A Civil-Military-Police Handbook and Curriculum on Human Security: 

Community Engagement and Security Sector Development 

Updated on 5 June 2015

Parts of our first draft of the Civil Society-Military-Police Handbook on Human Security are now linked here. The early drafts will go through many months of editing and commenting before we will officially publish them later this year. The handbook and an accompanying set of case studies on Civil Society-Military-Police Collaboration on Human Security and SSR will be launched at a 9-11 December 2015 conference in The Hague at the Civil-Military Cooperation Center of Excellence (CCOE).

Each Module includes advanced reading and training notes for each lesson, including exercises and scenarios.  Each lesson is accompanied by a powerpoint which includes illustrations and diagrams.  Participants will be expected to first read the handbook.  Each lesson is approximately 1 hour including a 15-20 minute powerpoint summarizing the handbook, and then 30-45 minutes of exercises and discussion on the themes of each lesson. Eventually there will be an on-line version or game to go with each lesson as well as on-line discussion forums.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.  Please email with any contributions or reactions.

Handbook & Curriculum Introduction and Table of Contents

Module 1: Leadership in Complex Environments

Lesson 1 Powerpoint: Understanding Complex Environments and Mapping Stakeholders

Lesson 2 Powerpoint: Adaptive Leadership

Lesson 3 Powerpoint: Cross-Cultural Understanding and Trust Building

Lesson 4 Powerpoint: Self-Assessment

Module 2: State-Society Relations

Lesson 5 Powerpoint: Introduction to State-Society Relations in Diverse Contexts

Lesson 6 Introduction to the Security Sector

Lesson 7 Powerpoint: Introduction to Civil Society and NGOs

Lesson 8: Legal Frameworks for Civil-Military-Police Relations

Module 3: Coordination on Conflict Assessment and Planning

Lesson 9 Powerpoint: Methods of Research

Lesson 10 Powerpoint: Conflict Assessment

Lesson 11: From Conflict Assessment to Planning

Module 4: Approaches to Security

Lesson 12: Human Security and National Security

Lesson 13: Approaches to Violence, Insurgency, & Terrorism

Lesson 14: Approaches to Security Sector Reform & Development (SSR)

Lesson 15: Approaches to Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration (DDR)

Lesson 16: Approaches to Policing and Justice


Module 5: Coordination on Civic Assistance

Lesson 17: Approaches to Civic Assistance

Lesson 18: Civil-Military-Police Coordination and Information Sharing

Lesson 19: Civil-Military-Police Guidance 

Module 6: Coordination on Protection of Civilians

Lesson 20: Strategies and Responsibilities for Protection of Civilians

Lesson 21: Prevention of Gender-Based Violence

Lesson 22: Addressing Civilian Casualties

Module 7: Skills in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Lesson 23: Communication and Conflict Management Skills

Lesson 24: Dialogue and Facilitation Skills

Lesson 25: Negotiation Skills

Lesson 26: Mediation Skills

Module 8: Trauma Awareness, Resilience, and Managing Stress

Lesson 27: Trauma Awareness for Civil-Military-Police Relations

Lesson 28: Psychosocial Healing, Resilience, Managing Stress and Self-Care

Module 9: Security Sector Governance, Accountability & Performance

Lesson 29: Assessing and Improving Security Governance, Accountability, and Performance

Lesson 30: Security Governance, Accountability and Performance Tools

Module 10: Multi Stakeholder Process Guide

Lesson 31: Multistakeholder processes on Human Security

Lesson 32: Organizing and Designing multistakeholder processes on human security 

Lesson 33: Moving to Action & Evaluation


Understand to Prevent workshop, Shrivenham UK

24-25 June 2015

The ‘Understand to Prevent' (U2P) is an initiative of MCDC (Multinational Capability Development Campaign), a learning platform for different military forces. The U2P has been considering the role of the military in conflict prevention, and the operationalisation of a comprehensive approach in the field. They look at the phases where CSOs and the military can engage, and are looking to test some of their findings in a scenario exercise in 2016. GPPAC attended their workshop at the Shrivenham Military Academy as part of the outreach and streamlining of our consortium project with relevant civil-military initiatives. See the U2P main report, Summary and Presentation.    


Training of Trainers in Harrisonburg, Virginia

8 - 12 June 2015

The consortium partners convened a Training of Trainers (ToT) at the Eastern Mennonite University's Summer Peacebuilding Institute to test and refine the draft Handbook and Training Curriculum on Human Security and Peace Support Operations.The training gathered 29 participants from 25 different countries, including participants from the Global Reference Group, select experienced practitioners who will help to provide the training, and GPPAC members who provided rigorous feedback and committed to carry out a follow up activity in their home community or region.

Event: Towards a Comprehensive Approach? Civil Society and Security Sector Perspectives on Dutch Missions

24 February 2015 

To move from ambition to practice, Cordaid, GPPAC and PAX convened civil society, government and security sector practitioners on 24 February to discuss different approaches to peacebuilding in three fragile contexts where Dutch missions are involved. The objective was to enable a better understanding of what types of collaboration are possible and useful, and to generate follow up actions. The meeting contrasted the different perspectives between civilian, police and military actors, and identified areas of common understanding and opportunities. It further reviewed the contextual and institutional dynamics framing civil-military relations and the discussed the required roles and relationships.


Curriculum Development Military Reference Group

2 December 2014 and 5 August 2014

Members of the planning consortium for this project at the Alliance for Peacebuilding met with military trainers from the US Army War College's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, and other military trainers from other military academies to review the content of our training modules.  

Curriculum Writing Workshop

US Institute of Peace, Washington DC

16 June 2014

A core group of members from our Global Reference Group and two consultation roundtables met to discuss curriculum writing.  With presentations from both UNITAR and USIP's on-line curriculum directors, we discussed creative methods of presenting case studies and interactive scenarios to enable a more critically engaged learner.


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