AU Develops DDR Operational Guidance Notes

Dear Readers,

It is my pleasure to share with you this second edition of the AU Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) newsletter. This issue will take you through the development of DDR guidance documents and also highlight recent missions undertaken by the AUC and its partners in the Republic of Sudan and the State of Libya.

These guidance documents, fall under the knowledge management component of the African Union Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Capacity Program (AU DDRCP) and this initial set, specifically addresses the reintegration process, the different options that need consideration as a Government embarks on setting up a national authority to address DDR, responding to the needs of women and children and ensuring humane treatment of detainees.

You may be asking yourself why the AU is developing guidance documents and how this is different from other DDR technical guidelines already available. The answer is simple, while these documents are compliant with international legal standards such as the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS), the AU guidelines draw from DDR experiences in Africa and cater to the particular needs on the continent. The guidelines are intended to assist practitioners by providing a step-by-step guide, exemplified by case studies, on how to implement best practices drawn from the African continent.

I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincere appreciation to our partners the World Bank/ Post-Conflict and Social Development Practice Group - Africa Region (AFTCS) - Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP), the European Union (EU),  the United Nations {Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and United Nations Office for the African Union (UNOAU), United Nations Children’s Fund Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (UNICEF- ESARO)}, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Special recognition also goes to the AU Liaison Offices, for their continuous and sustained support to the implementation of the AU DDRCP.  

I sincerely hope you, our reader will enjoy this second edition and that you find the information captured both insightful and informative. 

Best Wishes,

Amb. Smail Chergui 
Commissioner, Peace and Security, 
African Union Commission
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AU DDR Newsletter, Volume 1, 2nd Edition

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