FBA Hybrid Course on Children, Youth and DDR: a Practitioner’s Guide
Start date: 03 May 2021 12:00am | End date: 19 Jun 2021 12:00am
In countries affected by violent conflict, a successful transition from conflict to peace is often dependent on the establishment of increased stability, human security and the creation of a climate of confidence paving the way for necessary peacebuilding and recovery activities. Within this transition, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants (DDR) is instrumental, seeking to increase security levels and to enable those associated with armed groups to (re)join mainstream society. DDR as an integrated process through which members of armed groups are supported to return to civilian life represents both an output of conflict resolution and a facilitator for peacebuilding. Support to integrated DDR can consist of DDR programmes, DDR-related tools and reintegration support outside of a DDR programme and can be implemented before, during and after conflict.
Historically, DDR interventions have been limited in addressing the rights and needs of children and youth, in spite of legal frameworks that provide for their protection. Failing to support children and youth exiting armed groups can lead to further marginalization, exposure to violence and re-recruitment into violent conflict. For DDR to meaningfully contribute to breaking the cycle of violence, the support provided must address the specific needs and experiences of girls and boys and young women and men well aligned with the agendas for Children and Armed Conflict and Youth, Peace and Security. To address this gap, FBA offers a comprehensive hybrid course focusing on the necessary analysis, design and application of DDR programming that addresses the needs and opportunities associated with a rights-based and sustainable support to children and youth formerly associated with armed groups.
This seven-week long course aims to strengthen the capacity of DDR professionals to address the rights, needs and opportunities for children and youth in DDR programming. After completing the course, the participants are expected to be able to:
1. Explain Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Processes, its objectives, principles and processes as they relate to children and youth in conflict,
2. Describe the key normative and legal frameworks for the protection of children and youth in conflict, respectively, and states’ responsibilities to guarantee and re-establish violated rights,
3. Identify challenges and opportunities associated with working with children and youth exiting armed groups,
4. Assess different needs and experiences among boys and girls and young women and men as they relate to different age categories within integrated DDR processes,
5. Design intervention options available for sustainable release/demobilization and reintegration of children and youth associated with armed groups,
6. Apply an evidence-based approach in the development of specific DDR programming for children and youth.
Throughout the course the participants will explore concepts and methods for integrated DDR programming as it relates to children and youth. Some of the key issues to be addressed, both theoretically and in practice through exercises, are conflict analysis, the links between children, youth and conflict, the profiling of children and youth based on individual needs as they exit armed groups and interventions for effective and sustainable reintegration of children and youth based on their rights, needs and experiences.
The course consists of four consecutive blocks:
1. Children and Youth in Conflict
2. The Impacts of Conflict and the Protection Architecture
3. DDR: Engaging Children and Youth Coming out of Armed Groups
4. DDR Programming: Managing a Caseload
The course adopts an interactive and learner-centred approach combining pre-recorded and live presentations, discussions, group work and scenario-based exercises. Individual and group-based reflections are integrated to support the learning experience of each participant. With facilitators and participants of multiple professional and geographic backgrounds, this course offers a dynamic learning environment with extensive opportunities for networking and peer-learning.
The hybrid course consists of virtual live sessions via Zoom, stretching over a total of seven weeks, from the 3rd of May to the 18th of June. Additionally, the course contains self-paced studies, including readings, pre-recorded videos and individual assignments, between the live sessions. Each course week contains 2 live sessions, of 2,5 hours each, taking place in the afternoon (CET) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Availability to participate in the live sessions is a requirement for acceptance to the course. In addition to the live session each course week contains up to 5 hours of self-paced studies. Subsequently, participants are expected to devote a total of approximately 10 hours per week during a seven-week long period, in order to fully benefit from the course content.
Given the virtual format of the course, responsibility for keeping up with the course and going through the course materials will lie on the individual course participant. In order to be able to take part in this training, applicants need to have access to a computer/tablet with a working microphone and camera, a stable internet connection, as well as have their employers/supervisors commitment to their attendance of the course and understanding that time must be allocated under office hours. Fluency in English is a requirement as the course is conducted in English.
The target group for the course are professionals working on DDR, including practitioners with key positions related to policy, planning and implementation. Additionally, the course targets participants working on child protection with a clear link to DDR-related processes. The participants are expected to have an intermediate knowledge of peacebuilding mechanisms and/or structures and a need or strong interest to learn about integrated DDR processes. FBA strives to have a gender-balanced participation as well as participants with a mix of institutional and geographic backgrounds and experiences. Participants will be selected by means of professional background and personal motivation in order to create a dynamic and interactive group.
This is a virtual training, and does not demand participants to travel to any specific location. The cost of the course is 500 EUROS and covers tuition and administrative costs. A limited number of scholarships can be offered, for a few qualified participants who otherwise would not be able to attend. If you are interested, please indicate this on your application form, including a motivation statement.
CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATION
Applicants are welcome to submit their application until 26 March 2021. The course is open to a limited number of participants, and as we normally receive a high number of applications, we encourage applicants to carefully explain their professional experience and motivation for applying to the course. In addition, CVs are welcome. Applicants are kindly requested to use the online application form.
For further information please refer to FBA’s website or contact FBA’s DDR Course Administration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome to download our course fact sheet: Course Invitation – Children, Youth and DDR. a Practitioner’s Guide