A First-Ever Civil-Military Human Security Curriculum

Today’s security challenges are complex—there are no simple solutions—but the Alliance for Peacebuilding 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:

 Handbook  Case Studies  Policy Brief

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

Local Ownership of Security: Case Studies of Peacebuilding Approaches

Policy Brief: Local Ownership, Coordination, & Human Security


The Need for Integrated Civil-Military-Police Training

Integrated Training from Ernie Didot on Vimeo.

Stories of Local Ownership of Security

Local Ownership from Ernie Didot on Vimeo.

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.)

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Lisa Schirch and AfP’s CEO Melanie Greenberg in The Hague with policymakers, representatives from the military, police, and civil society organizations from around the world–marking the launch of this historic curriculum.

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For more information on AfP’s work in Human Security, email Lisa Schirch at lisas@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.