Handbook on Human Security

Handbook on Human Security

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(Alliance for Peacebuilding)

 Click here to access the curricula and reports mentioned in this article on the Alliance for Peacebuilding website.

Today’s security challenges are complex—there are no simple solutions—but AfP has continued to make compelling strides toward a global framework for informed and effective human security strategy. 

Human security aims to address the root causes of today’s crises, ensuring the rights and needs of people, and addressing the root causes of conflict: citizens who live with dignity and have hope for their future rarely take up arms or join extremist movements.

Security forces face complex environments with a diverse range of local actors.  Peacebuilders on the ground have the local knowledge to shape the successful connection of civil society with security forces.  This collaboration is crucial in achieving the shared goal of resolving conflicts and providing for the security of people, yet to date, few guidelines exist to guide the successful partnership of civil society and security forces.

AfP’s Director of Human Security, Lisa Schirch, has spearheaded a comprehensive, three-year project culminating in a first-ever handbook and online training curriculum, along with a compilation of case studies illustrating successful civil-military collaborations, and a policy brief outlining key guidelines for policymakers.

The handbook and curriculum represent a giant leap forward for our civil-military human security capability in the peacebuilding field—a wealth of information, now freely available to the community online—to better prepare civilians, military, and police for coordinating with each other for human security:

The materials are accompanied by two videos: 

Last week, AfP, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies convened an international conference in The Hague—bringing together policymakers with representatives from the military, police, and civil society organizations from around the world.

The event—Preparing a New Generation of Civil-Military-Police Coordination for Human Security—marked the culmination of this project, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the official launch of the training materials.  (For more information about the project, go to http://bit.ly/JDiVNf, where you can download the handbook, case study report, and policy brief.)

This proud achievement is part of a series of accomplishments for our field this year.  As we look toward a new year of challenge and opportunity, AfP will need your help to continue in this role of pioneering leadership.  We invite you to #BeThePeace–and share with us in future success stories!

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