The Reintegration of Ex-Combatants: Advanced Training Course (Senior Level) is jointly organized by the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center and Transition International.
INTRODUCTION Programmes for the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) of former combatants have become an increasingly important component of peace processes and post conflict reconstruction plans. The success of such programmes is essential for sustainable peace and development and to prevent renewed violence, but in many cases these have failed because not enough attention was given to the reintegration phase of the process. Reintegration processes have become more and more complex in response to the changing nature of conflict in which the differentiation between combatant, armed civilian, militia, self-defense group, victim or perpetrator has become less and less clear.
OBJECTIVES This course has the specific aim of bringing together highly experienced practitioners, policy makers and donors from around the world to share experience and develop a common understanding of approaches to reintegration. The course builds upon the principles of the Integrated DDR standards as developed by the interagency working group on DDR. Best practice on economic and social reintegration are taught by a pool of experienced trainers, and further explored and challenged by the participants. It further explores new practices, theories and actual discussions such as the demanded shift towards Community Based Reintegration (CBR), the linking of reintegration to SSR and the tensions of combining Reintegration with Transitional Justice mechanisms (TJ).