A Handbook and Training Curriculum on Human Security and Peace Support Operations

March 2015 UPDATE: Our first drafts of the Civil Society-Miltiary-Police Handbook on Human Security are posted below. These early drafts will go through many months of editing and commenting before we will publish them later this year.  

Each of the Modules include lesson handbook with advanced reading and training notes, 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 1 hour that begins with a 15 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 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 7 Powerpoint: Introduction to Civil Society and NGOs

Module 3: Conflict Assessment

Lesson 9 Powerpoint: Methods of Research

Lesson 10 Powerpoint: Conflict Assessment and Planning

Module 5: Civil-Military-Police Coordination for Human Security

Lesson 17: Legal Frameworks for Civil-Military-Police Relations

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

Lesson 19: Civil-Military-Police Guidance 


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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