Security Sector Reform

A list of commonly used acronyms in SSR

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AAP Africa Action Plan
ACPP Africa Conflict Prevention Pool
ACU Africa Conflict Unit
AGHD Africa and Greater Horn Department
AU African Union
BMATT British Military Assistance Training Teams
CEE Central and Eastern Europe
CFSP Common Foreign and Security Policy
CHAD Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department (now known as CHASE)
CHASE Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (DFID)
CIG Conflict Issues Group (FCO)
CIMIC Civil Military Cooperation
CoE Council of Europe

Network on Conflict, Peace and Development

CPI Conflict Prevention Index
CPN Conflict Prevention Network
CPPs Conflict Prevention Pools
CPPB Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
CPU Conflict Prevention Unit
CSCE Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe
DAC Development Assistance Committee
DCAF Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
DDR Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration
DERA Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
DFID Department for International Development
DIS Defence Intelligence Staff
DOP Defence and Overseas Policy Committee
DOP (A) Defence and Overseas Policy Committee
(Sub-Committee for Sub-Saharan Africa)
DOP (OA) Defence and Overseas Policy Committee
(Sub-Committee for Outside Sub-Saharan Africa)
DPKO Department of Peacekeeping Operations
DRC Democratic Republic of Congo
DSTL Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ECHO European Community Humanitarian Affairs Office
ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States
EMC Evaluation Management Committee
ESDP European Security and Defence Policy
EU European Union
FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FSU Former Soviet Union
GCHQ Government Communications Headquarters
GCPP Global Conflict Prevention Pool
GFN Global Facilitation Network
GOF Global Opportunities Fund
GTZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
HMG Her Majesty’s Government
HMT Her Majesty’s Treasury
HRW Human Rights Watch
ICISS International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
IDPs Internally Displaced Persons
IFIs International Financial Institutions
IF-SSR Implementation Framework for SSR
IGAD Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
IISS International Institute for Strategic Studies
IMATT International Military Advisory and Training Team
IMF International Monetary Fund
IPU Iraq Policy Unit (FCO)
ISSRG Informal SSR Group (HMG)
IWPR Institute for War and Peace Reporting
JIC Joint Intelligence Committee
JMC Joint Military Commission
MENA Middle East and North Africa
MOD Ministry of Defence
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
NEPAD New Partnership for African Development
NGO Non-Governmental Organisation
oda Official Development Assistance
ODA Overseas Development Administration
ODM Ministry of Overseas Development
OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OSCE Organisations for Security and Cooperation in Europe
PCRU Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit
PRIO International Peace Research Institute
PRSP Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
PSA Public Service Agreement
PSOs Peace Support Operations
QIP Quality Improvement Programme
RUF Revolutionary United Front
SAA Stabilisation and Association Agreements
SALW Small Arms/Light Weapons
SAM Strategic Assessment Methodology
SCA Strategic Conflict Assessment
SDA Service Delivery Agreement
SEATO South East Asia Treaty Organisation
SEESAC South Eastern European Clearing-house for control of Small-arms and Light Weapons
SIDDR Stockholm Initiative on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration
SIPRI Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
SIS Secret Intelligence Service
SITCEN Joint Situation Centre
SJSR Security and Justice Sector Reform
SSDAT Security Sector Development Advisory Team
SSR Security Sector Reform / Security System Reform
SSAJ Safety, Security and Access to Justice
ToRs Terms of Reference
TRC Truth and Reconciliation Commission
UK United Kingdom
UN United Nations
UNAMSIL United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNDPKO United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund
UNICRI United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
UNIDER United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNSC United Nations Security Council
US United States
USA United States of America
USAID US Agency for International Development
USCR United States Committee for Refugees
USSR Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
VfM Value for Money
VMT Verification Monitoring Team
WB World Bank
WHO World Health Organisation
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction