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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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    • Evaluation

    Cycle of Workshops on the Impact of Civilian CSDP Missions

    This report presents the mains findings from two workshops jointly organised by the CoE and PCM.1 on the impact evaluation of civilian CSDP missions. The aim of the workshops was to draw on the expertise of evaluation specialists and to inform Member States about the next steps in the development of the evaluation methodology by PCM.1.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Strengthening Civilian CSDP through Enhanced Application of the EU’s Integrated Approach

    The baseline document for the CoE’s Civilian CSDP Summer Forum 2024 provides an overview of the different actors involved in the EU Integrated Approach and illustrates good practices and current challenges with a view to the implementation of the Integrated Approach. The document examines all levels of integration - the national level (Member States), the level of the EU institutions and services, and the actors in theatre (missions and other stakeholders on the ground) - and offers food for thought for areas of improvement in the application of the Integrated Approach.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Evaluation

    Assessing the Effectiveness of European Union Civilian CSDP Missions Involved in Security Sector Reform: the Cases of Afghanistan, Mali and Niger

    This report is the result of an impact evaluation of the civilian CSDP missions in Afghanistan (2007-2016), Niger (2012-2024), and Mali (2014-). Tying together their findings, the researchers outline six primary factors undermining the effectiveness of all three missions and recommend practical solutions for current and future missions to enhance effectiveness. It provides crucial insights for both mandate development and implementation.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    European Defence - The Future of EU Missions

    This policy brief by the Clingendael Institute frames the changing status quo of EU CSDP in the context of ongoing security crises. The authors discuss how the war in Ukraine, the series of coups d'état in the Sahel, and spillover from the Israel-Hamas war are affecting CSDP and recommend policy changes for CSDP policy and missions moving forward.
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    • Career Path Development
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Case Study Report: Civilian CSDP Missions in the Career Paths of Women within the Belgian Integrated Police

    The report presents findings of a case study on incentives and disincentives of women employees within the Belgian Integrated Police considering international civilian crisis management missions as part of their career.
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    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment

    Civilian Crisis Management – the Finnish Model

    On this CMC Finland page, you will find a comprehensive list of government documents on policy and strategy as well as legislation that make up Finland’s framework for civilian crisis management. Additionally, other important arrangements relating to the budget and decision-making are explained. The model is the basis for all Finnish engagements in international civilian crisis management missions and operations including civilian CSDP missions where Finland is a major contributor.
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    • Evaluation
    • Knowledge Management

    Crisis and Transformative Learning in Communities of Practice: Semi-Formal Learning in CSDP during COVID-19

    This research article discusses how COVID-19 temporarily created a radical change in the lessons learnt process of CSDP. Using the theoretical framework of Communities of Practice (CoPs), in this case the agencies, EEAS directorates, missions, and other workplace communities and venues for interaction within the CSDP architecture, the researchers find that the pandemic decreased the political contestation between CoPs and created a high-engagement environment where lessons were freely shared among CoPs as they were learned, with PCM (then-ISP) as the knowledge broker.
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    • CSDP Partnerships, Partner Countries and Third States

    Frameworks for Participation Agreements in Crisis Management Missions between the EU and Third States

    Third State participation has been a part of EU civilian CSDP since the first mission was launched in 2003. This index from EUR-Lex of Framework Participation Agreements (FPAs) provides a timeline of the EU’s broadening ties to Third States through a standardised system of bilateral agreements for CSDP. The FPAs regulate important aspects of the relationship between the parties such as initiation and termination of Third State participation, hierarchy and discipline of personnel, confidentiality of shared information, and financing of missions.
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    • Career Path Development

    Workshop Report: Processes for the Return of Seconded Civil Servants to their Home Agencies

    On 23 November 2023, the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE) hosted an online workshop on the topic ‘Processes for the return of seconded civil servants to their home agencies’. This workshop report summarises the discussions from the workshop and includes findings connected to challenges, good practices, and possible new solutions on these processes.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Knowledge Management
    • Training

    Knowledge Management Training at EUCAP Somalia

    These resources were prepared for EUCAP Somalia for a training on Knowledge Management (KM) attended by both mission staff and local partners. Seen as a success story by the mission, it has increased sustainability of missions' initiatives as local partners were able to build on the training. The resources will be of interest to any mission looking to improve or establish knowledge management, or even to engage with partners on the subject.
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