Thursday, July 1, 2010

Report on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in Southern Sudan

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned the Small Arms Survey in Geneva to do a study of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in southern Sudan.

Written by Julie Brethfeld, Europe-Central Asia team leader for the UK-based NGO Saferworld, the June 2010 report is titled "Unrealistic Expectations: Current Challenges to Reintegration in Southern Sudan."

The study takes a critical look at the DDR process in southern Sudan, and specifically at the reintegration component. It outlines how DDR is currently implemented as well as its progress to date. One conclusion is that DDR is unlikely to lead to improvements in social and economic recovery and development.

Image: One of the first 12 demobilized soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) shows his discharge certificate at the launch of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programme in southern Sudan by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
10/Jun/2009. Juba, Sudan. UN Photo/Tim McKulka. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/. Creative commons licensed Flickr photo. Link.

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