Security sector reform (Level 1)


The prerequisites necessary to participate in this course are:

  • Be medically able to follow the entire course,
  • This course is open equally to the military (Commander to the General), police and civilians, men and women,
  • Master the French or English language,
  • Be likely to hold a job in a peace support operation in Africa.

Objectives of the Internship:

The purpose of this introductory course (level 1) to Security Sector Reform (SSR) is to present the main lines of the strategy and practices used in the area of ​​SSR and develop in the participants, the competent basics necessary to undertake an assessment and embark on RSS programming.

General organization of the internship:

  • The internship lasts one week,
  • The internship is conducted in French and English,
  • The course is open to soldiers, civilians and police of both sexes.

Discussed subjects:

  • Introduction to Security Sector Reform,
  • Security Sector Mapping,
  • Security Sector Reform and Gender,
  • Principles and characteristics of HSS programming,
  • Undertake an “Assesment” in matters of RSS,
  • Programming in RSS in a post-conflict context,
  • The role of Civil Society in SSR,
  • For the action strategy: Implement the programming,
  • Interdepartmental approach to SSR.

Special point:

Practical exercises are organized to supplement theoretical knowledge.
Each trainee has 20 minutes to briefly present their country, their armed forces (for the military) or the organization to which they belong (for civilians). It is advisable to prepare this presentation before joining Bamako.
Civilian personnel, interested in following the training and who meet the selection criteria, must send their CV along with the registration form to the following address civil - by mentioning in the subject line the name of the course. Out of 25 participants, 13 are civilians. Each trainee receives in advance all documents relating to the internship and all important readings to allow the intern to optimize his internship week. It is advisable to prepare and read the documentation before joining the course.