The IAWG Sub- Working Group on reintegration and the development of new guidance

The Sub-Working Group (SWG) on reintegration is chaired by UNDP and was established to coordinate and further the revision and updating of reintegration guidance in the IDDRS. The following IAWG members are part of the SWG: CTED, DPO, ILO, IOM, PBSO, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women and the World Bank.

Since the decision to revise and update the IDDRS was taken in 2017, the SWG on Reintegration has worked jointly at ensuring that the guidance on reintegration in the new version of the IDDRS is evidence-based, user-friendly and relevant. The work kicked-off with an inhouse desk study on examining the contemporary challenges reintegration of ex-combatants and associated groups faces in for example ongoing conflict settings. The desk study included a series of webinars, organised with the support of UNITAR, on how reintegration links to for example organised crime, gender and violent extremism.

With the generous support of the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) the IAWG held three workshops to further the revision of the IDDRS. Known to as Stockholm I, II and III, these workshops allowed the IAWG and its partners to critically examine and validate draft guidance, including issues speaking to reintegration support. During this process, IAWG agreed to revise the existing module on reintegration (4.30) and develop a new level 2 module on reintegration as part of sustaining peace. This new strategic module recognises that reintegration of ex-combatants and associated groups must be supported at all phases of conflicts. The upcoming module stress that reintegration should be provided as part of a DDR process, either as part of a DDR programme as well as when the preconditions for a DDR programme are absent.

In addition to the Stockholm workshop, the IAWG also held a separate workshop to focus specifically on reintegration. This workshop, funded by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), brought together the SWG members and partners such as the Africa Union, the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), the Elman Peace Center, FBA, the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) and the United Nations University (UNU). Bringing together key experts on reintegration brought forward discussions on key issues such as how reintegration can safely be supported during ongoing conflict and how to better connect reintegration and prevention.

Both the revised reintegration module 4.30 and the new module 2.40 Reintegration as part of Sustaining Peace are currently being finalised and validated by all the IAWG members to be ready for the upcoming launch of the revised IDDRS in November 2019.

Should you want to learn more about the SWG on Reintegration or get in touch with some the members please contact Marianne Milligan @

Updated 9 September 2019

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