Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration

In regions emerging from violent conflict or a serious crisis a successful transition from conflict to peace often depends on the international community to create a climate of confidence and security. One way of bringing this about is to begin the procedure of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of combatants.

Successfully implemented, DDR supports peace and improves security in post-conflict situations in various ways. The dismantling of armed groups, enhancing the control of weapons, reducing military spending and creating economic, social and political conditions favourable to the reintegration of former combatants into civilian society all help to reduce the risk of renewed armed conflict.

What does the FBA do?

  • Policy, research and development
    The FBA contributes to the creation of the UN DDR doctrine, Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS). This consists of issuing guidelines for all UN DDR missions. The IDDRS is based on field experience and contains recommendations for the planning and implementation of DDR processes.

  • Training
    The FBA offers a yearly DDR course for participants working, or planning to work, with DDR-related issues. The course is based on the IDDRS.

  • International work
    As part of Sweden’s development cooperation with Colombia, the FBA has the mission to work with DDR in Colombia. The FBA also seconds experts on DDR to international peace missions.  Please see the map about our international projects.

  • Cooperation
    The FBA cooperates with the Stockholm Initiative on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (SIDDR) and the Integrated DDR Training Group (IDDRTG).

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Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States

There is a long-standing recognition that rule of law is an essential element in achieving sustainable peace and development. In recent years it has gained even more prominence in policy discourse and as a core ingredient of broad-based international commitments, with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 as a clear indicator for where we are headed. Yet, what has been lacking in rule of law reform, or at least it has been only marginally represented, is a political approach to address the underlying causes of problems and obstacles to rule of law.

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    Technical problems, political fixes: assessing rule of law in local governance in Ukraine

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