Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
World Bank and UN DPKO joint support of the African Union DDR Capacity Program brings together DDR Training Experts and Stakeholders on DDR Compendium of Experiences and Training
June 10th, 2015
The workshop brought together more than twenty participants including representatives of the RECs, African Centers of Excellence, other training organizations, AU headquarters and mission staff, UNís DPKO and World Bankís TDRP

On May 12-13, 2015 the African Union DDR Capacity Program (AUDDRCP) of the Defense and Security Division (DSD) hosted an important workshop of DDR training experts and stakeholders. The group was asked to weigh in on two streams of work currently in development, namely the AU DDR compendium and DDR training standards. The workshop brought together more than twenty participants including representatives of the RECs, African Centers of Excellence, other training organizations, AU headquarters and mission staff, UN’s DPKO and World Bank’s Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program. Over the course of the 2 days, the DDR experts shared their experiences, views and inputs on the first phase of the Compendium of African DDR experiences and the process moving forward as well as the training standards and materials proposed process, content, form and methodology.


The workshop was led by the African Union Commission in partnership with the World Bank and the United Nations through support by the UN-WB Partnership Trust Fund and the TDRP. On behalf of the African Union, the meeting was opened by Dr. Tarek A. Sharif, Head of the Defense and Security Division, who welcomed participants and outlined that this workshop was part of AU efforts to develop its capacity in DDR and to equip Africa with renewed strategies on how to develop and implement best practices on DDR. On behalf of the World Bank, Mr Olivier Mukarji, Senior Social Development Advisor expressed his appreciation for the participants' involvement in this meeting and urged that they stay involved throughout the drafting process in order that the AU products may benefit from on their vast DDR expertise.

Remarks were also made by Mr Christopher O'Donnell, DDR Officer from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who welcomed the progress achieved by the AU under the DDRCP and reiterated the importance of the strategic relationship between the AU, UN and World Bank in relation to DDR processes on the African continent.

The team compiled the input of the participants which will further strengthen the work on the compendium and training standards. Additionally the AU DDR team and participants agreed to establish an advisory group on each the compendium and the training inputs to ensure continued engagement by the interested experts.


The goal of the AUDDRCP program is to strengthen the capacity of the AU in supporting member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) to respond to Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) challenges in fragile and conflict-affected contexts across Africa's five regions. This is conducted through the three steams of: (i) Institutionalization of African Union DDR Capacities, (ii) DDR Knowledge Development and Sharing and (iii) Supporting AU Engagement in DDR Activities of Member States. This workshop was targeted to further the knowledge products offered by the AU DDR unit to strengthen the DDR work of member states, RECs and REMs moving forward.

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