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|AFRICAN UNION DDR CAPACITY PROGRAM
Strengthening the capacity within the AU regional security architecture to provide effective support to DDR initiatives is viewed by the AU as integral to its objective of promoting peace, security and stability in Africa. DDR is considered as a vital component of peace-building, acting as a bridge between immediate security and longer-term recovery priorities in the transition from war to peace.The AU therefore, promotes the concept of African ownership over DDR processes and considers national governments as holding primary responsibility for DDR programs' implementation.
|Objectives of the AU DDRCP|
The main objective of AU DDRCP is to strengthen capacities within the African Union, its member states and regional partners, namely the RECs and RMs, which are the building blocks in the continental security system.
AU DDRCP supports national and regional DDR initiatives on the continent. DDRCP is a three-year program, to be implemented between 2013 and 2015, with the following three objectives:
The importance and mandate of the AU Commission to support DDR processes was made in the 2004 Common African Defence and Security Policy (CADSP) and then subsequently in the 2006 Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) and the 2010 African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) Roadmap.
The AU Commission designated the Defence and Security Division (DSD), which is the body responsible for cross-cutting security issues and developing the CADSP, as the main implementing body for the DDRCP. AU DDRCP was officially launched in January 2013, the AU is already providing assistance to national DDR processes pursuant to requests made by Member States.
The DSD collaborates closely with the other sections of the Commission including the Peace Support Operation Division (PSOD) and the African Stand-by Force. Throughout this DDR capacity enhancement process, the AU is being supported by the World Bank Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP), the United Nations Office at the African Union (UNOAU) and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN DPKO). Both the UN and the World Bank view the enhancement of AU capacity to address security needs on the continent as being strategic to achieving sustainable peace and security on the continent.
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