The African Union Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Programme, established in 2012, produced a series of thematic Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs) with the aim to provide African stakeholders with practical guidance to assist in the planning and implementation of individual gender-responsive DDR programmes. While drawing from the African experience and catering to the specific needs of stakeholders on the continent, they are also compliant with international best practices and complementary to existing DDR framework, including the UN Integrated DDR Standards.
UNITAR, who is also a member of the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR (IAWG-DDR) and the Integrated DDR Training Group (IDDRTG), is supporting the African Union activities related to strengthening the capacity of its Member States to provide effective support to implement emerging as well as classic DDR through the operationalization and dissemination of the AU Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs).
The initiative launched in 2019 will contribute to enhancing the African Union’s role as a hub for DDR in Africa, strengthen capacities of stakeholders on the African continent and contribute to regional cooperation and partnership building in the area of DDR.
In the framework of such initiative, in 2020, UNITAR will provide training assistance to the World Bank Global Program for Reintegration Support (GPRS) 2019-2022 Programming Framework in support of the African Union.