On 17 February 2010, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP) hosted a book launch and discussion on Security Sector Reform in Challenging Environments, the last publication in the Yearbook series of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).
Bringing such critical pieces of work to the fore and discussing them with a wide audience of practitioners and experts is part of the GPP’s mandate to act as a knowledge platform and a sounding board for the validation of peacebuilding practice and tools.
Security Sector Reform in Challenging Environments is meant to feed into theoretical re-thinking of SSR policy frameworks and to aid practitioners in conducting effective SSR in barely enabling environments. Building on the material consolidated in the book, the event highlighted experiences and lessons learned amidst unpredictable and highly political realities, emphasising the obstacles that security sector reform (SSR) faces in these contexts, the opportunities that SSR might nonetheless build upon, and the approaches that ultimately enable such meaningful progress.
Following an overview of ‘ideal’ and real SSR environments, the presentations delivered at the book launch offered evidence-based analyses of positive and negative SSR records, referring more specifically to the inception, design and implementation of national SSR programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sri Lanka.