Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Conference on South Sudan

From 13 to 14 September 2016, BICC together with the German Federal Foreign Office, organized a conference in Berlin on security sector reform (SSR) and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in light of the changed reality in South Sudan.

Input by Jason Aplon, Post Conflict/DDR Advisor, Transition and Recovery Division (IOM). All Photos: BICC

The conference was attended by donor representatives from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom and institutions working on the implementation of peace and security sector reform in South Sudan, such as the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Delegates from other UN agencies, such as UNICEF and UNMAS, as well IOM were also in attendance.

The major objective of the meeting was to discuss potential approaches to cantonment, DDR and security sector transformation in South Sudan. Against this background, the conference participants reflected upon the changed political reality and security situation in the world’s newest nation. In the subsequent discussion of potential reintegration approaches to be pursued in South Sudan, a particular emphasis was put on non-traditional mechanisms to integrate ex-combatants back into society. Based on inputs provided by various speakers and plenary discussions, the conference members identified priority actions and next steps to support the implementation of the transitional security arrangements in South Sudan.


Workshop participants (f. l. t. r.) Michael Christian (JMEC), Chris Leins (U.S. State Department), Luuk van de Vondervoort (Consultant), Tom Gillhespy (Peace Direct)

The audience receives input on non-traditional reintegration approaches