Training the Trainers in Urban Security in Southern Serbia

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Commissioned as an expert in Urban Security by UN-HABITAT as a part of its PBILD programme (Peace Building and Inclusive Local Development) in Southern Serbia, Efus recently sent two project managers to prepare and set up a training workshop geared towards future local trainers.

PBILD was launched in 2009 to run for three years, and is a joint United Nations programme involving six institutions (UNDP-United Nations Development Programme, UNHCR-High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF-United Nations Children’s Fund, UN-HABITAT, IOM-International Office of Migrations and ILO-International Labour Organisation), to promote peace and sustainable development in Southern Serbia.

PBILD is led by the local UN delegation in Bujanovac, and focuses specifically on 13 municipalities in the region of Serbia close to Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

UN-Habitat is specifically responsible for strengthening institutions and local authorities to promote the peaceful prevention of violence and conflict. As a part of this programme, Efus was asked to run a training workshop for future local trainers in urban security.

Following a preliminary work visit designed to evaluate needs, Efus ran an intensive training workshop in October on the problem themes in Urban Security and the concrete methods to solve these problems. Around a dozen participants (members of local NGOs, teachers, a policeman…) had been chosen to attend this workshop, which took place over four days next to Vlasina Lake.

Notable moments from the very full workshop programme include Cecilia Andersson, of UN-HABITAT speaking on women’s safety, as well as practical sessions of role-play, and an “exploratory walk”. This practice originally launched in Quebec consists of taking “students”, under observation, to areas of a city classed as “at risk” at night, so they can experience directly anything that can lead to a feeling of insecurity (street-lighting for example). The subjects addressed, as well as the fundamental theories and methodologies of prevention across different topics (drugs, working with youths, immigration and minorities, CCTV, and the prevention of reoffending) spanned the majority of the field of discipline.

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