


TDRP Independent Evaluation Report issued
(PDF 2.41MB)

Independent Evaluation  of the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program  Final ReportIndependent Evaluation
of the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
Final Report
September 2012


13th TDRP Quarterly Report
July/September 2012 - (PDF 1.55MB)

13th TDRP Quarterly Report  July/September 2012In the third quarter of 2012, the TDRP supported the endorsement of the AU DDR Capacity Program, and successfully completed the Great Lakes Peace Cup in Uganda, among other activities. The final report of the independent evaluation of the TDRP was also issued.

 Technical Assistance


The TDRP worked closely with the World Bank country team in Bangui on the preparation of a Stabilization Action Matrix. As part of this initiative the TDRP will undertake two studies: i) on the assessment of the available natural resources in CAR and ii) sub-regional stresses impacting reintegration and stabilization in the north-eastern area of the country. The TDRP is providing assistance to the BINUCA in its DDR operations to strengthen their capacities with 3 consultants: 2 local consultants and 1 international DDR expert. In addition, the TDRP agreed to provide support to the LRA focused activities of BINUCA with 2 consultants based in Obo and 1 consultant based in Bangui to coordinate the activities. The full team is expected to be in place by the end of October. Finally, the TDRP will support the AU liaison office in Bangui with two consultants, a DDR expert an a Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development expert. The recruitment process was launched in late September.

ROCSouth Sudan

Following a request from the AU, the TDRP supported the SS DDR Commission by sourcing personnel to assist it in the preparation of its reintegration program. A manager and an IT specialist for the Information Counseling and Referral System (ICRS) were recruited for a 12-month period in Juba.

On September 17, 2012, the AU, with support from TDRP, hosted a coordination meeting in conjunction with the SSDDRC. The primary objectives of the meeting were to outline clearly: (i) the RoSS Government's position on DDR; (ii) the status of the new program focusing on its national strategic direction; (iii) the key features of the primary program components, including the disarmament, demobilization, reinsertion and reintegration stages; and (iv) funding mechanism and proposed structure for administration of future funds. The coordination meeting provided an opportunity for the SSDDRC and partners to present updates on the status of the DDR programming, as well as to identify key gaps and challenges, across all implementation modalities including disarmament, demobilization and reintegration phases. The meeting also enabled the SSDDRC to discuss funding modalities for the future program.

Upcoming Events

Oct 8-19: Mission to Republic of Burundi: Emergency Demobilization and Transitional Reintegration Project - Proposed Extension and Pre-Appraisal Mission.
Oct 8-26: TDRP mission to South Sudan: Reintegration planning and scoping mission.
Nov 5-10: TDRP support to AU mission to Côte d'Ivoire: DDR situational and operational readiness assessment.    



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