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The Knowledge Hub is your comprehensive pool of publicly available resources on civilian crisis management. It offers policy and research papers, analyses, reports, recommendations as well as media files and links to relevant other websites or platforms. The CoE is constantly expanding the scope of resources and welcomes suggestions for inclusion of specific resources through the upload centre.

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  • Gender Mainstreaming and Increasing Women’s Representation

Civilian Operations Commander Operational Guidelines for Mission Management and Staff on Gender Mainstreaming

These guidelines aim to operationalise political commitments regarding gender mainstreaming in missions. Designed for CSDP civilian missions management and staff, they focus on integrating the gender dimension into the daily work of the missions.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions

Upgraded Generic Standards of Behaviour for CSDP Missions and Operations

This document revises and replaces the Generic Standards of Behaviour for ESDP Operations (2005). It addresses i.a. professional integrity, sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and abuse, corruption, and discretion in handling information. The standards apply to both civilian and military CSDP missions and operations’ personnel and are coherent with comparable standards, especially those of the UN.
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  • Gender Mainstreaming and Increasing Women’s Representation

EEAS Gender and Equal Opportunities Strategy 2018-2023

The document outlines the main aspects of an EEAS strategy on gender and equal opportunities for the period 2018-2023. It elaborates on its priorities, rationale, objectives and suggested actions and means of implementation. It was developed to form the strategic framework for promoting gender equality and equal opportunities for all members, in all functions and at all levels of the EEAS. It can serve as an example for other actors, institutions and organisations looking for inspiration on how to develop frameworks of their own.
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  • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
  • Training Alignment and Leadership Capacity Building

Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel

These voluntary guidelines aim at harmonising an understanding and implementation of, as well as approach to, duty of care. They are designed to serve as a basis for clarification and exchange between seconding and receiving organisations as well as with individual secondees.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions

Code of Conduct and Discipline for EU Civilian CSDP Missions

This code of conduct presents the responsibility and disciplinary steps that are taken in case of misconduct in a civilian CSDP mission. It applies to all personnel of the mission: seconded, contracted, local staff and other persons such as visiting experts.
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  • Gender Mainstreaming and Increasing Women’s Representation
  • Training Alignment and Leadership Capacity Building

A Gender Perspective in CSDP: Training Manual

Geared towards trainers, this manual offers several "ready to use" concepts and exercises on the integration of a gender perspective into civilian as well as military CSDP.
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  • Knowledge Management
  • Strategic Communication

The Management Handbook for UN Field Missions

This handbook provides useful and concise reminders of good management methods and effective working practices specifically adapted to field missions.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions

Draft Revised Guidelines on the Protection of Civilians in CSDP Missions and Operations

This document contains the latest EU guidelines on the protection of civilians (PoC) in CSDP missions and operations, thereby superseding the 2003 draft Guidelines on the Protection of Civilians in EU-led Crisis Management Operations. It defines PoC as “all activities aimed at obtaining full respect for the rights of the individual in accordance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law”.
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  • Gender Mainstreaming and Increasing Women’s Representation

Gender Budgeting: Practical Implementation

This handbook provides a how-to on gender budgeting. This includes context elements, prerequisites, and tools for gender budgeting, as well an extended analysis of different governance levels. It opens the discussion with an analysis of civil society’s role in gender budget work.
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  • Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management Toolkit for the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Practice Area

This toolkit focusses on the day-to-day integration of Knowledge Management practices in crisis contexts. It aims at encouraging strategic planning and the creation of knowledge products that are clear, coherent and address identified knowledge gaps.
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