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, inluding Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Ukraine.

OUR PEACE & SECURITY PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

UKRAINE: Police Training Assistance Project (PTAP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2016 – 2019)
The Police Training Assistance Project (PTAP) aims to provide advisory services and training to help strengthen the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) and support a national police academy system that will enable the merit-based professional development of a gender-sensitive, community-oriented national police service based on local resourcing and international standards and best practices. The project will include: (a) the development of an organizational governance and policy framework for the NPU to advance professional development; (b) the establishment of a legal framework for a police academy system, including support for training infrastructure; (c) capacity building support for leadership, operational management and specialized policing functions; and (d) development of curricula, faculty development and certification processes to support police training.
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)
In the South Sudanese counties of Pibor and Uror in Jonglei State, peace and security are threatened by persistent communal and ethnic violence. In response to this crisis, Agriteam implemented the GAC-funded, Community Stabilization and Peace through Capacity Building project in order to enhance security and peaceful relations among community members and leaders by providing training for citizens on skills to heal trauma and reconcile conflict.

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.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan National Police Support for Democratic Elections (Global Affairs Canada, 2012-2013)
This project was designed to build knowledge and awareness within the senior ranks of the Afghan National Police (ANP) of the critical roles and responsibilities of police within a representative democracy, with a particular focus on the electoral process. The aim was to mitigate the negative actions and behaviours that have been demonstrated in previous elections, so that the Afghan National Security Forces are seen by the Afghan population as neutral and independent institutions. The project’s ultimate outcome was that the ANP now has the resources necessary to strengthen the role of leadership and officers in the electoral process.
AFGHANISTAN: Weish Border and Customs Facility Feasibility Study and Pre-Construction Project (Global Affairs Canada, 2008 – 2011)
The objective of this two-part project was to determine the feasibility of, and conduct the planning for, building a border facility at Weish, the second largest border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The feasibility study included an assessment of security risks, and a description of: the local context, local population and analysis of their concerns, civil works, hydrology, an assessment of land use, ownership and tenancy. The pre-construction project includes the development and implementation of a resettlement plan, the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) pursuant to Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) standards and the establishment of local support for the project through an information and good works campaign.
MONGOLIA: Advancing Education for Democracy with the Community of Democracies (Global Affairs Canada, 2012 – 2013)
Supported by the Global Peace and Security Fund, the Advancing Education for Democracy project was designed to provide technical support to the intergovernmental Education for Democracy working group on the operationalization and promotion of education for democracy through the development of a world-class curriculum framework. The project enhanced understanding and skills for education for democracy implementation and increased access to quality education for democracy teaching and learning resources; improved citizens’ influence over decision-making processes in repressive, fragile and emerging contexts; and fostered more accountable and responsive democratic governance and implementation of citizen-centered democracy by states and civil society organizations.
PHILIPPINES: Local Governance Support Program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (Global Affairs Canada, 2005 – 2010)
This governance and peace building project was implemented in the fragile and conflict-affected Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in Southern Philippines. The goal of LGSPA was to support the Government of the Philippines’ and the Autonomous Region in creating sustainable communities characterized by economic growth, peace, social equity, environmental sustainability and good governance. LGSPA engaged all 118 municipalities and two cities in the Region, all six provincial governments, the ARMM Regional Government, and the Local Government Unit Leagues, building local government capacity in leadership and management, effective service delivery, resource generation and management, economic growth, and participatory governance/peace building. The project also worked on the demand side of governance, supporting civil society organizations, NGOs, peace networks, academia, media groups and Muslim religious leaders to improve their capacity in advocacy and participation in local governance consultations. Chief among LGSPA results is the establishment of a Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board, an important step toward developing the halal industry, generating economic growth and reducing poverty in the region.