Objectives and Guiding Principles

Objectives and Mission

The over-reaching objectives of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)
process are:
  • to contribute to creating an enabling environment to human security
  • to support post- war disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and national recovery programmes
  • to support social stabilization across the entire south Sudan

The DDR shall take place within a comprehensive process of national reconciliation and healing process through the Southern Sudan as part of the peace and confidence building measures.

The mission of the Commission is to address the challenges of demobilized former combatant and vulnerable groups. To enable this, the Commission will creatively and productively promote an optimal security atmosphere which shall underpin the coexistence amongst the entire South Sudanese communities and war affected who have been left without a civil form of social life

In terms of security and socio-economic reintegration, the Commission aims to create the possibility of new roles to former combatants and war affected vulnerable groups, and to fully reinsert them into harmonious civilian society that shall finally enjoy the culture of peace and sustainability.


The Guiding Principles

National ownership - Leadership of the process and the capacities of national institutions shall be built to effectively lead the overall process.

Links with Wider Recovery - Reintegration programming shall be conceptualized, designed, planned and implemented as part of, and in very close cooperation with, the wider recovery strategy, including rehabilitation of social and physical infrastructure, resettlement of displaced populations, reconciliation efforts, respect for human rights, and rule of law.

Justice and Equity - The principle of equity among the ex-combatants applies throughout the process. No discrimination on the basis of religious, ethnic, allocation or military group will be accepted.

Transparency and Accountability - The programme is open to all partners and stakeholders along the process of planning and implementation.

Working through Existing Institutions - The programme works through existing foundations such as training institutions and media and communication facilities.

Consideration for Cultural Diversity - Granting full respect to all religious and customs of all former combatants.

Targeted Assistance - The reintegration programme will focus on an individual approach for the assistance of ex-combatants (XC) and Special Needs Groups (SNG). The underlining principle is to provide every eligible XC and SNG with an immediate package of assistance in support of their effective reintegration by giving them a means to sustain a livelihood.

Promotion of Gender Equality - Women and men need to be equitably involved at all levels of the planning and implementation process.

“Do No Harm” - DDR process strives to avoid negative impacts in communities in relation to potential or current conflict or insecurity.  As the purpose of DDR is to enhance security, a conflict sensitive approach will ensure analysis of and focus on aspects and entities that can lead to insecurity. This approach will help guard against DDR interventions contributing to insecurity in some areas while enhancing security in others.

Information Management and Proactive Communication - Effective communication will ensure that the activities of the DDR process do not build false expectations about what the process can deliver, who will be involved and what benefits will be available.  False expectations can lead to security problems for the programme, and can create psychosocial problems for those whose expectations will not be met – this therefore links with the above principle of “Do No Harm”.