IDDRS revison

Standards of performance can be critical to success—they set a baseline of excellence on complex issues. This is why bicc supported the UN over the past two years in revising and disseminating the latest version of its Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS), launched in November 2022.

The UN Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS)—first published in 2006—set a baseline for policy and practice on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) in post-conflict contexts. They aimed to harmonise the approach of some 25 UN agencies and improve the effectiveness and impact of UN-led DDR programmes.

To remain relevant in today’s world, the UN Interagency Working Group (IAWG) on DDR launched a comprehensive review of the UN approach and asked BICC to play a key role in this process.

Working directly with the UN Interagency Working Group on DDR, bicc participated in the revision process by coordinating the revisions of modules, operationalising the revised modules and training staff on the revised versions. In the final year of this two-year project, bicc not only contributed to the validation of key IDDRS modules and the development of the IDDRS Operational Guide but also provided technical advice in a number of countries (e.g. Chad, South Sudan).


Breitung, C., & Richards, J.

The Evolving Nature of DDR: Study on Engaging Armed Groups Across the Peace Continuum.

BICC , Bonn (2022)


Project team

Dr Claudia Breitung

Technical Advisor/Senior Researcher

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Milena Berks

Researcher / Project Officer

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Antje Tonn

Student Assistant

Project Partners

UN Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG)







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