Global Partners

Association for Security Sector Reform Education and Training (ASSET) is an open and voluntary association of organisations and institutions engaged in Security Sector Reform (SSR) education and training. It was founded in March 2008 and currently includes close to forty members.

ASSET aims to support the development and delivery of education and training courses and teaching materials in order to meet the increasing need for highly qualified SSR practitioners, planners, trainers and policymakers.

Through encouraging the delivery of high quality SSR education and training, ASSET supports the development of SSR capacity within governments, donors, security sector institutions, parliaments, non-governmental organisations and international/regional organisations.

Through this support ASSET aims to drive up the standards, coverage and availability of SSR training, as well as increasing the effectiveness of SSR policymaking and programming. ZPSP is an active member of ASSET and provides its range of national partners with access to ASSET resources. 


African Security Sector Network (ASSN) is a pan-African network of experts and organisations working in the area of Security Sector Reform (SSR). Founded in 2003, the ASSN exists to facilitate progress towards the achievement of effective and democratically governed security sectors across Africa.

It pursues this mission by working to strengthen the capacities of African governments, national security institutions, parliaments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society groups to undertake and own SSR programmes.  

The organisation also strives to expand the concept of African SSR through sustained research, publication and training. ASSN provides ZPSP with access to a full range of African SSR resources and knowledge.


The European Union(EU) is the principal funding partner of the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP). The programme is funded by an EU grant contract under the Instrument for Stability (IfS), a strategic tool designed to address global security and development challenges.

The central strategic objective of this funding partnership is to contribute towards the “establishment of an inclusive nationally-owned security sector transformation process by both state and non-state actors in Zimbabwe”.


The Folke Bernadotte academy (FBA) is a Swedish government agency dedicated to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of international conflict and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations.

The agency is named after Count Folke Bernadotte, the first official UN mediator, and its mission reflects Sweden’s commitment to international peace, security and development.

Within its mandate, the FBA serves as a national point of contact with international organisations, including the UN, EU, AU and OSCE. Its main areas of responsibility include: Education and training; policy, research and development; national and international cooperation and coordination; and funding of civil society peace projects.


The Southern African Defence and Security Management Network (SADSEM) network comprises 11 tertiary partner institutions throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

It seeks to contribute to peace and security in southern Africa by strengthening the democratic management of its defence forces and other security organs.

It does so primarily by offering specialised training programmes to police and military officers and others involved in managing defence and security in the region.

It also undertakes research on defence and security issues, and helps governments in the region to develop defence and security policy. Both ZPSP and the University of Zimbabwe Centre for Defence Studies are members of SADSEM, with UZ-CDS playing the role of SADSEM co-ordinator in Zimbabwe.


Swedepeace is an independent, impartial and non-profit foundation, which in collaboration with a global network of partners, helps create conditions for human security, and peaceful and conflict resolution.

Swedepeace aims at improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of peace and security initiatives by helping bridge the gap between theory, policy and practice.

Swedepeace played an important role in establishing ZPSP capacity and remains a key consultative partner, providing ZPSP with access to a wide range of global knowledge.


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), among other issues, works for the:

  • Elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
  • Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women is the ZPSP’s partner for the Gender Mainstreaming in the Security Sector (GEMASSET) project. This project involves conducting tailor-made trainings on gender mainstreaming in the security sector for state and non-state actors. In addition to funding some components of the project, UN Women also contributes technical experts to the various activities conducted under the project. 


The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) implements the foreign policy of the Swiss Federal Council. Swiss foreign policy is based on the fundamental principles of the rule of law, universality and neutrality. Priority areas for the FDFA are:

  • Cooperation
  • Humanitarian and economic aid
  • Human security, which includes the promotion of peace, human rights, humanitarian policy and migration

The FDFA gives both financial and technical support to the ZPSP project entitled “Building and managing consensus for peace and security in Zimbabwe”. Under this project, several plans are being developed into a consensus-based national action plan for the security sector in which the various issues and priorities are each to be negotiated by the stakeholders.


The Centre for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is a Swiss institution that offers security policy expertise in research, teaching and consultancy. The CSS at ETH Zurich combines research and policy consultancy and, as such, functions as a bridge between academia and practice. 

The CSS at ETH Zurich gives technical support to ZPSP in the implementation of the project entitled “Building and managing consensus for peace and security in Zimbabwe”.