ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform

The reform of the national security sector has become one of the major topics of international concern regarding crisis management and post-crisis recovery during the last decade.
The focus on traditional security actors such as the police, the military, the judiciary, prison personnel, border guards, and intelligence has been complemented by a more comprehensive view on human security, bringing the basic needs and physical, social and economic security and safety of individuals and the population to the centre of attention.

Scheduled Course

ESDC Core Course on SSR: 20 – 28 September 2017
Application Deadline: 2 July 2017
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Course on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (ESDC & UN certified)

Women, children, the elderly, refugees, internally displaced persons, people with special needs and minorities are especially affected by the consequences of national and international armed conflict. It is therefore imperative comprehensively to protect the civilian population in all armed conflicts.

Scheduled Course

Course on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: 19 – 24 November 2017
Application Deadline: 10 September 2017
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ESDC Course on Peacebuilding

With this course on “Peacebuilding” experts from governments, civil society, the private sector, international institutions and agencies as well as international non-governmental organisations will be prepared and supported for their engagement in crisis prevention, crisis management, humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

Course Description

The course is based on a comprehensive peacebuilding approach emphasising the human security and basic human needs of the population in a conflict area, protecting and promoting human rights, supporting good governance, democratisation and civil society participation as well as sustainable socio-economic and ecological development, protecting the population by the rule of law and promoting culture, education and information dissemination. This peacebuilding approach aims at counteracting violent escalations flexibly and practically at an early point by non-violent means, and favours a multidimensional peace-keeping approach including military and civilian components on a co-operative and co-ordinated but distinct basis.

The course links this comprehensive peacebuilding approach to the specific professional and personal challenges of experts from a wide range of professional and organisational backgrounds who are already involved or plan to become involved in planning and implementing peacebuilding activities, either from their home base in governmental or non-governmental organisations or in a leading position in the field. Police and military experts involved in planning and implementing police or military activities in conjunction with peacebuilding activities are also important addressees.

Participants are provided with an overview on the approaches, tasks, instruments and actors for peace-building. Special emphasis is given to the role of gender, gender equality and the contribution of women to peace-building. The importance of the evaluation of peacebuilding projects and programmes for “lessons identified/learned” as well as the relevance of networking for better co-operation is also emphasised.


The methodology of the course aims at communicating the content taught in the modules in such a way that participants can later adapt and apply it in their daily work or in a new setting. Therefore, the methodology of the training is based on adult learning principles which allow the transfer of knowledge not only cognitively but also experientially.

Course participants coming from different fields will be encouraged to contribute with their specific experience to the content of the course, to the discussions and working groups. They should also actively share their experiences and their respective professional and practical insights with other course participants throughout the course.

Reading materials will be sent to the participants prior to the course in order to support the creation of common basic knowledge among participants. Moreover participants are asked to complete several IDL (internet-based distance learning) modules offered by the ESDC. The successful completion of the online modules during the preparation phase is a prerequisite to obtaining a course certificate after the residential part.

Target Group

Experts from governments, civil society, the private sector, international institutions and agencies as well as international non-governmental organizations who are engaged in crisis prevention, crisis management, humanitarian aid and development cooperation are invited to participate in this course.

The course is offered under the umbrella of the Academic Programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC).

Course duration is 6 days. Approximately 25 participants will be selected.

Course Brochure

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