Support to the Revision and Dissemination of the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Standards




  • Building Peace and Social Cohesion

First phase 2018-2020

This project supports and adds value to the internal revision process of the United Nations' Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS), originally published by the UN Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) in 2006. Over the course of two years, this project will proceed along four inter-dependent pillars.
\ Pillar 1 supports the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in the revision and validation of existing or new IDDRS modules, primarily through the secondment of a BICC Advisor/Senior Researcher to UN Headquarters in New York. The Advisor is responsible for coordinating, drafting, and harmonizing language and concepts in the IDDRS among all 20 plus members of the IAWG.
\ Pillar 2 provides new insights and policy-relevant research on DDR, by way of a research paper on the reintegration of former combatants and other returnees and a four-country study requested by DPO.
\ Pillar 3: Upon completion of the IDDRS revision process, BICC assists in the development of a new IDDRS training curriculum, the creation of associated training materials, and the organisation of three Training of Trainer (ToT) workshops around the world, using BICC's position as co-Chair of the Integrated DDR Training Group (IDDRTG).
\ Pillar 4 also supports the dissemination and operationalization of the revised IDDRS by developing five short Practice Notes on various modules or topics covered by the IDDRS to be used by practitioners and policymakers alike, as well as organizing three launch events for the IDDRS around the world.

Second phase 2020-2022

This project phase follows on from the project to "Support the United Nations in the Revision of the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS)". While the previous project primarily supported the internal revision process of the IDDRS, this project aims to operationalise the newly revised standards. The project, which is expected to be implemented until the end of 2022, has three main components: 
Component 1 supports the enhancement and dissemination of DDR guidance. Against this backdrop, a DDR technical expert has been seconded to the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Division of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in New York. The expert is assisting the United Nations in developing mechanisms to enable continuous revision of the IDDRS. To further disseminate the revised IDDRS amongst DDR practitioners and to assist them in applying the IDDRS, the project also supports the development of a digital IDDRS application/database. In Component 2, BICC provides technical assistance to UN missions, member states, regional and sub-regional organisations. Component 3 focuses on training activities on the revised IDDRS. In this context, an advanced online course on DDR has been developed in collaboration with UNITAR, which is followed up by two moderated online training courses (2021-2022). Numerous classroom training activities will also be conducted as part of the 

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  • German Federal Foreign Office

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