AU reviews AU DDR Operational Guidance

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A press statement AU posted on its website said the consultative workshop focused on issues of Detention, Women and Children in armed conflict, Reintegration and developing frameworks for National DDR initiatives.

The workshop was held as part of the Commission’s efforts to assist Member States, RECS/RMs in building their capacity to respond effectively and in a timely manner to DDR challenges in Africa.

The documents are aimed at strengthening the continental peace and security architecture and provide a platform for the AU to provide practical and political support to Member States and regional mechanisms in addressing DDR related challenges.

They are intended to help standardize critical elements in any peace support operation on the continent based on experience by member states, from RECs and other partners. The documents are an important step towards improving and harmonize DDR modalities.

The AU DDR capacity program enjoys the support of the World Bank and UN as well as other key partners working towards enhancing efficiency and effectiveness on how the AU addresses key issues pertaining to DDR across the continent.

The meeting brought together DDR experts from selected Member States, representatives from the RECs, Center of Excellence (Kofi Annan Centre), UN, EU, World Bank, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

In February 2012, the AUC initiated the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Capacity Program (DDRCP) by holding a Consultation Seminar on DDR with the RECs and RMs for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution.

According to ENA, the purpose of the DDRCP is to strengthen capacities within the AU, Member States and regional partners, namely the RECs and RMs, to support national and regional DDR initiatives on the continent.

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