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Annual Report 2010

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Release date: 2010-04

BICC is working at the interface between peace and development. Here too it is important to meet the new challenges with innovative, application-based scientific approaches and concrete practical projects. This is demonstrated by the selection of BICC’s projects which we are presenting in this Annual Report.  

In the field of global arms control, BICC has systematically continued its critical appraisal of German arms exports on the basis of the EU Code of Conduct. The Global Militarization Index (GMI) illustrates the significance of state military apparatuses compared with society as a whole, and serves as an objective instrument for analysis and policy advice.

Another of BICC’s projects deals with the commercialization of security in developing countries in the context of the overarching issue of how to establish security in post-conflict societies. It considers the implications for development policy of the increasing involvement of private security companies in security tasks in many partner countries.  

One of BICC’s most important advisory projects is devoted to the demobilization of former combatants in South Sudan. BICC has been supporting this process on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and the Bank of Reconstruction (KfW) since the beginning of 2010 and has sent an expert as a long-term advisor to the South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC). 

A research project on war rape focuses on developing a typology of this form of violence in war, particularly in order to study its societal and economic consequences following the end of the war.

The Annual Report provides details of two projects in the focus area of “Migration and Security”: On the one hand, BICC is a member of a transatlantic study team which is examining climate-induced migration. On the other hand, it is also studying the transnational engagement of African migrant organizations in North Rhine Westphalia. 

At the beginning of 2010, BICC took over the International Secretariat of the Fatal Transactions campaign, a group of European NGOs which is committed to the fair use of natural resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. A BICC study on the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Project entitled “’We were promised development and all we got is misery’—The Influence of Petroleum on Conflict Dynamics in Chad“also deals with the topic of “Natural Resources and Conflicts”.   

A further article in this year’s Annual Report asks: How much conversion will we be seeing in the years to come? Base closures and reductions within the framework of the Bundeswehr’s structural reform and the downsizing of foreign troops are having a considerable economic effect on the Lander and local communities concerned and are also influencing regional planning and development.