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Conducting Preliminary Assessments

  • Conducting preliminary assessments is the first step in designing effective DDR programming.  All assessment processes should engage the populations they are hoping to serve.  Key assessment areas include:
    • Gender Assessments. Conduct initial assessments, such as focus groups, of specific capacities, vulnerabilities, and issues faced by (1)  women associated with armed forces; and (2) women and girls in the community; taking into account the diversity within both of these groups and the overlaps among them (UNDP, 2011)
    • Reintegration Opportunities Mapping. Assess opportunities where  WOMEN ASSOCIATED WITH ARMED FORCES and male ex-combatants will be able to participate in their communities economically and socially (UNDP, 2011).

Additional Tools:

Women, Gender and DDR (DPKO, 2006).  Available in English.

Second Generation Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Practices In Peace Operations (DPKO, 2010).  Available in English.

For tools such as Focus Group Guidelines, Questionnaires, Market Opportunity Analysis, and Reintegration Support Services Mapping, see: Specht, I. 2008. “Socio-Economic Profiling and Opportunity Mapping Manual.” NODEFIC and Transition International. p.63 – 109.

Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration: Mapping Issues, Dilemmas and Guiding Principles (Ball, N. and Goor, L. van de, 2006). Available in English.