Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
South Sudan DDR Pilot Reintegration Project Kicks Back Into Action with Training of Trainers
June, 2014
ICRS workers learn methods for teaching  business and cooperative skills.
ICRS workers learn methods for teaching
business and cooperative skills.

The South Sudan National DDR Commission (NDDRC) together with AFTCS/TDRP have recently completed two Training of Trainers (ToTs) in Juba. These trainings kick off the Pilot Reintegration Project’s Phase 2 “Livelihoods Support” component. 

The first training was a 10 day course on Entrepreneurship, Cooperatives and Financial Literacy and aimed at NDDRC Information, Counseling and Referral System (ICRS) caseworkers.  The ICRS caseworkers were trained both on contextual issues and also to themselves be able to conduct trainings on these topics for ex-combatants and community members who jointly formed cooperatives in the four states of Greater Bahr el Ghazal. 

ICRS workers learn methods for teaching  business and cooperative skills.
ICRS workers learn methods for teaching
business and cooperative skills.

The second training focused on business and cooperative formation specifically in agriculture, namely to equip small scale farmers with business skills to enable them to enhance their skills in this area.  This training was offered to seven agricultural extension workers of the Ministry of Agriculture, who are working in the four states of Greater Bahr el Ghazal. In order to ensure that there is a sustainable on-going relationship between the NDDRC and the Ministry of Agriculture, ICRS caseworkers joined the first module of this training. The agricultural extension workers will now take these skills and apply them by conducting extension trainings to ex-combatants who chose agriculture as their livelihood option.

ICRS caseworkers ready to train ex-combatants in their states after completing the Training of Trainers course.
ICRS caseworkers ready to train ex-combatants in their states
after completing the Training of Trainers course.

The current pilot caseload of 290 ex-combatants entered the DDR pilot programme between April and June 2013 at the Mapel Transitional Facility, began receiving reintegration services following their graduation in September 2013. The forthcoming training of ex-combatants (and community members) will follow-up on trainings conducted in the fall and winter during Phase 1 of the pilot project and will tie together with the vocational training received in the Mapel Transitional Facility. Additionally, while both ToTs provide a current benefit through the trainings to ex-combatants and communities they also provided capacity building to the staff of the NDDRC and Ministry of Agriculture that will inform their work in the future. 

The South Sudan DDR Pilot Reintegration Project is being conducted to test the DDR modalities in South Sudan, capture the lessons and inform the design for future National DDR programming.  The pilot reintegration project is further designed to support ex-combatants in developing alternate livelihoods as they transition out of military service while facilitating their socio-economic reintegration through follow-up trainings and distribution of start-up toolkits alongside community support projects, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.

ICRS caseworkers ready to train ex-combatants in their states after completing the Training of Trainers course.
ICRS caseworkers ready to train ex-combatants in their states after completing the Training of Trainers course.

 

For more information on the DDR programme in South Sudan see: www.ssddrc.org

 

 

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