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The Knowledge Hub is your comprehensive pool of 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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    • Women, Peace and Security

    Workshop Report: Work-life balance and other factors affecting women’s participation in civilian CSDP missions

    On 8 October 2021, the third Cluster 5 virtual workshop on women’s participation in civilian CSDP Missions was held focusing on work-life balance in civilian crisis management missions. It explored some of the challenges of reconciling work, private and family life, which has been identified as a barrier affecting particularly women’s opportunities and choices to seek deployment in crisis management missions. Removing barriers and promoting conducive working environment affects positively the recruitment and retention of women experts. Studies have shown that policies and practices designed to encourage work-life balance can play an important role in attracting, motivating and retaining highly skilled and diverse experts.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    The EU’s Strategic Approach to CSDP Interventions: Building a Tenet from Praxis

    The article analyses the strategic and concrete approach of the EU and EU Member States to crisis management in the CSDP framework. In particular, it investigates the creation of objectives for CSDP interventions by exploring the way they have been developed, practised and interpreted by practitioners working in the CSDP framework.
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    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment

    Workshop Report and Presentations: Frameworks for Secondments​ of Experts outside Public Service (EoPS)​ ​

    You will find here the report of a workshop on the secondment of Experts outside of Public Service (EoPS) jointly organised by the CoE and the Chair of NIP Cluster 2. It summarises key takeaways, extracted from both the upstream analysis of member-states (MS) practices and the presentations and discussions happening in the workshop. Additionally, the presentations by the CoE, Denmark and the Netherlands are linked.
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    • Career Path Development
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment

    What Works in Career Path Development for Freelancers in Civilian CSDP missions

    Based on individual interviews with EU Member States and a workshop jointly organised by DCAF and Ireland chairing a cluster discussion on career path development, this report presents good practices for freelancers' secondment in civilian CSDP missions.
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    • Career Path Development
    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Climate and Security
    • Knowledge Management
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Research, Development, Innovation and Technology
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP
    • Training

    Compact 2.0: Integrating Civilian CSDP into the Strategic Compass

    This paper outlines key aspects of civilian crisis management that should form the basis of what has been termed the Compact 2.0. The paper argues that this Compact 2.0 should, alongside the 2018 civilian CSDP Compact, meaningfully inform the emerging Strategic Compass (SC).
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Youth, Peace and Security: Finland’s National Action Plan 2021–2024

    Finland has been the first country that published a national action plan on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution recognises the positive and active role of youth in preventing and resolving conflicts, building peace, and preventing violent extremism.
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    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation

    Workshop Report: Strengthening CSDP-JHA Cooperation. Harmonising Narratives to Bolster Cooperation within Member States

    This is the report of the first workshop out of a series of three CoE events aimed at improving CSDP-JHA cooperation. At the centre of this workshop were the EU Member States which took the opportunity to exchange views on good practices and challenges of CSDP-JHA cooperation at the national level. The report summarises recommendations for building a more harmonised narrative on the nexus between CSDP-JHA at the national level, and on aligning internal and external security agendas. 
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    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • Strategic Communication

    Workshop Report: Ways to Improve National Communication with Line Ministries / JHA Actors

    The third meeting of Cluster 3, chaired by Germany with the support of the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE), was dedicated to national communication with line ministries / JHA actors on civilian CSDP and brought together participants from 19 EU Member States (MS) and the EEAS. The workshop facilitated the exchange of challenges and good practices regarding communication strategies. Participants discussed communication messages and activities from different perspectives, in particular directly from the line ministries concerned (MoI, MoJ), as well as MFA and seconding agencies.
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    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment

    Workshop Report and Presentations: Legal, Regulatory and Budgetary Frameworks of Secondment

    This report of a workshop jointly organised by the CoE and the Chair of NIP Cluster 2 summarises key take-aways that shall offer EU Member States a path to adapt good practices to each national setup. You will also find on this page the presentations prepared by the CoE, Finland, Latvia and an additional presentation by Sweden's FBA on their URA Agreement on Overseas Contracts and Guidelines on Employment Conditions in Service Abroad.
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    • Strategic Communication
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Infographic: Peace and Security in the EU

    In this report, you will find infographics depicting the EU’s actions in peace and security that can be used for strategic communication purposes. 
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