Building New DDR Solutions: A New Policy Research Initiative

  • 2014•12•12     New York

    In December 2014, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Section in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations together with the UN University launched a joint policy research platform — Building New DDR Solutions — centred on emerging strategic challenges for DDR operations. The first round of research will take place in the spring of 2015, with a focus on the challenges DDR operations face in dealing with Countering Violent Extremism and offensive operations.

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    Image: UN DPKO/DDR Section

    As fewer UN peace operations, and by extension fewer UN DDR operations, take place in the traditional context of post-civil war peace processes, DDR programmes are increasingly being used to deal with changes in the nature of violence. From the rise of transnational violent extremism to the interaction of political and criminal armed groups, or protracted attacks on civilians, UN DDR operations have had to adapt to a variety of new challenges. Yet while the strategic environment that DDR operates in has evolved, the concepts, tools and practices available to practitioners have not. This risks creating a serious gap between expectations and reality.

    The aim of this joint UNU-DDR research and policy development platform is to help DDR stakeholders, including UN and non-UN practitioners, researchers, and Member States, bridge the gap between policy and practice. With expert researchers road-testing concepts with practitioners and defining policy options together, the initiative will help build new DDR solutions. Such coordinated DDR thinking will better equip decision-makers to develop realistic DDR responses for evolving contexts.

    For further information about getting involved with or supporting this project, please contact James Cockayne.