old women and soldiers in Rwanda October 2012, Musanze, Rwanda – UNITAR co-organized a week-long “Advanced Training of Trainers Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” in cooperation with the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). The training, which was held from 8 - 12 October at the Rwanda Peace Academy, aimed to enhance the participants’ capacity to effectively support security sector reform in conflict-affected environments.

The advanced training of trainers course is the second in a unique series of SSR courses developed and jointly implemented by ISSAT and UNITAR, which reflect the growing need for well-trained personnel, in particular on the African continent, in the field of security governance. As the SSR related challenges cover a wide spectrum of activities, the course encompasses a holistic approach, including modules on “Governance and SSR”, “Reform of Police and Defence Apparatus” and “Soft Skills” needed to build reliable partnerships through mentoring and advising. The course attracted professional participants far beyond the borders of Rwanda, including also from Burundi, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Tanzania and Uganda. The exchange of practical experiences was therefore as much part of the learning objectives as the lessons themselves.

“The New Times”, a Rwandan daily newspaper reported on the launch of the course. The article quoted the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Brig. General Jack Nziza who in his speech went to the core of and rationale for the course – “Security is an underlying factor in achieving democracy, good governance and administration of justice. It is the pivot of enhancing public safety and sustainable development” (link to the full article - click here).