PEACE & SECURITY
Agriteam has been providing support to peace and security operations in fragile and conflict-affected states for more than a decade. We have been involved in stabilization efforts in Afghanistan and in several regions where there have been sustained levels of peace and security. We have assisted in the transition to democracy, working with groups on reconciliation and helping communities develop, through effective collaboration and stronger participation in law-making and development planning and the advancement and inclusion of women.
We have also been strong advocates in combating violence and promoting equal access to justice, information and other fundamental freedoms for women, children, and other vulnerable groups.
OUR EXPERTISE INCLUDES:
- Reinforcing police reform efforts
- Conducting stabilization operations in fragile and post-conflict regions
- Providing support to conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts
- Facilitating dialogue, mediation and reconciliation between diverse groups
- Promoting human rights, freedoms and inclusion
- Supporting civil society organizations, NGOs, peace networks, academia, and religious leaders to improve their capacity in advocacy and participation with local government
- Providing leadership training to security forces
- Combatting trafficking of women and children and gender-based violence
Agriteam has worked on several initiatives to build and sustain peace and security in fragile and post-conflict states, including Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Ukraine.
OUR PEACE & SECURITY PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS
UKRAINE: Police Training Assistance Project (PTAP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2016 – 2019)
UKRAINE: Support to Reform of Patrol Police in Ukraine (SRPPU) (Global Affairs Canada, 2015 – 2016)
The establishment of new Patrol Police Services is one of the most tangible reforms introduced following Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution. Representing the Canadian contribution of a multi-donor reform effort, Agriteam’s SRPPU project built the capacity of the Ukrainian Patrol Police force to provide more efficient, trustworthy and reliable police services for communities across Ukraine. Agriteam provided “professional” or non-tactical training programs, support to the police communications and public relations functions, and purchased uniforms and equipment (such as utility belts and body cameras). Since July 2015, SRPPU provided non-tactical training to approximately 450 recruits in 12 cities across Ukraine, using a diverse range of instructors from the private sector including law professors, barristers, and solicitors. SRPPU also supported other training and development initiatives, including senior and mid-level management courses for urban Commanders and Deputy Commanders, as well as a number of “train-the-trainer” programs in the fields of police tactics and the use of force. SRPPU further helped to strengthen police public outreach programs by providing training to national and regional Press Officers, establishing the internet and social media presence of the Patrol Police, and supporting the development and roll-out of public opinion surveys to determine the impact of new policing approaches on the community. Early surveys indicate reforms are already garnering strong public support.
MYANMAR: Skills for Conflict Prevention: Engagement, Partnership Brokering, Negotiation, Facilitation (Skills Ph1) (Global Affairs Canada (START Program), 2013 – 2014)
The project worked to build peace during Myanmar’s transition from authoritarianism to democracy through building the advocacy and negotiation skills of two ethnic minority groups (Pa-Po and Danu) located in semi-autonomous regions of the country. Agriteam and partners worked with minority civil society groups to provide them with the skills to advocate for their interests with the government, and also to help their communities develop through effective collaboration and stronger participation in law-making and development planning, and the advancement and inclusion of women. The most significant accomplishment of this project was overcoming a history of conflict between one of the targeted ethnic groups and the Burmese government and bringing them together to conduct peaceful talks for the first time.
SOUTH SUDAN: Community Stabilization and Peace through Capacity Building in Jonglei State (Global Affairs Canada, 2012 – 2013)
Working with The Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE), the project organized capacity development activities in basic trauma healing, conflict reconciliation, community stabilization, and the development of educational materials on conflict prevention. The diverse range of participants included community members, government administrators, police, chiefs, and headmen/headwomen. The project’s innovative use of broad-reaching educational materials and exchange visits between Pibor and Uror led to improved dialogue, healing, and mutual understanding. The project also raised awareness around relevant aspects of the Local Government Act (2012) and its use in conflict prevention, human rights, and gender equality.