What is it?

The IAWG is the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). IAWG was established by the UN Executive Committee on Peace and Security (ECPS) on 31 March 2005 and is co-chaired by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It currently comprises 20 UN member entities (see full listing below).

What is its purpose?

IAWG was established to improve the UN’s performance in the area of DDR by contributing to an integrated approach representing the application of the “UN Delivering as One” principle, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of DDR processes worldwide.

The IAWG is mandated to:   

  • Provide strategic advice to assist the Organization in improving its work on DDR. This includes, among others, advice on the required changes or adjustments to the structure and processes in the Organization relating to DDR planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Maintain and review the developed set of United Nations guidance on DDR, including recommending how such a body of guidance can systematically and periodically be reviewed and updated.
  • Advise the Organization on training needs, policies and strategies in the area of DDR, including coordinating the roll-out of this set of guidance to all United Nations partners engaged in DDR.
  • Develop and manage the United Nations DDR Resource Centre.
  • Facilitate planning of DDR operations among relevant United Nations agencies.
  • Undertake other DDR activities as appropriate.

How does the IAWG do this?

One of the main achievements of the IAWG in promoting an integrated approach has been the development of the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS). The IDDRS are a comprehensive repository of policies, guidelines and procedures on DDR. (Click here to access the IDDRS). The IAWG also works to facilitate communication and joint planning as well as to provide training and resources to its member entities.

Other services offered by the IAWG include:

  • Building awareness of and buy-in to the concept of integrated DDR programmes at the Headquarters and country levels.
  • Implementing integrated DDR programmes at the country level, consistent with the IDDRS.
  • Establishing an integrated DDR training and capacity development programme, guided by IDDRS content.
  • Reviewing and updating policy content in the IDDRS.
  • Establishing gender-responsive DDR programmes at the country level.
  • Developing a UN roster of experts and specialists on DDR.
  • Maintaining and updating the UN DDR Resource Centre.
  • Building and strengthening partnerships with external partners.
  • Strengthening and expanding the IAWG Secretariat with financial and human resources. 

Funding: The IAWG is funded by activities of its member entities. In addition, the European Union contributed 1.5 million Euro (2010-2011) to help expand IAWG capacities in the three areas of knowledge management; capacity development, including gender/HIV responsiveness; and Secretariat support.  The Government of Norway has also contributed 100,000 USD towards the development of the DDR and Gender course.

IAWG Secretariat:

Currently, there is no permanent Secretariat function. In the past, the IAWG coordinator assisted in administrative and logistical aspects of the IAWG work.

Future Activities:

In 2011-2012 the IAWG will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Integrated DDR Standards, which were formally launched by the Secretary-General in December 2006. The IAWG will also direct more focus on the implementation and practice of existing policies, monitoring and evaluation and evidence-based DDR.

The UN DDR Resource Centre will be modified and updated to improve the level of information sharing between Headquarters and the field.

DDR courses will be conducted working with the existing training institutes, which will include both global and country-specific trainings. (For more information, please visit the Training and Events page). 

The Sub-Working Groups on Capacity Development, Gender and HIV, Knowledge Management and Reintegration will continue their efforts in enhancing the information flow between Headquarters and the field, building capacity through trainings on DDR for field personnel and ensuring gender mainstreaming at programme and policy levels, and practical implementation.

IAWG Members
Click on the link below to read more about each member’s involvement in DDR and to access their individual websites.