At the request of the European Union and the Swiss Government, both key donors for ZPSP, the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) undertook a mission to document lessons learnt from the implementation of the ZPSP. The mission was held from 21-30 June 2015. Documenting the work of the ZPSP represented an opportunity for ISSAT to conduct empirically based research on a home-grown, nationally owned and inclusive SSR programming in Africa.
The central goals of the ISSAT mission were to identify lessons and map good practice from:
1) The emergence and survival of the ZPSP in a contested political environment where security sector reform had been rejected for being considered a synonym of regime change
2) The process of building legitimacy and national ownership of the programme in adverse political conditions and within limited financial options.
- A dedicated webpage under the ISSAT website, featuring a narrative report outlining the lessons identified, a set of good practice vignettes, and the corresponding illustrative videos. The webpage is available from
- A narrative report that presents the context in which the ZPSP operates, and the findings, crafted as lessons identified and good practice. The report is available online from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9HZULk4n2efVi00aHFIZlBONTQ/view?usp=sharing
- A twenty-seven minute video compilation of interviews with ZPSP trustees, staff and partners is available at